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PgCert Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching

Academic Year 2019/20

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

PgCert Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Postgraduate Certificate

Programme Code

EDU-PC-HE

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100509

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Part Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

60

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Education Studies (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

HEA

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 01-05-15

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

Approved for exemption from the marks scales of distinction and commendation

Programme Specific Regulations

The programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy and is aligned with Level 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning in higher education. Graduates from the programme are eligible for Fellowship of the HEA.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The general aims of the programme are:

To develop competent and confident academic practitioners who can bring a critically reflective and evidence-based approach to their practice of teaching, learning and assessment in higher education;

To create a learning environment for academic practitioners that contributes to their professional development in supporting excellence in higher education teaching and high quality student learning;

To provide opportunities for dialogue within and between disciplines across the university about the best practices for enhancing the learning environment;

To promote core professional values related to evidence-based scholarship, respect for diversity, and commitment to continuous professional development;

To provide a route for academic practitioners to meet the requirements of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (Descriptor Level 2 ).

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Make complex professional judgements about what to do in uncertain situations;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
One-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research
Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)

Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Develop self-awareness and self-observation skills that are necessary for reflective thinking and self-improvement in many different professional development contexts.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
One-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research
Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)

Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Compose and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
One-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research
Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)

Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Be able to organise their other commitments and work to deadlines;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
One-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research
Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)

Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Exercise self-direction in their learning and be able to act independently in planning and implementing tasks;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
One-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research
Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)

Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Extend the range of their ICT skills to use in many different contexts;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
One-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research
Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)

Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Exercise initiative and personal responsibility.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
One-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research
Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)

Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Use their knowledge of educational theory and evidence to critically evaluate and reflect on curriculum design, teaching, learning and assessment practices both generally and in their own specific disciplinary context (UKPSF, K2);

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
0ne-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research
Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)


Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Use their knowledge of theories of, and evidence related to, student learning and motivation to critically evaluate how they could be applied both generally and in their own specific disciplinary context (UKPSF, K3);

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
0ne-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research
Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)


Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Make connections between generic approaches to teaching, learning and assessment and more specific disciplinary approaches (UKPSF, K2, K3);

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
0ne-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research
Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)


Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Understand the role of different educational technologies to support teaching, learning and assessment (UKPSF, K4);

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
0ne-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research
Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)


Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Examine methods for evaluating the effectiveness of teaching and how they might be used to improve their own teaching (UKPSF, K5);

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
0ne-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research
Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)


Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Recognise the importance of evidence-based approaches, feedback from colleagues and students, and the role of reflection and self-evaluation for their own professional development, for quality assurance and quality enhancement (UKPSF, K6, V3, V4).

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
0ne-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research
Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)


Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Design and plan learning activities and/or modules, using the principles of constructive alignment (UKPSF, A1);

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
0ne-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)

Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Use a range of teaching methods, including interactive methods and the use of educational technology, to enhance students’ learning (UKPSF, A2);

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
0ne-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)

Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Consider a range of assessment and feedback methods and discuss their implications for students’ learning (UKPSF, A3);

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
0ne-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)

Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Support student learning in a variety of contexts and contribute effectively to learner support systems (UKPSF, A4);

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
0ne-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)

Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Draw on a range of educational literature in order to provide an educational rationale for choices in curriculum design, teaching methods and assessment (UKPSF, A5);

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
0ne-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)

Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

Be able to evaluate and take steps to improve their own practices drawing on the educational literature (both generic and discipline-specific), feedback from colleagues and students, and their own reflective evaluations (UKPSF, A5).

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Small group discussion
Workshop activities
ICT practical sessions
Microteaching
Peer observation of teaching and feedback
Disciplinary specific peer discussion group
0ne-to-one tutorials with school-based mentor
Production of teaching materials for portfolio
Independent reading and research Participation in online discussion forums and creation of online knowledge repositories

Methods of Assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
Teaching and Assessment Journal and Portfolio (Module 1)
Disciplinary Specific Lit Review (Module 2)
Reflective Commentary on peer observation of teaching (Module 2)
Action Research Project on student learning (Module 3)

Formative assessment methods include:
Observation and feedback on micro teaching exercises (Module 1 and Module 3 )
Observation and feedback from peer review of teaching (Module 2)
Feedback from peer discussion groups (Module 2)
Feedback from school mentor in one-to-one tutorials (Module 2)
Feedback on interim literature review report (Module 2)

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

An Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

EDU7260

7

20

YES

YES

1 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in Disciplinary, Multidisciplinary, and University Contexts

EDU7261

7

20

YES

YES

1 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Student Learning & Support in Higher Education

EDU7262

7

20

YES

1 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes