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MEDI6218 Teaching the Teachers to Teach

Module Overview

Many of our postgraduate students teach their subjects, and pass on their knowledge to their peers and to students with no formal training. This module aims to offer you the knowledge and expertise to enable you to design, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching sessions and courses for medical and health professionals. It will enhance your skills to critically reflect on your educational activities

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Develop practical, generic skills in teaching and assessment underpinned by an understanding of educational theory • Develop competent and confident reflective practitioners capable of developing and evaluating their own teaching and learning in order to facilitate high-quality learning by others. • Explore and evaluate issues related to the design and delivery of teaching and learning within discipline specific situations • Explore and evaluate the purposes of assessment and limitations of different assessment methods

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Discuss, informed by educational theory, the strategies which can be employed to facilitate individual learners.
  • Explore a variety of teaching methods and evaluate their effectiveness where appropriate.
  • Recognise the purpose of both assessment and evaluation.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Compose and communicate ideas effectively to a range of audiences.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Design appropriate intended learning outcomes for your teaching sessions.
  • Develop and deliver a range of teaching and learning activities that align with your intended learning outcomes.
  • Design and deliver formative and summative assessments that are aligned with your intended learning outcomes.
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise and reflect on your individual teaching approach.
  • Identify and assess, through reflection, initiatives to benefit your teaching practice.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your teaching session in facilitating quality learning.


Teaching • A background to pedagogy, including writing aims, learning outcomes and the use of constructive alignment • What is effective communication • Groupwork - how to work effectively in a group, and how to construct effective groupwork activities • An introduction to different teaching methods • Designing and delivering teaching activities • Critical appraisal of own teaching practice • Appraising the purpose and effectiveness of different assessment methods • Design and deliver an assessment activity • Understanding the importance of reflection in becoming an effective educator Transferrable Skills • IT skills • Referencing • Communication skills • Oral presentation skills • Reflection

Special Features

The module will be taught at Southampton General Hospital by an international faculty, at the forefront of their respective academic disciplines and professions. Adult learning methods will be used throughout and an emphasis placed upon interactive learning, practical demonstration and the interpretation of clinical scenarios to reinforce learning

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of learning and teaching methods will be adopted to promote a wide range of skills and meet the differing learning styles of the group. Specialist lecturers from a range of academic backgrounds will be used to ensure a breadth and depth of perspective is offered, giving a good balance between background theories and principles and practical advice. The techniques will include seminars, practical demonstrations, opportunities to put into practice teaching methods discussed via delivery of micro teaching sessions to different audiences, opportunities for self and peer assessment and critical appraisal of own practice.

Independent Study220
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Useful Journals. Medical Education Medical Teacher

Fry H, Ketteridge S & Marshall S (2002). A Handbook for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education: Enhancing Academic Practice. 

Waring, M & Evans, C (2014). Understanding Pedagogy: Developing a critical approach to teaching and learning Routledge. 

e-Books. There are many e-books available from the University of Southampton library in both allergy and related academic subjects (e.g. reflection, study skills, communication skills). Access the online site:

Butcher C, Davies C & Highton M (2006). Designing Learning: From Module Outline to Effective Teaching. 

Biggs J. & Tang C (2011). Teaching for Quality Learning at University. 


Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. There will be two summative assessed components, i) individual teaching reflection and ii) individual conference presentation. The pass mark for the module and all assessed components is 50%.


Reflective blog review


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Conference Presentation  (20 minutes) 70%
Individual Teaching Reflection  (1500 words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Conference Presentation  (20 minutes) 70%
Individual Teaching Reflection  (1500 words) 30%


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:


Computer: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.

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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