Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Teaching Practitioner

Module titleTeaching Practitioner
Module codeHPDM103
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Dr Alex Harding (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module is for students who have completed Module 1 (HPDM105 Education Essentials)

You will now extend and further apply the principles of teaching and learning learned on Module 1 to a wider variety of practical situations such as lectures, tutorials and small group sessions.

You will extend your knowledge of work-based learning and apply contemporary ideas to practical work based situations.

You will be expected to reflect on how to improve your teaching and the teaching of others.  Through this process you will learn about quality and management issues in teaching and learning.


Module aims - intentions of the module

Quality teaching is increasingly expected from all those who teach and it is essential that those with professional teaching qualifications justify the qualification through demonstrating teaching excellence.

This module aims to extend your teaching knowledge and skills and also introduces you to some principles of educational management.  Like other modules – there is an emphasis on looking at how educational ideas are translated into practice.  However, unlike other modules a significant part of this module is delivered by you the learner.  This demonstrates your emerging role as a professional teacher. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Explain in detail, utilising an extensive evidence-base, the contemporary theories of knowledge, teaching and learning and their practical application to a healthcare context.
  • 2. Critically appraise how educational delivery can be improved via a variety of different mechanisms.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Demonstrate an understanding of and the practical application of educational scholarship and leadership.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Present a comprehensive portfolio of personal teaching practice that is capable of forming a body of evidence to submit for professional accreditation

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module's precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:

Professional knowledge (2) -  Professional knowledge (1) delivered in module 1

  • Tacit and explicit knowledge
  • Knowledge transfer between differing contexts


2. Learning theory (2) – Learning theory (1) delivered in module 1


  • Social theories of learning – Lave and Wenger
  • Contemporary work-based learning theories – Illeris, Evans.


3. Teaching (2) –Teaching (1) delivered in module 1


  • Teaching delivery methods (for knowledge, skills, attitudes)
  • Work-based teaching


4. Educational leadership (2) – Educational leadership (1) delivered in module 1


  • Demonstrating educational excellence through portfolio
  • Quality improvement and leadership (Masterclass)


5. Principles of educational scholarship (2) (Masterclass) – Principles of educational scholarship (1) delivered in module HPDM105 Education Essentials


  • Posters, presentations, conferences and papers
  • Relevant organisations


Please note the following during the covid outbreak  :

Face-to-face scheduled lectures may be replaced by short pre-recorded videos for each topic (15-20 minutes) and/or brief overview lectures delivered via MS Teams/Zoom, with learning consolidated by self-directed learning resources and ELE activities.

•           Small-group discussion in tutorials and seminars may be replaced by synchronous group discussion on Teams/ Zoom; or asynchronous online discussion, for example via Yammer or ELE Discussion board.

•           Workshops involving face-to-face classroom teaching may be replaced by synchronous sessions on Teams/Zoom; or Asynchronous workshop activities supported with discussion forum.

•           Skills workshops involving practical skills acquisition demonstrations may be replaced by short pre-recorded videos as pre-learning; or workshop via Teams/Zoom.


Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning & teaching activities16All student taught sessions. Mixture of small group, practical and large group teaching
Guided independent study34Online pre-course preparation, formative assessment and preparation for practical assessment
Guided independent study100Post- course assignment preparation


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Practical; Delivery of teaching on course (small group teaching)15 minute teaching delivery1-3Verbal and written feedback from teacher

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written; drawing on the material and experience gained on your modules , critically reflect on how your teaching practice has developed.1002,000 word account + portfolio submission1-4Verbal and written feedback from teacher


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written assessment (100%)Re-submission of written assessment1-4Typically within six weeks of the result


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Introduction to the general principles of teaching and learning

  1. Teaching in Further Education: An Outline of Principles and Practices by Curzon and Tummons (Bloomsbury).  An excellent introduction to the principles of teaching and learning for all professionals.
  2. Teaching, training and learning; a practical guide by Reece and Walker (Business Education Publishers Limited). Now out of print, but the 4th edition (2000) available on online book retailers very cheaply.  Remains probably the best practical introduction to teaching.


Application of teaching and learning to clinical professions:

  1. ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine by Peter Cantillon and Dianna Wood. (BMJ Publishing).  A good basic introduction.
  2. Understanding Medical Education; Evidence Theory and Practice. Edited by Tim Swanwick. (Wiley-Blackwell).  An excellent more detailed account with good references to further work.  Each chapter is written by leaders in their fields.

 These books constitute the core textbooks for this course.

Further reading:

(Dornan et al. 2007, Eraut 2000, Illeris 2009, Irby 1995, Nonaka and Takeuchi 1995, Prideaux 2000, Rees 2004, ten Cate et al. 2004)

Dornan, T., Boshuizen, H., King, N. and Scherpbier, A. (2007) Experience based learning: a model linking the processes and outcomes of medical students' workplace learning. Medical Education,41(1), pp. 84-91.

Eraut, M. (2000) Non-formal learning and tacit knowledge in professional work. British journal of educational psychology,70(1), pp. 113-136.

Illeris, K. (2009) Contemporary Theories of Learning, London:Routledge.

Irby, D. M. (1995) Teaching and learning in ambulatory care settings: a thematic review of the literature. Academic medicine: journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges,70(10), pp. 898.

Nonaka, I. and Takeuchi, H. (1995) The knowledge-creating company. New York,1, pp. 995.

Prideaux, D. (2000) The emperor's new clothes: From objectives to outcomes. Medical Education,34(3), pp. 168.

Rees, C. E. (2004) The problem with outcomes based curricula in medical education: insights from educational theory. Medical Education,38(6), pp. 593-598.

Ten Cate, O., Snell, L., Mann, K. and Vermunt, J. (2004) Orienting teaching toward the learning process. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges,79(3), pp. 219-28.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources




Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Work-based learning, Teaching, Learning, Clinical learning

Credit value15
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