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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. During this module, you will engage with the UK Professional Standards Framework and be working towards achieving Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. This is recognition of the professional standing of your teaching practice and is recognised by the University, and across the HE sector, as a measure of your expertise and accomplishment. Accreditation from the Higher Education Academy for recognition at Associate Fellow level using the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) is pending.

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 • Demonstrate engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework

Learning Outcomes

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.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 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.
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: • Background and introduction to educational theory • Learner engagement – the how and the why • Aims, learning outcomes and the use of constructive alignment • Exploring and using different teaching methods • Designing and delivering teaching activities • Giving and receiving feedback • Designing effective assessments • Evaluating a teaching or training session • Session planning and delivery • Critical appraisal of own teaching practice • Recognising the importance of reflection in becoming an effective educator • Application of the UK Professional Standards Framework 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, group work and peer teaching and 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 Study164
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

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. 

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:

Useful Journals:. Medical Education Medical Teacher Clinical 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. 


Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. Formative assessments include i) writing a reflective blog, ii) designing a session plan and iii) mapping your activities against the UKPSF. 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%.


Individual reflective blog


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.

Webcams and microphones: It is advisable that students provide their own webcam and microphone (integrated or USB/standalone) to take full advantage of the online support offered during the module.

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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