Teaching, learning and assessment methods
Assessment will build on your knowledge and employment experience, and will develop academic skills through a series of formative assessments leading to a summative assessment at the end of each module.
Principles governing the strategy will demonstrate the following qualities:
- student centred, inclusive, personalised and contextualised within the real world
- articulation of experience put at the centre of the learning process
- use of reflection and skills of synthesis as part of an integrative learning process
- continuous formative feedback supported by peer engagement through, for example, blogging and group activities
- help for you to find connections between topics
- support for deep and transformative learning
Within this framework ‘assessment events’ will be the means by which you make the link between your experience, knowledge and understanding, and the teaching. In the first two modules, these will include:
- presentations, with feedback from peers and your tutor on presenting skills
- academic blogs and comment on peers’ blogs
- reflections on practice in relation to key concepts
- report writing
- case studies
- collaborative work developing negotiating skills
- annotated bibliographies
- research presentations to peers and tutors, with written synopses
In the final module, tutors will provide feedback on progress reports for each of the five stages: identifying an issue; developing research questions; producing a research design; conducting research; and presenting research. The summative assessment will take the form of a dissertation.
Throughout the course, tutors will provide formative and summative feedback using the electronic tutor-marked assignment system.