Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)


Department: Education


Type Open Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2012/13 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Successful completion of Level 1 programme at 2i level.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide the opportunity for students to take control of their own learning experiences.
  • to provide the opportunity to plan and experience a programme of study which will meet specified objectives: to provide the opportunity to make an agreed placement, either in this country or another, a key element in meeting specified objectives.


  • This will be negotiated with the students who opt for this module.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
    • By the end of the module students will be able to:
    • demonstrate the facility to plan a programme of study to satisfy specific academic objectives.
    • demonstrate the facility to plan a work placement which will enable specific objectives to be met.
    • demonstrate the facility to use data collected on a work placement to develop a clear position on an educational issue.
    • demonstrate the facility to problematise in an appropriate way an educational issue and through an appropriate work placement gaining an understanding of and a way of working through the issue.
    • demonstrate the ability to formulate a personal position in relation to the themes of this module.
    • the analysis of complex situations concerning human learning and development in particular contexts, including their own learning;
    • the use of examples of the implementation of education policies in practice;
    • provision of well argued conclusions relating to significant educational issues; Students should be able to demonstrate an ability:
    • to reflect on their own value systems and development;
    • to question concepts and theories encountered in their studies of education;
    • to interrogate the assumptions underpinning theory and research.
    Key Skills:
    • think critically and independently;
    • analyse, synthesise, evaluate and identify problems and solutions;
    • acquire complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way;
    • construct and sustain a reasoned argument;
    • communicate effectively, with clarity of oral and written expression, with appropriate use of specialist vocabulary;
    • interpret and present relevant numerical information;
    • use ICT and a variety of library and IT resources;
    • improve their own learning and performance, including the development of study and research skills, information retrieval, and a capacity to plan and manage learning, and to reflect on their own learning;
    • collaborate and plan as part of a team;
    • work to deadlines.

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

    • This module is about students taking control of their own learning, and seeking ways of linking theory and practice in exploring the understanding of an educational issue.
    • The support provided will be in the form of tutorials and seminars which will support the students, both as a group and individually, in this exercise.
    • The assessment will allow the student to demonstrate how a practical placement and academic study inform one another allow for the development of a clearer understanding of an educational issue.

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    Lectures 1 at start 1 hour 1
    Tutorials 3 1 hour 3
    Seminars 4 1 hour 4
    Fieldwork 52
    Preparation and Reading 140
    Total 200

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 80%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    assignment 100%
    Component: Seminar Presentation Component Weighting: 20%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    seminar presentation 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    Draft report.

    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