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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Tied Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to L525
Tied to L530


  • None.


  • Social & Psychological Studies II (SOCI2031), Practice Theories & Skills II (SOCI2041), Management & Fieldwork Studies II (SOCI2051), Fieldwork Practice II (SOCI2062).

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To introduce students to alternative models of learning.
  • To provide the opportunity for students to reflect on themselves as professional practitioners.


  • This module builds on the learning from the Level 1 Professional Studies module and consists of two strands:-
  • 1. Critical examination of learning theories, the art and craft of pedagogy, learning with informal settings.
  • 2. Individual and Group tutorials, and 'Forum' meetings focussing on students' personal and professional development.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • analytically consolidated understanding of key theoretical approaches and models of learning and informal education and their applications to practice;
  • critical awareness and understanding of the ways in which appropriate learning outcomes may be assessed and evaluated.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • the ability to evaluate and apply educational methods in professional settings.
Key Skills:
  • a range of communication skills: the ability to: evaluate and synthesise information obtained from a variety of sources; communicate relevant information in different ways;
  • competence in the use of IT resources including the ability to: word-process; monitor and reflect on the use of IT skills;
  • a capacity to improve own learning and performance, including: ability to manage time effectively; work to prescribed deadlines; engage in different ways of learning including both independent and directed forms of learning; gather necessary information from a range of bibliographic and electronic sources.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Structured lectures will be used to introduce topics. In addition, a three-day field trip will take place designed to enable students to engage with practitioners in a variety of settings. Small group and individual tutorials will enable students to relate this material to their fieldwork.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Individual and group tutorials 10
Lectures 8 1 per week 2 hours 16
Forums 6
Peer Tutor Groups
Preparation and Reading 168
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
2500 word written assignment 100%
Component: Group Project Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
oral group presentation of learning resources 50%
1500 words individual written assessment 50%

Formative Assessment:

Completion of 2 self assessments

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University