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PGCAP Module 3: Enhancing Academic Practice

Module 3: Enhancing Academic Practice

Option 1: Learning and Teaching

M3LT is concerned with learning and teaching enhancement/innovation, and during this module, participants conduct a short enhancement/innovation project to be presented internally. Participants focus on producing an output which allows them to develop their abilities in innovating teaching and learning. Mentors within Schools will provide participants advice, supported by the PCAP team as required.

Further information is available from the PGCAP M3LT Handbook

Option 2: Research Design, Management and Supervision

M3RDM provides an introduction to the research design, supervision and management aspects of participants work. PhD supervision and management of research assistants will be included, along with developing research proposals and dissemination of the outputs of research activities. Relevant policies, codes of practice, support processes and staff will be introduced.

Project based, participants focus on producing an output which allows them to develop their abilities in these areas. Four-five core workshops will be provided but participants will be able to use RPL for equivalents already completed or substitute others according to their needs, as reflected by their experiences and role. Mentors within Schools will provide participants advice, supported by the PCAP team as required.

Further information is available from the PGCAP M3RDM Handbook

Aims

The aim of this module is to support the development of research design, management and supervision skills.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed the module, participants should be able to:

  1. Select research activities appropriate to support the institutional research standing in your discipline
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of strategies to position your research for the Research Excellence Framework and to enhance its impact
  3. Design a research proposal and outline of associated publications appropriate for your discipline
  4. Develop strategies for managing a research project and associated staff
  5. Discuss appropriate strategies for supporting PhD students, which are informed by national and institutional policies and regulations

Transferable and Generic Skills

As our participants are experienced staff who will have already demonstrated a wide range of skills, the list below is included more for the completeness of the module description.

  1. Compose and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing
  2. Organise and integrate your own learning with existing commitments, and produce work to deadlines.
  3. Apply self-directed learning skills which are essential for learning with limited contact time
  4. Apply education design and delivery skills in different contexts
  5. Apply your reflective skills outside of your discipline context
  6. Display initiative and personal responsibility

Professional values

In addition the PCAP Professional Values which underpin module 3RDM learning outcomes are:

  1. A commitment to work with and learn from colleagues.
  2. The practising of equal opportunities.
  3. A commitment to continued reflection and evaluation, and consequent improvement of your own practice.

 

 

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