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EDUC6449 Effective Teaching & Learning

Module Overview

This module will focus on examining various aspects of teaching and learning and how they relate to theory, research and your own practice. In this module you will examine a range of concepts and theories from education, sociology and psychology that describe how children, adolescents and adults learn and study. You will also examine research on different approaches to teaching and learning, factors that influence them, and implications for practice.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically discuss theories of learning, and their relationship to teaching.
  • Analyse and evaluate examples of recent developments in teaching and learning.
  • Compare and contrast theoretical approaches for teaching and implications for practice.
  • Appraise the relationship between pedagogy and assessment.
  • Reflect on your own teaching practice


The content of this module will typically draw on a range of research and will focus on examining the following: - Personal perceptions about learning and teaching. - Past and current theories/models about learning and teaching. - Theory and research on what is a 'good' teacher - Theory and research on how students learn. - Research on factors that influence learning and teaching at different education phases.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is taught entirely online. A typical 'lesson' would include: - Lectures - delivered live via the university's web conferencing system (Adobe Connect) or as pre-prepared videos - Lecture notes - written by the module tutors - Selected readings - from the prescribed core texts - Written tasks - submitted via private blogs or discussion forums - Online activities - such as quizzes and tests - Individual and Group tutorials - via Skype (individual) or Adobe Connect (groups)

Follow-up work18
Practical classes and workshops6
Wider reading or practice50
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Completion of assessment task60
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Muijs, D., & Reynolds, D. (2010). Effective Teaching: Evidence and Practice. (Core Textbook). 

Moore, A. (2012). Teaching and Learning: Pedagogy, Curriculum and Culture. (Core Textbook). 

Extra Reading. During each lesson you will be directed to related readings from other textbooks and journal articles to enhance and extend your understanding of the topics under discussion. All of these resources will be available electronically via the University's library.


Assessment Strategy



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

2 Core Textbooks Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available electronically on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Please note that the vast majority of readings are available electronically through e-journals, as digitised text in the Online Course Collection or as e-books Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

Printing and Photocopying Costs

For all modules, coursework (such as essays; projects; dissertations) is submitted on line.

Travel Costs for placements

Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any accommodation cost associated (as well as any conference registration fees). Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any travel cost associated.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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