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ED 1056
LEARNING HOW TO LEARN
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona MacDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Compulsory course for all students in the BEd (Hons) Primary programme in Year 1. PVG Scheme check completed prior to start of course.

Co-requisite(s): ED 1057 What Makes Us Human 1A

Number of BEd students to be permitted to register is to be restricted due to the targets set by government and the management of placements and prior requirement for Disclosure (Scotland) check

Opportunities for student involvement in the content and structure of the course include:
* Community placement project
* Course delivery through student-led seminars
* Student-selected multi-media presentation

Throughout the course both on and off campus, students are encouraged through engagement with others to value diversity.

13 one-hour lectures, 2 two-hour forum, 14 1.5 hour tutorials, will follow a varied pattern. 7 days or equivalent (45 hours) in community placement.

1st Attempt: 3,000 word essay
Multi-media presentation based on experiences within the community placement; format to be agreed by tutor

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within 3,000 word essay Oral presentation (viva) based on community placement

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Peer assessment of reflective writing in Week 16
Peer assessment of contribution to group tutorials in Week 22
On-going formative feedback on contributions and engagement with reading during tutorials

* In sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work (typically within four weeks of hand-in, in line with the School of Education's policy on Assessment
* Appropriate and relevant feedback to help students understand where they have both gained and lost marks, and how to improve their mark
* face to face meetings between tutors and students who have failed

ED 1057
WHAT MAKES US HUMAN? 1A
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Elizabeth Curtis

Pre-requisite(s):

Note(s): This course is only available to those students following degree programmes offered by Education (BEd, BMus, BA and PGDE).

At the heart of this course are considerations of the ways in which ideas of gender, power relations, belief and family structures contribute to how we understand what it is to be human and the impact of such understandings on the ways in which people develop as human beings and how they are treated in society.

2 one-hour lecture per week Mon, Thurs at 10
One 90-minute tutorial per week

Lectures and tutorials will be supplemented by tutor directed learning and discussion using WebCT.

Tutorials will be student led using a Philosophy for Learning approach.

1st Attempt: This involves a 2,000 word essay which has the following specific requirements:

  • Demonstrates understanding of issues of What Makes us Human?
  • Demonstrates the contribution of different influences in the development of ideas by a range of relevant references to the course reader and other academic texts.
  • Makes reference to lectures and tutorial discussions.
  • Offers reasoned conclusions about the experiences of being human.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within 2,000 word essay.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative Assessment instrument - Mind map and written reflection on selected tutorial discussion equivalent to 1,000 words:

Students will invited to select one tutorial discussion as a starting point of a mind map supported by a written reflection. The mind map should identify the pathway of the argument/discussion, and the written reflection should be organised through the use of Thinking Hats methodology (de Bono).

In sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work: (Formative feedback within 2 weeks of submission; summative feedback within 4 weeks of submission).

Appropriate and relevant feedback to help students to understand where they have both gained and lost marks, and how to improve their mark.

Face to face meetings between tutors and students who have failed.

ED 1058
SOCIAL PEDAGOGY 1
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart

Pre-requisite(s): None

Number of students is limited by placement availability and number of tutors.
Student selected poster presentations, student led discussion in seminar groups
Students are encouraged through engagement with others to value the uniqueness of each individual, and  through this to value diversity  

Lectures (50 hours, seminars 16 hours) and tutorials (14 hours) to a total of 80 hours and situated learning opportunity within the ongoing work situation.

1st Attempt: 1 10 minute oral presentation (30%); 1 written assignment (3,000 words) (50%); 1 poster presentation (20%)
The external is sent a student's presentation pack containing an overview/content page of their presentation, speaking notes and bibliography.

Resit: Resubmission of any failed component(s) within the written assignment, poster or oral presentaton.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

In sufficient time to be used by students to improve their next piece of work. Appropriate and relevant feedback to help students understand where they both have gained and lost marks and how to improve their mark.

ED 1059
PRACTICE 1
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart

Pre-requisite(s): None

The number of students is restricted by placement availability and the number of tutors

The student contributes to content and structure through the Personal Development Planning Process and the baseline and through participating in the midway review meetings

Throughout the course students are encouraged through their engagement with others to value diversity and respect the spiritual uniqueness of each individual.

The equivalent of 10 weeks assessed practice is required with a focus on the practice of curative education in the house community setting. This will be organised and managed within the framework of the students’ Personal Development Plans. Students will work under supervision as a member of a team. The course will be taught in the practice setting through demonstration, modelling, use of problem solving activities, group discussion and supervised experiential situated learning. This course will be supported by 58 hours direct teaching, practice based tutoring, and weekly seminar groups. There will be a baseline assessment of the students’ practice and two review meetings (mid-way and final) when written tutor feedback will be given.

1st Attempt: 1 tutor report on student’s practice (60%); 1 criterion referenced student self-evaluation of practice development (3,000 words) (40%)

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the student self evaluation (3,000 words). Repeat of Practice 1 or part of.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

There will be a baseline assessment of the students’ practice and a midway review meetings when both verbal and written formative feedback will be given.

Feedback will be ongoing in the regular practice supervision sessions and will be formalised in the baseline, midway and final asessment meetings and resulting reports.

ED 1060
DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE LIFE COURSE 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart

Pre-requisite(s): None

Based on placement availability and number of tutors

Student led discussions in seminars

Throughout the course students are encouraged through their engagement with others to value diversity and respect the spiritual uniqueness of each individual.

This course will be taught by tutor / directed learning tasks, supervised observations, lectures and seminars to a total of 36 hours and situated learning opportunity within the ongoing work situation

1st Attempt: One 3,000 word written assignment

Resit: Resubmission of the failed criteria within the one 3,000 word written assignment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

In sufficient time to b able to be used by students to improve their work

Appropriate and relevant feedback to help students understand where they have both gained and lost marks and how to improve their mark

Tutorials with students to discuss feedback

ED 1061
UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart

Pre-requisite(s): None

Based on placement availability and number of tutors.

Student led discussions in seminars.

Throughout the course students are encouraged through their engagement with others to value diversity and respect the spiritual uniqueness of each individual.

Teaching Hours. 7 hours tutorials.

1st Attempt: 10 minute oral presentation (20%), 2,000 word written assignment (80%).

Resit: Resubmission of failed ctriteria within one or both of 10 minute oral presentation (20%), 2,000 word written assignment (80%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Appropriate and relevant feedback to help students understand where they have both gained and lost marks and how to improve their mark.

Tutorials with students to discuss feedback.

ED 1062
CHILDREN AND ADULTS IN SOCIETY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart

Pre-requisite(s): None

Based on placement availability and number of tutors.

Student led discussions in seminars.

Throughout the course students are encouraged through their engagement with others to value diversity and respect the spiritual uniqueness of each individual.

Lectures (16 hours) seminar (13 hours) and tutorial (7 hours) to a total of 36 hours.

1st Attempt: 3,000 word written assignment in two parts (100%).

Part 1 Case Study

Part 2 Discussion of Policy

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within one/both parts of written assignment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

In sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work.

Appropriate and relevant feedback to help students understand where they have both gained and lost marks and how to improve their mark.

Tutorials with students to discuss feedback.

ED 1063
CREATIVE ACTION 1 - PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart

Pre-requisite(s): Compulsory course for the students in the BA(Hons) Social Pedagogy Programme

Practical artistic sessions/activities and interactive presentations to a total of 29 hours.

This course is located in a work based training programme.

Situated learning opportunities within the ongoing work situation.

1st Attempt: Portfolio of own artwork with associated reflective writing (1,200 words) (100%).

Resit: Resubmission of failed ctriteria within the Portfolio of own artwork with associated reflective writing (1,200 words) (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students’ own creative work, and Learning Journal maintained throughout the course.

Verbal formative feedback in creative activities.

Verbal and written formative feedback on Learning Journal.

Written summative feedback.

ED 1064
STUDY SKILLS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Students must be employed in a relevant childcare and educaiton setting for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week. The course will continue the professional development of those employed within integrated children's services.

Co-requisite(s): Students will already have successfully completed a relevant national childcare and education qualification, eg SVQ 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development.

Throughout the course, both on and off campus, students are encouraged, through engagement with others, to value and promote diversity.

This course will be taught by distance learning, supported by online materials, tutors and peer support and self directed learning tasks.

1st Attempt: Two 1,500 word written assignment. Part A and Part B must be completed successfully.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the written assignment, either or both parts (dependant on initial result).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will receive formative feedback from tutors prior to completing the summative assessment. This will take the form of monitoring the student’s ability to engage with online distance learning.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment, and insufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within four weeks of submission). Feedback highlights strengths and gives clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face meetings or telephone tutor support can be arranged for students who are not succeeding.

ED 1065
THE CHILD IN SOCIETY: PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Students must be employed in a relevant childcare and education setting for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week. The course will continue the professional development of those employed within integrated children's services.  

Co-requisite(s): Students will have already successfully completed a relevant national childcare and education qualification, eg SVQ 2 or 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development

This course will be taught by distance learning, supported by online materials, tutor and peer support and self-directed learning tasks.

1st Attempt: Written assignment of two 3,000 words. Part A and B must be completed successfully.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within written assignment, either or both parts (dependent on initial result).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students are required to collaborate online and give and receive formative feedback from others in their action learning sets. Tutors will also contribute to formative feedback.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within four weeks of submission). Feedback highlights strengths and gives clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face meetings can be arranged for students who are not succeeding.

ED 1066
CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Students must be employed in a relevant childcare and education setting for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week. The course will continue the professional development of those employed within integrated children's services.

Co-requisite(s): Students will already have successfully completed a relevant national childcare and education qualification, eg SVQ 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development.

Throughout the course, both on and off campus, students are encouraged, through engagement with others, to value and promote diversity.

This course will be taught by distance learning, supported by online materials, tutors and peer support and self-directed learning tasks.

1st Attempt: Written assignment of two 3,000 words. Part A and B must be completed successfully.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the written assignment, either or both parts (dependent on initial result).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students are required to collaborate online in action learning sets, give and receive formative feedback from others in these sets and from tutors.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within four weeks of submission). Feedback highlights strengths and gives clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face meetings or telephone tutorial support can be arranged for students who are not succeeding.

ED 1067
UNDERSTANDING PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS WITHIN YOUR PROFESSIONAL ROLE
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Students must be employed in a relevant childcare and education setting for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week. The course will continue the professional development of those employed within integrated children's services.

Co-requisite(s): Students will already have successfully completed a relevant national childcare and education qualification, eg SVQ3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development.

Throughout the course, both on and off campus, students are encouraged, through engagement with others, to value and promote diversity.

This course will be taught by distance learning, supported by online materials, tutors and peer support and self-directed learning tasks.

1st Attempt: Written assignment two 3,000 words. Part A and Part B must be completed successfully.

Resit: Resubmission of failed ctriteria within written assignment of either or both parts (dependent on initial result).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students are required to collaborate in action learning sets, give and receive formative feedback from others in these sets and from tutors.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within four weeks of submission). Feedback highlights strengths and gives clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face meetings or telephone tutorial support can be arranged for students who are not succeeding.

ED 1068
CREATING THE CHILD'S ENVIRONMENT
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Students must be employed in a relevant childcare and education setting for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week. The course will continue the professional development of those employed within integrated children's services.

Co-requisite(s): Students will already have successfully completed a relevant national childcare and education qualification, eg SVQ 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development.

Throughout the course, both on and off campus, students are encouraged, through engagement with others, to value and promote diversity.

This course will be taught by distance learning, supported by online materials, tutors and peer support and self-directed learning tasks.

1st Attempt: Written assignment of project plan / implementation / evaluation and next steps (1,500 words).

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the written assignment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Three 500 word formative tasks submitted to tutor for feedback prior to undertaking summative assessment.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within four weeks of submission). Feedback highlights strengths and gives clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face meetings or telephone tutorial support can be arranged for students who are not succeeding.

ED 1069
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Yvonne Bain

Pre-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Participants must be employed in a suitable professional setting.

Participants construct their own personal development plan as part of the course.

Distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers as appropriate.

For example, model with face-to-face support: 1 six-hour workshop per class group, 4 three-hour workshops per class group, 4 half-hour tutorials per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: One assignment (100%) comprising a 4,000 word essay and a 2,000 word personal development plan.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the Assignment (100%) as above.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback will be available to participants in tutorial sessions, and also for early part draft assignment work.

Formative feedback will be provided to participants verbally during tutorials, or by email correspondence.

Summative feedback will be provided in writing as a pdf file sent by email.

ED 1070
PROFESSIONAL INQUIRY
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Yvonne Bain

Pre-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Participants must be employed in a suitable professional setting.

Participants contextualise their work and professional setting as part of the course.

Distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers as appropriate.

For example, model with face-to-face support: 1 six-hour workshop per class group, 4 three-hour workshops per class group, 4 half-hour tutorials per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: One assignment (100%) comprising a 4,000 word report and supporting portfolio of evidence.

Resubmission of failed criteria within the Assignment (100%) as above.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback will be available to participants in tutorial sessions, and also for early part draft assignment work.

Formative feedback will be provided to participants verbally during tutorials, or by email correspondence.

Summative feedback will be provided in writing as a pdf file sent by email.

ED 1071
PROFESSIONAL PROJECT 1
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Yvonne Bain

Pre-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Participants must be employed in a suitable professional setting.

Participants select a suitable focus for their project as part of the course.

Distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers as appropriate.

For example, model with face-to-face support: 1 six-hour workshop per class group, 4 three-hour workshops per class group, 4 half-hour tutorials per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: One written assignment (100%) comprising a 4,000 word report and a supporting portfolio of evidence.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the Assignment (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback will be available to participants in tutorial sessions, and also for early part draft assignment work.

Formative feedback will be provided to participants verbally during tutorials, or by email correspondence.

Summative feedback will be provided in writing as a pdf file sent by email.

ED 1072
NEGOTIATED INDEPENDENT STUDY 1
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Yvonne Bain

Pre-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Participants must be employed in a suitable professional setting.

Students negotiate their own area of study and outcomes as part of the course.

Distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers as appropriate.

For example, model with face-to-face support: 1 six-hour workshop per class group, 3 three-hour workshops per class group, 2 half-hour tutorials per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: One assignment (100%) comprising a 3,000 word report.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the Assignment (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback will be available to participants in tutorial sessions, and also for early part draft assignment work.

Formative feedback will be provided to participants verbally during tutorials, or by email correspondence.

Summative feedback will be provided in writing as a pdf file sent by email.

ED 1073
SELF MANAGEMENT AND PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Yvonne Bain

Pre-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Participants must be employed in a suitable professional setting.

Participants construct their own assignment format as part of the course.

Interpersonal skills are used in the workplace in the interests of promoting equality.

Distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers as appropriate.

For example, model with face-to-face support: 1 six-hour workshop per class group, 3 three-hour workshops per class group, 2 half-hour tutorials per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: One written assignment (100%) comprising a 3,000 word essay.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the Assignment (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback will be available to participants in tutorial sessions, and also for early part draft assignment work.

Formative feedback will be provided to participants verbally during tutorials, or by email correspondence.

Summative feedback will be provided in writing as a pdf file sent by email.

ED 1075
EDUCATION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Val Reid

Pre-requisite(s): This elective course is available for students in the BEd (Hons) Primary Programme in Year 1. This course is designed to be of interest to, and attract participation from, students on other Year 1 Programmes.

Co-requisite(s): ED 1546 Science, Education and Society

Through engagement with a range of ideas from across society and cultures, students are encouraged to value diversity.

1 hour lecture followed by 2 hour workshop/seminar.

1st Attempt: 1 essay of 3,000 words (100%).

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria in essay (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

On-going formative assessment on engagement with course reading and tutorial tasks.

In sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work (typically within four weeks of hand-in, in line with School of Educations's policy on Assessment.
Appropriate and relevant to helping students understand where they have both gained and lost marks, and how to improve their mark (if appropriate).

If necessary face to face meetings will be undertaken with students who are failing.

ED 1077
AN INTRODUCTION TO GAELIC MEDIUM EDUCATION
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Anne Thirkell

Pre-requisite(s): Compulsory course for students undertaking Gaelic Medium Education. Higher Gaidhlig Fluent Speakers / Higher Gaelic Learners.

The opportunity for students to contribute to course content and structure is provided through the student-selected presentation on topic.
Throughout the course, students are encouraged through engagement with others to value diversity.

3 one-hour face-to-face tutorials per week, followed by Tutor Directed Activities.

1st Attempt: Multi-media presentation, in Gaelic, on background and rationale of Gaelic Medium Education; format to be agreed by tutor (50%).

Resit: Written submission in Gaelic on practical classroom applications (1,500 words) (50%).

Any of failed aspects above either presentation and/or resubmission of essay.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

On-going formative assessment based on contributions in class and tutor directed activities.

Feedback will be provided orally in class and on an individual basis. Written feedback will be provided for both summative assessments, in sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work (typically within four weeks of hand-in, in line with the University’s guidelines on Assessment http://www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/quality/section7.shtml).
Appropriate and relevant to helping students understand where they have both gained and lost marks, and how to improve their mark (if appropriate).
Face to face meetings between tutors and students who have failed.

ED 1080
BODY, MIND AND NATURE: LEARNING OUTDOORS FOUNDATIONS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Donald Gray

Pre-requisite(s): None

This module will explore and critically examine both built and natural outdoor environments, taking account of historical, philosophical and psychological dimensions that impact on human (particularly child) development and implications for learning, health and well-being.

The course will examine the work of key thinkers in the area of learning and nature such as Patrick Geddes, Maria Montessori and John Dewey and the impact that their work has had on current thinking and practice. Their work will be further examined in the light of current understanding from research (eg Chawla; Kaplan; Kellert; Sobel; Rathunde).

Drawing on recent research and thinking in the area of human interaction with nature, the course will elaborate principles that can be applied to personal actions and planned activities for young people in educational settings. This will be further reviewed with reference to recent theories of human-nature relationships such as E O Wilson's biophilia hypothesis.

Building on an understanding from the theoretical and philosophical literature, and with reference to current initiatives in Scottish Education such as the Curriculum for Excellence, students will begin to develop the skills and abilities to apply such principles to their own personal lives and to the planning of educational activities for a range of ages and abilities, incorporating principles of inclusion.

Students will develop an understanding of key elements of some ecological systems eg woodlands to begin to build a knowledge base from which to draw for experiential enhancement of learning opportunities. This will be accompanied by an introduction to health and safety issues in outdoor settings and to begin to develop skills of risk assessment in working with varying age groups.

Students will be expected to focus on a key element of an outdoor environment and explore this with respect to learning in a specific curricular area.

As well as the knowledge and skills elaborated above students will also have opportunities to develop their enquiry skills; presentation techniques and interpersonal and collaborative skills in professional contexts.

Three hours per week, usually organised as 1 one-hour lecture and 1 two-hour tutorial each week.

1st Attempt: Project Presentation (40%) and Individual essay 2,000 words (60%).

Resit: Failed criteria within the Individual essay.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Tutorial/workshop sessions will provide opportunity for student-student and student-tutor interaction. Formative assessment will be provided during this interaction and during student-led discussions and tutor-led tutorials.

Students will receive appropriate feedback in sufficient time to enable them to take action to improve their work either on a week to week basis as appropriate or within four weeks of handing in of written assessments in line with the policy of the School of Education. Appropriate feedback will be provided indicating how marks have been arrived at and what actions the student might take to improve on the work they have submitted in future.

ED 1081
WORK BASED PRACTICE (LEVEL 1)
CREDIT POINTS 45

Course Co-ordinator: Karen McArdle

Pre-requisite(s): Enrolment on the BA (Hons) in Community Learning and Development.

Experiential learning and introduction to reflection;
Informal learning;
Programme planning and the link to implementation;
Personal development planning; setting personal learning goals;
Introduction to self evaluation and programme evaluative techniques commonly used in CLD;
Team work and multi-agency working;
Links between policy, organisational goals and practice.

6 half day visits from Practice-Based Mentor. One day workshop.

1st Attempt: Line manager's report on practice; twelve 300 word contributions to the Virtual Learning Environment.

Resit: Students will only need to resit failed elements of the continuous assessment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback from peers and tuors will be provided through the required work on the VLE.

Detailed written and oral feedback is provided to all students. Additional tutorials provide support for students on reqeust or in the event of unsatisfactory progress.

ED 1520
LEARNING FROM WORK
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Liz Clark, Yvonne Bain

Pre-requisite(s): None.

The course will prepare students for the workplace by developing general employability skills. Students will be required to undertake a 5 day or equivalent (approximately 35 hours) placement within the 12 week duration of the course, in either the voluntary sector or in a formal work setting.
Content will include both practical skill and reflective elements, including, for example:
* Conceptual aspects of work-related learning and skills development
* Intrapersonal and interpersonal skills for employability: team working, assertiveness, self-motivation
* Strategies for reflective learning
* Leadership and management
* Personal effectiveness in the workplace
* Presentation skills: of self and information, written, oral and electronic
* Enterprising approaches to learning
* The workplace as an environment for learning Personal Development Planning
* Presenting yourself across a range of workplace settings
* Employer requirements for graduate skills and competencies
* Social, ethical and professional issues when working in an organisation
* Sustainability, cultural diversity and social responsibility
* Development of graduate attributes.

* 30 hours of tutorials consisting of 6 three-hour tutorials (18 hours) and 6 two-hour tutorials (12 hours)
* Students will be expected to undertake preparation for each tutorial, supported by online learning activities in the form of 12 three-hour tutor directed learning (36 hours online learning activity)
* Self-directed study (49 hours)
* 35 hours (equivalent ) in a work-related placement.

1st Attempt: In-course written assessment in the form of 2,000 word reflective writing on work-related learning (60%), and 15 minute collaborative group presentation which will be videoed in order to have a record of this for student and tutor use and for QA purposes (40%).

Participation in on-line discussion - monitored on a regular basis with early intervention for non-participants.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria in reflective writing. Oral presentation (viva) based on work placement.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

A range of formative assessment including:
Responses to on-line discussion
Tutorial discussions
Feedback from work-place line manager or equivalent person

* In sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work, typically between 4 weeks of submission, in line with School of Education policy on Assessment.
* Appropriate and relevant feedback to help students understand why the grade awarded, with formative comments to improve future performance
* Face to face meetings with students, if they have failed

ED 1544
LEARNING HOW OTHERS LEARN
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Liz Clark

Pre-requisite(s): Compulsory course for all students in the BEd (Hons) programme in Year 1. PVG Scheme check completed prior to start of course. Full participation and evidence of developing professionalism through attendance in ED1028 Learning How To Learn. Partnership with Local Authorities in provision of field placement as well as duty of care of children within schools demands that there is evidence of acceptable level of professionalism and commitment to study on campus in order to be fully prepared for field placement

Co-requisite(s): What Makes Us Human 1B

The central focus of this course is the exploration of learning communities and their influence on young learners, development and achievement, within an ecological systems framework. Collaborative groups will work with field professionals and university tutors to investigate informal and formal learning contexts and their influences on the young learner. Through enquiry, students will be given the opportunity to explore assumptions, values and beliefs about effective learning within systems of education
Course content will include:
*Relevant theories of learning
*Skills of enquiry and observation
*Presentation skills
*Collaborative working in professional context

Key skills that students are introduced to include:
*Self-reflection
*Critical reading
*Planning and preparation

Students to be available for this course which normally runs Monday 1.00pm-5.00pm (13 one-hour lectures and fourteen 1½-hour tutorials, 1 two-hour forum)
and on a Wednesday from 9.00am-1.00pm. Students will be required to undertake a Field Experience placement in a school community on Wednesdays of Weeks 34-37 and 41-43 (45 hours equivalent).

1st Attempt: Part A : 3,000 word reflective essay.
Part B: E-portfolio with evidence of development throughout the course and investigations of key course themes (2,000 word).

Critical analysis of a key policy agreed with tutor (1,000 words).

Resit: Resubmission of any aspect (dependent on failure).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

There are no assessment tutor visits for the field placement, instead tutors work with students and school mentors/supporters as required to support the enquiry based process.

Teachers complete a school report for each student giving formative assessment only.

During field placement, students engage in peer assessment of each other with pro-formas being used to support this process.

In sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work (typically within four weeks of hand-in, in line with the School of Education's policy on Assessment.
Appropriate and relevant to helping students understand where they have both gained and lost marks, and how to improve their mark. Face to face meetings between tutors and students who have failed.

ED 1545
WHAT MAKES US HUMAN 1B
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Graeme Nixon

Pre-requisite(s): ED1057 What Makes Us Human 1A

At the heart of this course are considerations of human agency and issues such as prejudicial thinking, reform and punishment. It is hoped that this course sensitises students to issues relating to the development of other humans and themselves.

2 one-hour lectures per week, Mon, Thur at 10
one 90 minute tutorial per week (to be arranged)

Lectures (2/week) and tutorials (1/week) will be supplemented by Tutor Directed Activities and online discussion.

In tutorials a Philosophy for learning approach will be used. Tutorials will involve group discussion of a stimulus relevant to the theme being discussed in a given week. This may be a text, video, artefact, music or image. Students will generate the issue for discussion. During the dialogue contributions are noted and certain regulations for philosophical discussion are adhered to.

1st Attempt: This involves 2,000 word essay (100%) which has the following specific requirements:
- Demonstrates understanding of issues surrounding free will and freedom
- Demonstrates the contribution of different influences in development of ideas (supported by a range of references to the course reader and academic texts)
- Makes reference to lectures and tutorials in discussion
- Offers reasoned conclusions about the reality of free will and how this may affect the treatment of children.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria of 2,000 word essay (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative Assessment Instrument - written reflection on selected tutorial discussion equivalent to 1,000 words.

Students will be invited to select one tutorial discussion as a starting point for the creation of their discussion using the thinking hats methodology (de Bono). This should identify the pathway of the argument/discussion. This should be accompanied by a short piece of reflective writing that further elaborates on the content of the discussion identifying key concepts of human agency and/or free will and determinism.

Tutors will provide formative assessment feedback. This will inform the writing of the summative assignment.

* In sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work (typically within four weeks of hand-in, in line with the School of Education's policy on Assessment.
* Appropriate and relevant feedback to help students understand where they have both gained and lost marks, and how to improve their mark.
* face to face meetings between tutors and students who have failed.

ED 1546
SCIENCE, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Laura Colucci-Gray

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Students can negotiate and select an aspect of the course to research for their group presentations. Through engagement with a range of ideas from across societies and cultures students are encouraged to value diversity.

12 two-hour lecture/workshop (Thur 3-5) 12 one-hour tutorials (to be arranged).

1st Attempt: 1 essay of 3,000 words (100%).

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria in essay (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Peer assessment of group presentation in week 37. Peer assessment of tutorial-related writing tasks. On-going formative feedback on engagement with course reading and tasks.

Feedback will be provided in time for students to use it to inform and improve their work. Peer assessment feedback typically within one week for written tasks and tutor marked work within four weeks of handing in, in line with School of Education's policy on assessment. Feedback will be appropriate and relevant, aiming to show where marks have been lost and how this might be improved on. If necessary face-to face meetings will be undertaken with students who are failing.

ED 1549
IMMERSION IN GAELIC MEDIUM EDUCATION
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Anne Thirkell

Pre-requisite(s): First Half-session course: An Introduction to Gaelic Medium Education Compulsory for students undertaking Gaelic Medium Education

Students will have the opportunity to contribute to course content and structure through student-selected presentation on course topics.

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to value diversity through engagement with others.

3 one-hour face to face tutorial per week, followed by tutor directed activities.

1st Attempt: Essay in Gaelic on the benefits of bilingualism (1,500 words) (50%).
Written presentation of a series of lesson plans reflecting the impact of Curriculum for Excellence on the Gaelic medium classsroom eg literacy across learning; interdisciplinary links; inclusive practice (50%).

Resit: Any of failed aspects above, either essay or lesson plans.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Ongoing formative tutor assessment of class contributions and tutor directed activities
Peer assessment of class presentations.

Feedback will be provided orally in class and on an individual basis by both tutor and peers. Written feedback will be provided for both summative assessments, in sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work (typically within four weeks of hand-in, in line with the University’s guidelines on Assessment http://www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/quality/section7.shtml).
Appropriate and relevant to helping students understand where they have both gained and lost marks, and how to improve their mark (if appropriate).
Face to face meetings between tutors and students who have failed.

ED 1580
BODY, MIND AND NATURE: LEARNING OUTDOORS EXTENDED
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Donald Gray

Pre-requisite(s): Body, Mind and Nature: Learning Outdoors Foundations.

Content will be used as appropriate to deepen and extend the principles covered in the foundation course. This will require more extensive reading of appropriate literature and the development and justification of more elaborated activities in outdoor learning environments.

Three hours per week, usually organised as 1 one-hour lecture and 1 two-hour tutorial each week.

1st Attempt: Project Presentation (40%) and Individual essay 2,000 words (60%).

Resit: Failed criteria within the Individual essay (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Tutorial/workshop sessions will provide opportunity for student-student and student-tutor interaction. Formative assessment will be provided during this interaction and during student-led discussions and tutor-led tutorials.

Students will receive appropriate feedback in sufficient time to enable them to take action to improve their work either on a week to week basis as appropriate or within four weeks of handing in of written assessments in line with the policy of the School of Education. Appropriate feedback will be provided indicating how marks have been arrived at and what actions the student might take to improve on the work they have submitted in future.

 

> Level 2
ED 2005
PRACTICE 2
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart

Pre-requisite(s): 90 credits at level 1/7 in Stage I, including Pass in Practice 1 or completion of successful RPL Credit Claim for entry to Stage II.

Co-requisite(s): Social Pedagogy 2.

The content will include:
practical exploration of application of social pedagogical attitudes, values and principles across a range of settings,
skills in observation, assessment, recording and administration,
appropriate responses to individuals, families and groups in the relevant practice areas,
collaborative teamwork with colleagues, professionals and family members,
the structure and influence of the community/organisation context,
effective use of the learning journal and
supervision talks to support development as reflective practitioners.

The equivalent of 10 weeks experience minimum practice is required.

Students will work under supervision in a minimum of two practice settings. The course will be delivered in the practice settings by relevant experienced colleagues through demonstration, modelling, use of problem solving activities, group discussion, supervised practice and ongoing feedback and use of reflection. A practice supervisor will oversee the organisation of the practice experience and have overall responsibility for the coordination of the assessment. This course will be supported by 10 hours direct teaching, and a minimum of 10 hours practice based tutoring.

There will also be an initial baseline assessment of the student's practice followed by two review meetings (mid-way and final) when written tutor feedback will be given.

1st Attempt: Evidence based self assessment of practice annotated to the learning outcomes, 3,000 words (40%); Written assessment by practice supervisor (60%).

Resit: Repeat of Practice 2 or part of 3,000 word self assessment of practice.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

There will be an initial baseline assessment of the student's practice followed by one midway review meeting when written tutor feedback will be given.

Appropriate and relevant formative assessment at midpoint review meeting with tutor and practice supervisor.

Ongoing feedback in weekly meetings with practice supervisor.
Coordinated formative feedback at midpoint review.

ED 2006
DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE LIFE COURSE 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart and Vincent D'Agostino

Pre-requisite(s): 90 credits at level 1/7 in Stage I including Pass in Practice 1 or completion of successful RPL Credit Claim for entry to Stage II.

Co-requisite(s): Current practice with individuals with complex needs.

Note(s): Students will normally be expected to have current practice opportunities with individuals with complex needs.

The content will include:
theoretical frameworks for understanding development in adult life
transition, loss, change and resilience in adult life
influence of belief systems and cultural norms and values, on understandings of the life course
social roles and stereotypes
ethical issues regarding interventions in the life course
social policies and the life course
maintaining a reflective learning journal.

Lectures, seminars and tutorials to a total of 30 hours and situated learning opportunity within the ongoing work situation.

1st Attempt: One 3,000 word paper (100%).

Resit: One 3,000 word paper (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

In sufficient time to be used by students to improve their next piece of work.

Appropriate and relevant feedback to help students understand where they have both gained and lost marks and how to improve their mark.

ED 2009
SOCIAL PEDAGOGY 2
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Vincent Alfred and Chris Walter

Pre-requisite(s): 90 credits at level 1/7 in Stage I, including Pass in Practice 1 or completion of successful RPL Credit Claim for entry to Stage II.

Co-requisite(s): Social Pedagogy 2.

The content will include:
social pedagogical principles, theories and approaches in work with individuals and their families
the skills in the discipline areas of social pedagogy
legal frameworks, policies and codes of practice underpinning practice in social pedagogy
the purposeful use of life space and relationships in social pedagogy
skills in collaborative practice in social pedagogical settings
personal and professional development and use of self.

Lectures, seminars and tutorials to a total of 60 hours.
Situated learning opportunity within the ongoing work situation.

1st Attempt: Assessment: One 1,000 word analysis of skills (20%); one 4,000 word written paper (80%).

Resit: One 1,000 word analysis of skills and /or one 4,000 word written paper (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

In sufficient time to be used by students to improve their next piece of work.

ED 2010
UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING 2
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Chris Walter

Pre-requisite(s): 90 credits at level 1/7 in Stage I of BASP, including 'Pass' in Practice 1 OR Completion of successful RPL Credit Claim for entry to Stage II.

Co-requisite(s): Current practice with individuals with complex needs.

The content will include:
a range of approaches to assessment of complex needs, including the anthroposophical understanding of individual perception,
critical exploration of the impact of personal and professional values on the assessment process,
use of practical assessment tasks based on the observation and assessment cycle,
the range of societal, cultural and individual influences on complex needs and the interaction between these.

Lectures, seminars and tutorials to a total of 60 hours
and situated learning opportunities within the ongoing work situation.

1st Attempt: Oral presentation (20 minutes) (40%); 3,500 word written paper (60%). For the oral presentation the students have to prepare written material on the process they have undertaken. They also deliver a powerpoint presentation. All the materials are made available to the external examiner for his consideration.

Resit: Repeat of oral presentation (40%) and/or 3,500 word written paper(60%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

In sufficient time to be used by students to improve their next piece of work.

ED 2011
CREATIVE ACTION 2 - RELATIONSHIPS AND LIFESPACE
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: John Ralph

Pre-requisite(s): 90 credits at level 1/7 in Stage I including Pass in Practice 1 or completion of successful RPL Credit Claim for entry to Stage II.

This course builds on the content of Creative Action 1: ED 1063.

The content will include:
practical guidance in a range of creative activities
guided reflection for creative action in practice
guided observation tasks in creative group work
student-directed task of choosing, rehearsing and presenting a small-scale performance
introduction to the profile of the intuitive practitioner
maintaining a reflective learning journal.

Practical artistic activities (10 hours); student directed group activity (20); tutorials (10).
Situated learning opportunities in students' ongoing practice
to a total of 40 hours.

1st Attempt: Written reflective paper (3,000 words) including learning journal extracts (100%).

Resit: Resubmission of any failed component(s) within the written assignment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Learning Journal maintained throughout the course.

Verbal formative feedback in creative activities
tutorial support
verbal and written formative feedback on Learning Journal
Written summative feedback

ED 2012
THE CHILD IN SOCIETY: LIVING AND LEARNING IN FAMILIES
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Students must be employed in a relevant childcare and education setting for a minimum of 12½ hours per week. The course will continue the professional development of those employed within integrated children's services.

Co-requisite(s): Current practice / employment in a relevant Early Years' Care and Education setting.

The course will develop the student's knowledge and understanding of the child in the socio-cultural context and skills for effective practice in education and childcare settings.

The course will cover:
Examination and analysis of a range of strategies for supporting families
Critical examination of links between policy and theories of child development
An audit of practice in working with families
Setting objectives and SMART targets
Continued development of a professional journal.

This course will be taught by distance learning, supported by on-line materials, tutor and peer support and self-directed learning tasks.

1st Attempt: Written assessment of 3,000 words. Part A and Part B must be completed successfully.

Resit: Resubmission of written assignment, either or both parts (dependent on initial result).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students are required to collaborate online and give formative feedback within their action learning sets. Tutors also give written formative feedback on Part A of the course assessment before students undertake part B.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within four weeks of submission). Feedback can highlight strengths and gives clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face or telephone tutorials can be arranged for students who require additional support.

ED 2013
INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Mrs S Kearns

Pre-requisite(s): Certificate level qualification in a relevant discipline.

1. roles and responsibilities within the legal and policy framework for child protection
2. communication with children, parents and professionals
3. identification and recognition of abuse
4. values and ethical dilemmas

7 face-to-face days of seminars, 3 days of distance learning activities.

1st Attempt: 1 written assignment of 3,000 words (100%).

Resit: Re-submission of any failed aspects of assignment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Written feedback and feedforward giving details of how to improve work.

ED 2013
PRINCIPLES OF DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of BA Childhood Practice level 1 or equivalent.

The central focus of the course is to extend knowledge, understanding, skills and values with regard to child development and the provision of an enriched curriculum to meet the needs of individual children.

The course will cover:

  1. principles held by main theorists

  2. critical examination of the curriculum documentation

  3. evaluation and analysis of practice in own setting

  4. comparative study of of own setting and similar setting

  5. maintenance of a professional journal

This course is taught by a blended approach to distance learning, supported by online materials, action learning sets, peer and tutor support and self-directed learning tasks.

1st Attempt: Written assessment of 3,000 words. Part A and Part B must be completed successfully (100%).

Resit: Resubmission of written assignments, either or both parts (dependent on initial result) (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students are required to collaborate online and give and receive formative feedback within their action learning sets. Tutors also give written formative feedback on Part A of the course assessment before students undertake Part B.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within four weeks of submission). Feedback can highlight strengths and give clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face or telephone tutorials can be arranged for students who require additional support.

ED 2014
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT WITHIN A CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION SETTING
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of Level 1 BA Childhood Practice or equivalent.

Co-requisite(s): None.

This course will extend the student's knowledge, understanding, skills and values in developing the necessary leadership attributes required to support the management of a quality curriculum. The course will cover:

  1. the concept of quality in developing and planning curriculum provision

  2. study to acquire a detailed knowledge of some areas of policy and practice

  3. analysis, comparison and evaluation of examples of implementation of policy into practice

  4. critical analysis and evaluation of management strategies employed in education and child care settings, including the student's own

  5. evaluation of personal effectiveness in the development and maintenance of a quality curriculum

  6. legislative requirements to ensure quality provision in education and child care settings

  7. critical analysis of quality assurance procedures

  8. effective working strategies for staff development and training

  9. reflection on personal learning and development through the maintenance of a professional journal

This course will be taught by a blended approach to distance learning, supported by online materials, action learning sets, peer and tutor support and self-directed learning tasks.

1st Attempt: Written assignment of 3,000 words. Part A and Part B must be completed successfully.

Resit: Resubmission of either or both parts (dependent on initial result).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students are required to collaborate online in order to share good practice and give and receive formative feedback within their action learning sets. Tutors also give written formative feedback on Part A of the course assesssment before students undertake Part B.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within four weeks of submission). Feedback can highlight strengths and give clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face or telephone tutorials can be arranged for students who require additional support.

ED 2016
YOUNG CHILDREN AND SCIENCE
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of Level 1 of BA Childhood Practice or equivalent.

The course will develop the student's knowledge and understanding of how young children perceive the natural and physical world through:

  1. examining and articulating their own concepts of science

  2. identifying the nature of science in the early years

  3. examining, analysing and evaluating theories of how children make sense of their world

  4. carrying out an audit of current practice in science provision

  5. providing evidence of their ability to plan and carry out an investigation of an aspect of their role in relation to creating an environment which helps young children make sense of their world

This course will be taught by distance learning, supported by online materials, tutor and peer support, and self-directed learning tasks.

1st Attempt: Two 1,500 word written assignments. Part A and Part B must be completed successfully.

Resit: Resubmission of written assignment, either or both parts (dependent on initial result).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students are required to collaborate online and give and receive formative feedback within their action learning sets. Tutors also give written formative feedback on Part A of the course assessment before students undertake Part B.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within four weeks of submission). Feedback can highlight strengths and give clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face or telephone tutorials can be arranged for students who require additional support.

ED 2055
FROM LEARNING TO TEACHING
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Linda Craig

Pre-requisite(s): Normally successful completion of courses ED 1056 and ED 1544.

From a focus on the concept of learning in year one of their studies, students will now deepen their knowledge and understanding of this through an investigation of the concept of teaching and its relationship to learning. This course will broaden student knowledge of educational systems, professional responsibilities and their implications for teaching and learning in the 21st century. Professional skills of communication, self and peer evaluation, critical enquiry and reflection will be further developed within a range of learning contexts. Using collaborative enquiry and drawing on new learning, students will be encouraged to challenge personally held assumptions, beliefs and values about effective learning and teaching.

1 one-hour lecture followed by a 1 two-hour reflective tutorial. Also a flexible arrangement of either 1 one-hour professional studies tutorial per week or 1 two-hour professional studies tutorial every alternative week and practical fieldwork (to be arranged). 7 weeks of the 12 week course are also flexible ICT classes.

1st Attempt: Professional Participation and Commitment (10%). This relates to SITE Aspect 3 above where the students collaborate in Groups on weekly tasks. They self assess each other's professional participation and professional commitment for (5%) of this mark. They investigate the theme of Social Justice and make a final presentation in Week 23 which is peer assessed by 3 members of the class for a further (5%). The tutor overseas the assessment procedures and adjudicates as necessary.

Evaluation of Field Work Experience (30%). This is based on the report written by the supporter teacher during school placement. Written Assignment (60%). This relates to a 3,000 word essay which draws together the course content including school experience. Feedback is given to students by tutor feedback report.

Resit: Resubmission of Written Assignment to overtake failed criteria.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative Assessment opportunities are provided by tutors giving students' feedback on their personal and professional development targets which they set at the outset of the course in relation to SITE and their Year 1 experiences. Formative Assessment is also undertaken in Weeks 18 or 21 when the students have the opportunity to demonstrate the progress of their preparation for the Group presentation in Week 23.

Feedback is provided by oral and written means for formative feedback and written tutor report for summative feedback.

ED 2056
WHAT MAKES US HUMAN 2A : THE EXPERIENCE OF CHILDHOOD
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Elizabeth Curtis

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of ED 1057 and ED 1545.

  • Through the critical evaluation of both historic and contemporary evidence of the experiences of children including texts, images and objects, students will deepen their understanding of the following themes; gender, rites of passage, power relations, agency and materiality.

  • Each week through the exploration of texts, images and or objects students will consider the relationship between childhood experiences and how they are mediated through the words and images generated by others and themselves. The sources chosen for the course will reflect both the diverse experiences of children in the past and those which reflect contemporary experiences of childhood both socially and geographically. Themes which will be explored will include children in the home, children at work, children at play and children learning.

  • Through seminar and tutorial sessions students will build on their experience in Level 1 of working within a community of enquiry and will continue to take the lead in shaping discussion. Students will have the opportunity to work in groups to produce a collaborative presentation which will explore their own assumptions, values and beliefs in relation to the experiences of children in historical contexts or in contemporary society.

1 one-hour lecture per week; 1 two-hour seminar per week.

Lectures and tutorials will be supplemented by tutor directed learning and discussion using WebCT.

Tutorials will be student led using a Philosophy for Learning approach.

1st Attempt: This will take the form of a 2,000 word written assignment which draws from the collaborative presentation and personal reflective notes (100%).

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within 2,000 word essay (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

This will take the form of a collaborative presentation and personal reflective notes.

Students will work in groups to plan and create a presentation which focuses on the experiences of children in either a historical or contemporary context. The presentations will make use of texts, images and /or objects relevant to the theme chosen by the students.

Feedback:
In sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work: (Formative feedback within 2 weeks of submission; summative feedback within 4 weeks of submission).

Appropriate and relevant feedback to help students to understand where they have both gained and lost marks, and how to improve their mark.

Face to face meetings between tutors and students who have failed.

ED 2059
GAELIC MEDIUM EDUCATION - ADVANCED -1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Anne Thirkell

Pre-requisite(s): ED 1077 and ED 1549.

This course is designed both for students who are fluent speakers of Gaelic or advanced learners who have completed courses ED 1077 and ED 1549. This course will build on and consolidate knowledge acquired through their study of these courses. It will focus particularly on the Nursery and Early Stages of Gaelic medium education and will explore and evaluate methodologies and resources used for teaching a language through immersion. There will be an emphasis on the students' skills in lesson delivery with special consideration being given to their spoken and written Gaelic. Students will be encouraged to deepen their self evaluation and their critical reflections.

3 one-hour face-to-face tutorials per week.

1st Attempt: A written submission of 2,000 words based on a detailed study undertaken into the different resources available for use in Gaelic medium teaching at the P1-P3 Stages, (50%).

Presentation of a mini lesson for Nursery children and based on the use of story telling for language learning. (50%)

Resit: Any of failed aspects above either presentation and/or resubmission of essay.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

On-going formative assessment arrangements based on contributions in class and tutor directed activities.

Feedback will be provided orally in class and on an individual basis. Written feedback will be provided for both Summative assessments, in sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work - typically in line with University guidelines on Assessment.

Face-to-face meetings between tutor and students who have failed.

ED 2069
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Yvonne Bain

Pre-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Participants must be employed in a suitable professional setting.

The course focuses on learning through study, learning from experience and the development of professional knowledge. It discusses the emergence of the notion of the reflective practitioner. It considers the place of inquiry in professional development linked to practitioner research and active experimentation.

The purpose of the course is to deepen understanding of the role of professional development that participants may already have studied at level 1 of the programme. It also introduces the key learning processes that underpin level 2 of the BA in Professional Development. These include formal and informal learning, reflective practice, surface and deep learning, and relationships with other professionals.

Distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers as appropriate.

For example, model with face-to-face support: 1 six-hour workshop per class group, 4 three-hour workshops per class group, 4 half-hour tutorials per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: One assignment (100%) comprising a 2,000 word report and a 1,000 word professional development plan.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the Assignment (100%) as above.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback will be available to participants in tutorial sessions, and also for early part draft assignment work.

Formative feedback will be provided to participants verbally during tutorials, or by email correspondence.

Summative feedback will be provided in writing as a pdf file sent by email.

ED 2070
RESEARCH METHODS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Yvonne Bain

Pre-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Participants must be employed in a suitable professional setting.

  • The contribution of research to professional practice; the uses of research; the role of the researcher; ethical issues.

  • Designing and planning research; participatory research approaches; setting problems; developing a research proposal.

  • Data collection methods - questionnaires, observation and interviews.

  • Data analysis and interpretation.

  • Writing research proposals and reports.

  • A structured approach to organising and undertaking a simple small-scale research project.

Distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers as appropriate.

For example, model with face-to-face support: 1 six-hour workshop per class group, 3 three-hour workshops per class group, 2 half-hour tutorials per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: One assignment (100%) comprising a 3,000 word report including a research proposal.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the Assignment (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback will be available to participants in tutorial sessions, and also for early part draft assignment work.

Formative feedback will be provided to participants verbally during tutorials, or by email correspondence.

Summative feedback will be provided in writing as a pdf file sent by email.

ED 2071
PROFESSIONAL PROJECT 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Yvonne Bain

Pre-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Participants must be employed in a suitable professional setting.

The Professional Project content is determined by the individual participant. Participants' guidance is provided in:

  • selecting topic for inquiry

  • reviewing literature and other sources of information

  • developing a manageable and detailed project proposal

  • formulating an action plan

  • gathering and analysing data

  • interpreting data so that it may be linked to practice

  • communicating findings

Distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers as appropriate.

For example, model with face-to-face support: 1 six-hour workshop per class group, 4 three-hour workshops per class group, 4 half-hour tutorials per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: 1 written assignment (100%) comprising a 3,000 word report.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the Assignment (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback will be available to participants in tutorial sessions, and also for early part draft assignment work.

Formative feedback will be provided to participants verbally during tutorials, or by email correspondence.

Summative feedback will be provided in writing as a pdf file sent by email.

ED 2072
NEGOTIATED INDEPENDENT STUDY 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Yvonne Bain

Pre-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Participants must be employed in a suitable professional setting.

The content is determined by the participant in negotiation with the course tutor. A learning contract is developed, which emerges from dialogue between the course participant and the course tutor.

The contract includes learning outcomes negotiated between the participant and the course tutor.

Distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers as appropriate.

For example, model with face-to-face support: 1 six-hour workshop per class group, 3 three-hour workshops per class group, 2 half-hour tutorials per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: 1 assignment (100%) comprising a 3,000 word report.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the Assignment (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback will be available to participants in tutorial sessions, and also for early part draft assignment work.

Formative feedback will be provided to participants verbally during tutorials, or by email correspondence.

Summative feedback will be provided in writing as a pdf file sent by email.

ED 2073
SELF MANAGEMENT AND PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Yvonne Bain

Pre-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Participants must be employed in a suitable professional setting.

  • Developing Self Awareness: Using diagnostic instruments, feedback and own judgements; evaluation of self-disclosure, personal values and attitudes towards change and interpersonal orientation.

  • Managing Stress: Understanding stress; strategies for eliminating stress; building resilience.

  • Effective Problem Solving: Rational approaches; creative approaches; barriers to effective problem solving.

  • Interpersonal Skills: An introduction to the topics of communicating supportively, motivating others, empowering and delegating.

Distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers as appropriate.

For example, model with face-to-face support: 1 six-hour workshop per class group, 3 three-hour workshops per class group, 2 half-hour tutorials per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: 1 written assignment (100%) comprising a 3,000 word essay.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within the Assignment (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback will be available to participants in tutorial sessions, and also for early part draft assignment work.

Formative feedback will be provided to participants verbally during tutorials, or by email correspondence.

Summative feedback will be provided in writing as a pdf file sent by email.

ED 2074
LEARNING THROUGH REFLECTION ON PRACTICE
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Yvonne Bain

Pre-requisite(s): Students should be currently engaged in a relevant area of practice.

The main topic areas are:

  • learning through reflection

  • experiential learning

  • knowledge and theories relevant to selected areas of professional practice

  • methods for evaluation, including feedback from others

  • case studies of learning through reflection and its impact on practice
    methods for self-evaluation to support personal development planning

Online distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers. For example, 14 hours in face-to-face workshops, plus tutor support through individual or small group tutorials conducted through an appropriate medium (online, face-to-face, telephone, other).

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%). Students will create a portfolio of items to evidence reflection on a selected aspect of their own practice. Component items (equivalent to 3,000 words in total):

  • an explanation of the selected approach to learning through reflection

  • an account of knowledge and theoretical ideas which have informed understanding of the selected aspect of practice

  • an analysis of feedback from relevant others, for example colleagues or community participants/learners/clients

  • a plan for enhanced practice

  • a personal development plan

Resit: Continuous assessment (100%) as above.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback will be available to participants in tutorial sessions, and also for early part draft assignment work.

Formative feedback will be provided to participants verbally during tutorials, or by email correspondence.

Summative feedback will be provided in writing as a pdf file sent by email.

ED 2075
CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Sarah Kearns

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to practitioners who hold a relevant professional qualification, and who are nominated by their employing agency.

Knowledge of roles and responsibilities within legal and policy frameworks and balancing children's rights; parental rsponsibilities; duties and powers of agencies.
Use of the law and local Child Protection Guidelines.
Examination of local arrangements for reporting and investigating abuse and roles within these.
Interprofessional and interagency collaboration and communication.
Communication with children, carers and professionals.
Consideration of roles and responsibilities.
Recognition of signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect.
Consideration of definitions of abuse.
Identification of barriers to recognition of abuse.
Examination of personal and professional value bases and their influence on practice.

The standard delivery model comprises 10 one-hour lectures; 19 two-hour seminars; 2 one-hour tutorials.

Less face-to-face and more open or distance learning delivery mode can be provided to suit needs of sponsoring organisation.

1st Attempt: 1 written 3,000 word essay (70%); 1 practical report by line manager (30%).

Resit: 1 resubmission of failed criteria within the essay assignment (70%) and resubmission of a satisfactory line manager report (30%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback will be available to participants in tutorial sessions, and also for early part draft assignment work.

Formative feedback will be provided to participants verbally during tutorials, or by email correspondence.

Summative feedback will be provided in writing as a pdf file sent by email.

ED 2076
WORK BASED PRACTICE (LEVEL 2)
CREDIT POINTS 45

Course Co-ordinator: Karen McArdle

Pre-requisite(s): Enrolment in BA (Hons) Community Learning and Development.

Reflective techniques and approaches to self evaluation;
Organisational systems, structures and processes;
Inquiry and evaluative techniques;
Blending theory, practice and personal qualities;
Introduction to sociological theory and the link to practice;
Collaborative working.

Direct teaching will take the form of a one day group workshop and 6 half-day mentoring visits from an individual's Practice-Based Mentor. The facilitation, by the tutor, of ongoing participation in an online learning environment will also have a teaching function.

The specific piece of work in practice will be planned and supervised to ensure that at least 84 hours of designated work in an approved setting are contributing to the learning outcomes identified.

1st Attempt: Observed practice
five 500 word reflections and one 1,500 word report.

Resit: Students will resubmit failed elements of the assessment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback from peers and tutors will be provided through the required work on the VLE.

Detailed written and oral feedback is provided to all students. Additional tutorials provide support for students on request or in the event of unsatisfactory progress.

ED 2077
COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY STUDY
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Goup work and team building theory and practice
Basic principles of risk assessment
Community enquiry methods
Community profiling
Current public sector planning and governance arrangements
The role of the 3rd sector
Impact of UK and Scottish Government policy at a local level
Sourcing, generating, collating and analysing relevant data
Maintenance of a reflective diary
Presenting a report of the study
Preparation of collaborative and individual reports summarising both group processes and personal outcomes

Indicative Reading
Community Profiling a Practical Guide: Hawtin, Murray; Percy-Smith, Janie. (2007)
Assessing Community Strengths: a Practical Handbook for Planning Capacity Building Initiatives: Skinner, Steve; Wilson, Mandy. (2002)
Measuring what Matters (Conference Report 2009); International Association of Community Development http://www.iacdglobal.org/en/publications/iacd-publications/measuring-what-matters
Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2009: General Report; Scottish government. (2009)

Intensive group experience on team building, group work and planning 20 hours (Sept)
Lecture - (4 hours during study block in each semester) 8 hours (Sept- Feb)
On-line planning tutorial (4 hours x 3 groups) 12 hours (Sept - Oct)
On-line teaching, discussion and development - 24 hours (Oct - April)
Individual tutorials (15 students x 2 hours) (Oct - April)
Review tutorial (2 hours x 3 groups) 6 hours (May)

Group: agreed statement of objectives (10%)
Individual: Personal plan (20%)
Individual: Report on individual contribution (20%)
Group: Multi media presentation to be delivered to and evaluated by peers/ tutors (40%)
Individual: Evaluation and reflection report (10%)

Whilst participants will be assessed summatively on their individual performance, collaborative elements will provide assessment for learning towards the necessary professional skills of collaborative working, negotiation and partnership. A necessary component of the group tasks will be self and peer assessment of an individual's contribution to the group product. The overall summative grading of the assignment, using the University CAS scale, will therefore reflect the individual performance towards the task.

Students will resubmit failed elements of the assessment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback from peers and tutors will be provided through the required work on the VLE

Detailed written and oral feedback is provided to all students. Additional tutorials provide support for students on request or in the event of unsatisfactory progress.

ED 2507
SUPPORTING THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF YOUNG CHILDREN
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of BA Childhood Practice Level 1, or equivalent.

The course will cover:

  1. an examination and definitions of models of health

  2. a detailed exploration of the health needs of individual children

  3. the determinants of health and wellbeing

  4. an examination of policy to support health and wellbeing at local, national and international level

The course will be taught by distance learning, supported by online materials, tutors and peer support, and slef-directed learning tasks.

1st Attempt: Two 1,500 word written assignments. Part A and Part B must be completed successfully.

Resit: Resubmission of written assignment, either or both parts (dependent on result).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will receive formative feedback from tutors on Part A prior to undertaking Part B of the assignment. Students are required to work in a collaborative fashion with others online in action learning sets where they give and recieve feedback from peers.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment, and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessments is provided to students (typically within four weeks of submission). Feedback highlights strengths and gives clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face meetings or telephone tutorial support can be arranged for students who require additional support.

ED 2550
CAREER DEVELOPMENT: FIND YOUR DIRECTION
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Joy Perkins

Pre-requisite(s): Available to students in programme year 2 only.

Note(s): Available to both Arts and Science students (not School of Medical Sciences).

This course is designed with the support of employers to prepare Level 2 students to make appropriate career decisions by giving them both the theoretical basis and practical skills needed. The course will enable students to consider a range of career choice theories and apply these to their own situation and background. The course also explores applications/CVs, interview and selection training, career option awareness, enterprise & entrepreneurship, Graduate Attribute achievement, networking, labour market information, skills identification and aptitude and personality testing and aims to promote enhanced job-search skills. As a result, students should be able to apply more effectively for internships, vacation work and graduate employment.

1 one-hour lecture and 1 two-hour workshop per week.

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%) consisting of a 2,500 word job analysis report (50%) plus oral presentation (20%) including peer assessment and CV construction exercise (30%). Students must pass each assessment element.

Resit: The opportunity to re-sit each assessment element is available.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

A wide range of formative assessments will be implemented in the course, including case studies, role play, on-line learning, questionnaire analysis, problem-based learning and small group discussions. In addition formative learning will develop students' research, analytical, reflective, written and communication skills.

Students will receive written, oral, peer and audio (MP3 player) feedback during the course. A peer feedback sheet will be used during the student job analysis presentations. All summative assessments will be marked against the assessment criteria and students will be provided with constructive written feedback for each assignment.

ED 2554
MOVING IMAGE EDUCATION (MIE)
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Mrs S Nicol

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): Restricted to BEd (Hons) students only.

The course naturally divides itself into three distinct phases:
Phase 1: Learning about Moving Image Education
Phase 2: Using Moving Images in the Classroom
Phase 3: Preparing for Peer Assessment

There will be an expectation to relate to the specified element of SITE throughout all three phases. There will be a requirement to collate information for a portfolio of evidence throughout the sessions.

Each session will be followed by a Tutor Directed Activity (TDA), except in the assessment weeks and these must be completed before the next session.

12 two-hour workshops and 10 tutor directed activities.

Summative assessment arrangements: Portfolio of evidence (60%) and 10 minute group presentation (40%), tutor assessed.

Formative assessment arrangements: Both the portfolio and the presentation will be formatively assessed by peers and tutors.

Resubmission of failed aspects of portfolio of evidence
Resit of presentation.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative feedback is enabled through the organised peer assessment opportunities.

Discussions with students and completion of feedback forms. The students are advised to seek clarification and further feedback if unsure and/or wish additional support. This is advised on the feedback forms.

ED 2555
LEARNING AND TEACHING IN AND THROUGH THE CURRICULUM
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona MacDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Normally successful completion of courses ED 1056 Learning How to Learn & ED 1544 Learning How Others Learn. Completion of ED 2044 From Learning to Teaching

This course continues to deepen knowledge and understanding of the learning and teaching process with an exploration of the concept of curriculum and its relationship to the effectiveness of that process. Set in a national context of curricular change, the historical, philosophical and political contexts for legislation and policy development will form a focus for critical reflection.

Working in communities of enquiry, students will study aspects of curriculum in depth, making connections to principles of assessment for learning and theories of involvement and engagement, as indicators of quality learning and teaching. In collaboration with field professionals students will draw on their expanding repertoire of effective learning and teaching strategies and evaluate their application of these in practice.

1 one-hour lecture, 1 two-hour tutorial, 1 one-hour tutorial, and practical fieldwork (to be arranged).

1st Attempt: Evaluation of Fieldwork Experience (20%); Written Assignment 1 (30%); Written Assignment 2 (50%)

Resit: Written Assignment 1 (30%); Written Assignment 2 (50%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative Assessment opportunities are provided by tutors giving students feedback on their personal and professional development targets which they set at the outset of the course in relation to SITE and their Year 1 experiences. Formative Assessment is also undertaken when the students have the opportunity to demonstrate their progress.

Feedback is provided by oral and written means for formative feedback and written tutor report for summative feedback.

ED 2556
WHAT MAKES US HUMAN 2B
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Liz Curtis

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of What Makes Us Human 1A & 1B (ED 1057 and ED 1545).

From a focus on a range of disciplinary approaches to understanding what it is to be human in year one, students will deepen their understanding of the following themes; gender, rites of passage, power relations, agency, and materiality through an investigation of how writers, photographers, artists and film makers have explored these themes in their representation of children, young people and their families.

Each week students will explore different texts, sets of images, arts products or films which depict children, young people and families in a particular context and will investigate how the representation of children, young people and families are underpinned by the themes listed above.

Through seminar and tutorial sessions students will build on their experience in Level 1 of working within a community of enquiry and will continue to take the lead in shaping discussion. Students will have the opportunity to work in groups to produce a collaborative presentation which will explore their own assumptions, values and beliefs within representations of children, young people and families through words and images. They will also be engaged in a group project which enables them to create a resource or presentation which uses text, arts products, film or technology as a means of communication, focussing on children, young people and families.

12 one-hour lectures; 12 two-hour workshops.

1st Attempt: 2,000 word essay.

Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within 2,000 word essay.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students will be expected to submit a reflective journal which they will complete each week following the inputs and workshop. Successful completion of this will be a requirement of the course.

In sufficient time to be used by students to improve their work, normally within 4 weeks of submission.

Appropriate and relevant feedback to help students to understand their grade and feed forward to help them improve for future submissions.

Face to face meetings with students who have failed their assignment.

ED 2557
ADVANCED EDUCATION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Val Reid

Pre-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Previous study of ED 1075 is desirable but not essential.

The main focus of this course is examining and deepening understanding of the concept of education for environmental citizenship. It continues to develop knowledge and understanding of the geographical, historical, anthropological, political and cultural dimensions of the environment. Independent research and field study will facilitate exploration of human activity and its effect on the natural environment. The course will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the concepts of heritage, conservation and sustainablity.

Three hours lecture/tutoral/workshop per week, plus group and individual field work up to three hours per week.

1st Attempt: 3 x 20 minute presentations. (30%)
4000 word case study report (70%)

Resit: 4000 word case study report. (100%)

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Continuous debate/discussion in groups, in whole class setting and in one to one discussion with tutor.

Fornmative assessment - verbal feedback from tutor. Peer and self assessment
Summative assessment - structured, detailed written feedback as per School of Education pro-forma.

ED 2559
GAELIC MEDIUM EDUCATION - ADVANCED 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Anne Thirkell

Pre-requisite(s): Gaelic Medium Education - Advanced 1.

This course is designed for students who are fluent speakers of Gaelic or very advanced learners of the language who have completed the course - Gaelic Medium Education Advanced

This course will build on and consolidate previous knowledge and will focus in particular on the Middle and Upper Stages of Gaelic medium primary. It will explore and evaluate methodologies and resources suitable for use in a Gaelic medium context and within the framework of a Curriculum for Excellence. There will be an emphasis on the students' skills and confidence in lesson delivery and consideration will also be given to the competence of students across all four language skills in a variety of contexts. Students will be expected to be able to critically reflect in some depth.

3 one-hour face-to-face tutorials a week.

1st Attempt: Presentation of a mini lesson suitable for a composite Primary 4-5 Gaelic medium class and within the Curriculum for Excellence framework (25%).

Prepare and submit a detailed lesson plan for a Primary 7 Language class that illustrates continuity in learning; makes appropriate cross-curricular links and highlights inclusive practice (25%).

A written submission of 2,500 words where the student will critically evaluate and reflect on personal and professional progress and development to date and look forward to Gaelic Medium school placements in BEd 3 (50%).

Resit: Any of failed aspects above, either presentations and/or resubmission of essay.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

On-going formative assessment arrangements based on contributions in class and tutor directed activities.

Feedback will be provided orally in class and on an individual basis by both tutor and peers. Written feedback will be provided for all summative assessments in sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work- typically in line with University Guidelines on assessment.

Face-to-face meetings between tutor and students who have failed.

ED 2560
UNDERSTANDING THE EMOTIONAL WORLD OF THE CHILD
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Mrs S Kearns

Pre-requisite(s): Elective course within BEd programme.

Theoretical frameworks, literature and research on:
Attachment
Resilience
Loss and change/transition
Trauma
Nurture

All of the above will be used to examine:
Ways of promoting children's emotional and social development in the context of the teacher/pupil/parent/carer/family relationship

12 two-hour seminars.

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment - portfolio of materials from tutor directed activities.

Resubmission of failed components of portfolio.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Peer assessment and support.

Written feedback with next steps for development.

 

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ED 3004
LEARNING AND TEACHING: SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY 1
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Jackie Stewart

Pre-requisite(s): Students require to have successfully completed all Year 1 and Year 2 compulsory courses, securing 210 credit points. PVG Scheme clearance. Adequate attendance and completion of campus based coursework in interconnected course 'Learning and Teaching: The Emerging Professional 1'

This course supports students' transition and development as teachers of young learners in the context of school and community. Through mixed mode patterns of situated learning, equivalent to fourteen weeks experience, students will have repeated opportunity to apply in schools the professional knowledge, understanding and skills introduced and developed in the interconnected course, 'Learning and Teaching: The Emerging Professional 1'. Supported by university and school mentors, students will take increasing responsibility for assessing, designing, implementing, evaluating and reviewing situated learning and teaching experiences for young learners within a range of discrete disciplinary contexts, (ie Mathematics), and interdisciplinary studies across the school curriculum, (ie Health and Well-Being, RME & Expressive Arts). Valuing themselves as growing professionals, students will take responsibility for professional learning and development, applying the cyclical self-evaluation process.

20 days, not necessarily continuous, practical engagement in school based projects across developmental stages (Nursery - Upper Primary)
Two blocks of five week immersion school of community experience in the context of nursery - early years (Nursery - Primary 3).

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment on evaluation of fieldwork a) observation of practice and discussion of underpinning principles. b) portfolio of evidence.

Resit: Repeat of failed element/elements.

ED 3005
LEARNING AND TEACHING: THE EMERGING PROFESSIONAL 1
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Mrs A Valyo

Pre-requisite(s): Students require to have successfully completed all Year 1 and Year 2 compulsory and elective BEd courses, securing 240 SCOTCAT credit points.

Continuing to develop the concept of effective learning and teaching from years 1 & 2 of their studies this course will engage students in investigation of curricular contexts, exploring both discrete disciplinary contexts, (ie. Mathematics), and interdisciplinary studies across the school curriculum, (ie. Health and Well-Being, R.M.E. & Expressive Arts). Connections will be made to facilitate the application of knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to professional practice. Students will design and evaluate meaningful and contextualised learning and teaching experiences, learning to apply the cyclical process of reflection, evaluation, target setting and planned action for improvement. The course will engage students in the development of effective pedagogical, enquiry and research skills. Further exploration of the processes will support student application of strategies to support pupil learning gains in the interconnected course ?Learning and Teaching: School & Community?

24 one-hour lectures, 24 two-hour workshops, 20 one-hour tutorials, 14 two-hour seminars (to be arranged).

1st Attempt: Integrated Curriculum written assignment (25%); literacy written assignment (25%); research written assignment (25%); presentation (25%)

Resubmission of failed components of written assignments; re-sit presentation.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

There is ongoing formative feedabck and peer support throughout the course.

Feedback throughout tutorial groups.
Learning intentions are shared
Assessment lectures and on line support through frequently asked questions sharing etc.

ED 3006
INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Mrs S Kearns

Pre-requisite(s): Diploma/BA in Social Work or related discipline.

1. Roles and responsibilities within the legal and policy framework for child protection
2. Communication with children, parents and professionals
3. Identification and recognition of abuse
4. Values and ethical dilemmas

7 face-to-face days of seminars + 3 days of distance learning + tutorial.

1st Attempt: 1 written assignment of 3,000 words (100%).

Resit: 1 written assignment of 3,000 words.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Written feedback and feedforward giving details on how to improve work.

ED 3007
THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES TO WORKING WITH FAMILIES
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Mrs S Kearns

Pre-requisite(s): Diploma level or above qualification in relevant discipline Relevant and current professional experience

1. Values and discourses in family work
2.Models of understanding families
3. Therapeutic strategies

Three 1-day workshops + distance learning activities.

1st Attempt: 1 written assignment of 3,000 words (100%).

Resit: Re-submission of any failed aspects of assignment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Written feedback and feedforward giving details of how to improve work.

ED 3011
ENGAGING FAMILIES IN LEARNING: 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Ms A Ackland

Pre-requisite(s): Applicants are expected to have previous experience in a relevant practice domain. Applicants must satisfy the requirement for direct entry to the BAPD programme, normally an HND or equivalent.

The course consists of three topics:

  • Concepts of family learning

  • Social practice theory and informal learning

  • Collaboration and partnership working

On-line learning materials and interactive peer learning activities will be supplemented by 4 three-hour face to face group workshops and optional individual tutorial support (30 minutes per student, via skype or other online communication tool).

Each individual will give a 15 minute multi-media presentation to a group of peers. Peer feedback will be used to inform the tutor's summative assessment and feedback which amounts to 100% for course.

One further opportunity for a multi-media presentation.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Ongoing formative assessment is built in to the course through, for example, the responses given to the online activity. Students are required to participate in online activities and will be given formative feedback as they develop their presentation. Feedback/feedforward will be provided to students using the collaborative functions of the VLE for developmental dialogue.

Oral feedback will be provided at workshop sessions. Written feedback will be provided in the online discussions. Written feedback from peers will be facilitated as part of the group process of the final presentations. Formal written feedback on the final assessment submission will be provided on a feedback form and participants will be given the opportunity to discuss this feedback with tutors.

ED 3024
PROFESSIONAL PROJECT
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

Pre-requisite(s):

The purpose of the professional project at level 2 is to require participants to integrate their learning from other courses through the implementation of a project in an area of interest to the individual, using skills of systematic inquiry. The project is intended to increase awareness that knowledge can be drawn from a range of sources including study, experience, reflection and investigation.

The project is also designed to require participants to become increasingly autonomous as learners through the selection of a project topic incorporating a research element and selection of appropriate methods of implementing the project.

At level 2, the project is required to include a simple research element within stated methodological boundaries. Tutors will guide participants on the use of appropriate methods. Participants will be expected to link the outcomes of their inquiry to practice and will be expected to present the findings of their inquiry in an appropriate format, drawing on relevant literature.

Distance learning course with individual/group tutorial support.

1st Attempt: Assessed by two formative tasks and by the submission of a written report.

Resit: Resubmission of written report.

ED 3039
YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE ROLE OF YOUTH WORK
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Chris Aldred

Pre-requisite(s):

The course consists of four main topics, each of which examines current policy and practice and offers historical and socio-cultural perspectives. Topics are:

  • The concept of youth and adolescence

  • Young people: development, transitions and identity

  • Power, participation and justice

  • Inclusion and diversity - targeted and universal approaches.

1 full day workshop (1 six-hours); 3 half day workshops (3 three-hours); one-hour tutorial support per student.

1st Attempt: Multi-media report on a piece of work involving young people which illustrates course topics and includes reflective material on the student's own learning. The report should be equivalent to 3,000 words but include, for example, images and/or other forms of representation.

Resit: Resubmission of multi-media report.

ED 3064
DESIGN FOR BSC TECHNOLOGY WITH EDUCATION
CREDIT POINTS

Course Co-ordinator: To be advised

Pre-requisite(s):

Note(s): The course is aimed primarily at students on the BSc Technology with Education but is open to students on other degree programmes.

Historical periods of design eg Art Noveau, Post Modernism etc

Schools of design eg Bauhaus, Memphis etc

Factors influencing design: social, economic, functional, technological, manufacturing techniques etc

Theories and methodologies of design: user centred, market push, technological pull etc

Analysis of success and failure of designs based on critical appraisal of key design factors

Physical and digital modelling techniques

Projects in which the student develops design solutions to meet given needs and needs identified by the student

3 one-hour lectures and 1 one-hour tutorial per week for the first four weeks, followed by one three-hour practical and 1 one-hour tutorial per week for the remaining eight weeks.

1st Attempt: Presentation (ten minutes plus five minutes for questions) relating to the first three learning outcomes (30%). Final project folio and associated models producing a solution to a need identified by the student (70%).

Resit: As 1st attempt (the project folio and associated models may be a resubmission of the original versions).

ED 3065
SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 1A
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: To be advised

Pre-requisite(s): Candidates must possess the minimum entry requirements as prescribed in "The Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Courses of Initial Teacher Education" (SEED/GTCS) - including a National Qualifications Course award in English at level 6 (or equivalent), and have satisfied the relevant selection procedures.

Co-requisite(s): Candidates must be following the companion School of Education courses in year 3 or combined degrees including Education: Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools A and Teaching Technological Education in Secondary Schools A. Students must also undertake Learning and Teaching in Schools A: Beginning to Teach and Learning and Teaching in Schools B: The Developing Professional.

The content of this course is based on the requirements set out in the Standard for Initial Teacher Education:

Professional knowledge and understanding of

  • the curriculum

  • education system and professional responsibilities

  • principles and perspectives

Professional skills & abilities
  • teaching and learning

  • classroom organisation and management

  • pupil assessment

  • professional reflection and communication

  • Professional values and personal commitment

14 days placement in school.

1st Attempt: A summative report with inputs from the University tutor, the Principal Teacher and the Teacher Regent (100%).

Resit: A fail in School Experience 1A will be compensated for by one resit attempt in the second half session of third year.

ED 3066
SUPPORTING SUCCESSFUL LEARNERS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Y Bain

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): Available only to students who are currently employed in a suitable appropriate adult or further education setting.

This course focuses on putting theories, policies, legislation and innovative ideas into practice to provide effective support for successful learning. Four main themes capture relevant topics:

Being an Active Professional

  • Professional Identity

  • Learning in the Workplace

  • Self-awareness

  • Reflective Practice

Understanding Learners and Learning
  • Emerging Theories of Learning

  • Diversity and Difference

  • Adult and Young Learners

  • Education, Social and Emotional Literacies

The Changing Learning Environment
  • Social Justice

  • Technology

  • Partnership Initiatives

  • The Curriculum

Supporting Successful Learning
  • Relationships

  • Strategies to Engage Learners

  • Assessment for Learning

  • Behaviour for Learning

Online distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers as appropriate.

For example, model with face-to-face support: one 5½-hour workshop per class group, three 2½-hour workshops per class group, two ½-hour tutorials per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%).

Students will create a portfolio of items to provide evidence of how they have supported selected learners to become more successful.

Components (equivalent to 3000 words in total):

  • An analysis of factors that may affect the success of selected learners

  • A discussion if policy/legislation issues that seem relevant to the success of the selected learners

  • A plan for and an evaluation of an intervention to promote greater success for the selected learners

  • A reflection on 'my personal and professional growth' through learning on this course.

Resit: Continuous assessment (100%). As above.

ED 3067
LEARNING IN PRACTICE
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Ms A Ackland and Mrs S Kearns

Pre-requisite(s): Currently engaged in a relevant area of practice.

  • Models of professional development

  • Theories of practice learning

  • Practice development within a knowledge, values and skills framework

  • Tools for self-evaluation and reflective practice development

  • Tools to develop critical thinking and analytical skills.

  • Professional Enquiry processes.

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%).

Participants will compile a portfolio of evidence of learning in practice.

Components of the portfolio are:
1. A self evaluation statement identifying areas that student will develop through a practice task for which they must provide a plan (to be negotiated with HE tutor and a mentor identified by the student from within their practice setting - this may be the line manager or a senior colleague).

2. A report of a professional discussion, which will include the mentor, an HE tutor and the student, to discuss progress against identified standards. Where appropriate this may include an observation of practice.

3. A reflective account (2,000 words) of how they have developed their practice through the practice task, with evidence where appropriate.

Students must pass all components to pass the course.

ED 3068
TEACHING EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS AND VOCATIONAL LEARNING
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Yvonne Bain and Kenny McIntosh

Pre-requisite(s): A teaching qualification is a secondary school, FE or HE setting.

Note(s): This course is open to teachers, lecturers and other professionals with appropriate qualifications and experience working in an educational or education related context.

  • Course preparation and delivery

  • Employability skills versus employment skills

  • Team working

  • Personal effectiveness

  • Understanding how to manage stress

  • Confidence and self-esteem

  • Assertive behaviour

  • Dealing with challenging behaviours

  • Communication skills, including listening skills

  • Constructive feedback

  • Presentation skills

  • Learning styles

  • Assertive behaviour

  • Giving and receiving feedback

Four full days' attendance on campus and tutorial - 32 hours
Participation in on-line learning - 59 hours; 59 hours of self study.

1st Attempt: 1 classroom observation (50%)
The completion of a professional portfolio showing evidence of planning, delivery, evaluation and 1 1,500 word reflective commentary on developing employability skills (50%).

Resit: One opportunity to resubmit the professional portfolio and reflective commentary
One further opportunity to be observed teaching.

ED 3069
SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 1: MIDDLE AND UPPER STAGES (JOINT DEGREES)
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Jim McCracken

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in the Primary Education joint degree programme.

Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake Learning to Teach in Schools 1: The Beginning Teacher (Joint degree).

Note(s): PVG Scheme checking to be undertaken for Child Protection purposes.

  • Observation and beginning to teach (Block A 4 weeks)

  • Developing Teaching (Block B5 weeks)

In primary, this focuses on the Middle and Upper stages. In the first four week block students will be expected to take full continuous responsibility for their class for two days and in the second block for five days.

School based study includes a programme of Wider Aspects of School based Enquiry Tasks which follow up aspects of the campus based professional studies programme.

300 notional hours student effort fieldwork (full time in school).

1st Attempt: Summative tutor observed lesson in Block A and a school report from the overall placement.

Resit: Summative tutor observed lesson in Block B where cause for concern expressed by the school in/after Block A or where student failed tutor visit in Block A.

ED 3070
SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 1: BEGINNING TO TEACH (JOINT DEGREE)
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Jim McCracken

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students on the Secondary Education Joint degree programmes. Students must have satisfied the entry requirements as set out in the Memorandum on Entry to the Teaching Profession in Scotland (SEED) and have satisfied the selection processes determined by the School of Education before embarking on this course.

Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake Learning to teach in Schools 1: The Beginning Teacher (Joint degrees).

Note(s): PVG Scheme checking to be undertaken for Child Protection purposes.

  • Observation and beginning to teach (Block A 4 weeks)

  • Developing Teaching (Block B5 weeks).

For secondary, the focus will normally be on S1-3 according to the subject. Students are expected to work progressively towards a timetable with 60% of the normal teaching load. Classroom Practice is normally carried out in each of the subjects being taken, with each subject normally playing an equal part.

School based study includes a programme of Wider Aspects of School and School Based Enquiry Tasks which follow up aspects of the campus based professional studies programme.

300 notional hours student effort fieldwork (full time in school).

1st Attempt: Summative tutor observed lesson in Block A and a school report from the overall placement.

Resit: Summative tutor observed lesson in Block B where cause for concern expressed by the school in/after Block A or where student failed tutor visit in Block A.

ED 3071
LEARNING TO TEACH IN SCHOOLS 1: THE BEGINNING TEACHER (JOINT DEGREES)
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Jim McCracken

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students undertaking Level 3 of Joint degrees in Education (MA/BSc).

Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake School Experience 1: Middle and Upper Stages (Joint degrees) or School Experience 1: Beginning to Teach (Joint degrees) as appropriate for Primary or Secondary teaching.

Note(s): Students must have satisfied the entry requirements as set out in the Memorandum on Entry to the Teaching Profession in Scotland (SEED) and have satisfied the selection processes determined by the School of Education before embarking on this course.

  • How students learn

  • How children learn

  • Legislative frameworks for Scottish education (including social justice and child protection)

  • Explore difference

  • An inclusive approach to supporting learning

  • Assessment for and of learning

  • Scottish curricula

  • Exploring learning through the Primary/Secondary curriculum

  • The reflective practitioner

Teaching through a mix of lectures, workshops and other collaborative online learning providing 60 hours contact in the two main areas of professional studies and learning through the curriculum (primary or secondary).

1st Attempt: One summative assessment in course paper on learning, teaching and assessment in theory and identifying and analysing routine professional problems and issues in own practice (5,000 words) (100%).

Resit: Resubmission of the above paper (100%). (Modified submission).

ED 3072
LEARNING TO TEACH IN SCHOOLS 1: THE BEGINNING TEACHER (GAELIC)
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Mrs C Walker

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students undertaking Level 3 of Joint degrees in Education (MA/BSc).

Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake School Experience 1: Middle and Upper Stages (Joint Degrees) or School Experience 1: Beginning to teach (Joint Degrees) as appropriate for primary or secondary teaching.

Note(s): Students must have satisfied the entry requirements as set out in the Memorandum on Entry to the Teaching Profession in Scotland (SEED) and have satisfied the selection processes determined by the School of Education before embarking on this course.

  • How students learn

  • How children learn

  • Legislative frameworks for Scottish education (including social justice and child protection)

  • Explore difference

  • An inclusive approach to supporting learning

  • Assessment for and of learning

  • Scottish curricula

  • Exploring learning through the Primary/Secondary curriculum

  • Reflective practitioner

Teaching through a mix of lectures, workshops and other collaborative online learning providing 60 hours contact in the two main areas of professional studies and learning through the curriculum (primary or secondary).

1st Attempt: One summative assessment in course paper on learning, teaching and assessment in theory and identifying and analysing routine professional problems and issues in own practice (5,000 words).

Resit: Resubmission of the above paper.

ED 3075
PRACTICE 3
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart

Pre-requisite(s): 210 credits in Stages I and II including pass in Practice 2 or completion of successful RPL Credit Claim for entry to Stage III.

Co-requisite(s): Current practice with individuals with complex needs.

Note(s): Students will normally be expected to have current practice opportunities with individuals with complex needs.

The content will include:

  • deepening one aspect of curative education

  • active engagement in relevant meetings, cultural activities and working groups

  • undertaking support and supervision of colleagues

  • taking responsibility for relevant managerial/organisational and administrative tasks

  • maintaining a critically reflective learning journal.

1st Attempt: Evidence based student self assessment of practice annotated to the learning outcomes 3,000 words (40%); written assessment by Practice Supervisor (60%).

Resit: 3,000 word Self assessment of practice 10 weeks practice or part of.

ED 3076
UNDERSTANDING AND USING RESEARCH (CURATIVE EDUCATION)
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart

Pre-requisite(s): 210 credits in Stages I and II including pass in Practice 2 or completion of successful RPL Credit Claim for entry to Stage III.

Co-requisite(s): Current practice with individuals with complex needs.

The content will include:

  • research and professional development

  • undertaking a literature search

  • analysing research reports

  • an overview of research approaches and methods

  • influential research linked to practice development

  • maintaining a critically reflective learning journal.

Lectures, seminars and tutorials to a total of 20 hours supported by web and text based literature and research, self directed learning tasks and situated learning opportunity within the ongoing work situation.

1st Attempt: 3,000 word paper (100%).

Resit: 3,000 word paper (100%).

ED 3077
DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE LIFE COURSE 3
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart

Pre-requisite(s): 210 credits in Stages I and II including Pass in Practice 2 or completion of successful RPL Credit Claim for entry to Stage III.

Co-requisite(s): Current practice with individuals with complex needs.

Note(s): Students will normally be expected to have a current pracrice opportunities with individuals with complex needs.

The content willl include:

  • methods for researching human development

  • comparative approaches to human development

  • emphasis on current literature and research

  • consideration of 'individuality' rather than emphasis on 'normal and difference' within the cultural & societal context

  • focus on inquiry and independent study in a particular aspect of development in the life course

  • wide reading and critical analysis of a range of texts in a negotiated area of inquiry

  • exploration of professional beliefs and values and their influence

  • maintaining a critically reflective learning journal.

Lectures, seminars, tutorials to a total of 20 hours supported by web and text based literature and research, tutor supported workshops, self directed learning tasks and situated learning opportunity within the ongoing work situation.

1st Attempt: One 3,000 word written paper (100%).

Resit: One 3,000 word written paper (100%).

ED 3078
UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING 3
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart

Pre-requisite(s): 210 credits in Stages I and II including Pass in Practice 2 or completion of successful RPL Credit Claim for entry to Stage III.

Co-requisite(s): Current practice with individuals with complex needs.

Note(s): Students will normally be expected to have current practice opportunities with individuals with complex needs.

The content will include:

  • a range of societal, cultural and individual influences on complex needs

  • exploration of a range of management theories

  • formation and development of community in partnership with individuals with complex needs and their families

  • interdisciplinary collaboration and inclusive practice

  • negotiated topics of student inquiry

  • use of action learning sets

  • collaborative presentation skills

  • national frameworks informing practice

  • maintaining a critically reflective learning journal.

Lectures, seminars and tutorials to a total of 30 hours supported by web and text based literature and research, tutor supported workshops, self directed learning tasks and situated learning opportunity within the ongoing work situation.

1st Attempt: Group oral presentation of 45 minutes followed by answering set questions from tutors. Each presenter creates individual poster and presentation pack with individual written summaries of own contribution and own learning from the overall process of the presentation (2,000 words) (100%).

Resit: Individual oral presentation of 15 minutes followed by answering set questions from tutors.

Poster and presentation pack with individual written summaries of own contribution and own learning from the overall process of the presentation (2,000 words) (100%).

ED 3079
CREATIVE ACTION 3 - INTUITIVE PRACTICE
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart

Pre-requisite(s): 210 credits in Stages I and II including Pass in Practice 2 or completion of successful RPL Credit Claim for entry to Stage III.

Co-requisite(s): Current practice with individuals with complex needs.

Note(s): Students will normally be expected to have current practice opportunities with individuals with complex needs.

The content will include:

  • practical guidance in improvisation and spontaneity in creative activities

  • reflection-in-action and reflection-for-action in creative activities

  • unconscious competence, congruence and conflict in practice

  • principles of self-organised action, leadership and intuitive practice

  • principles of inquiry in creative action

  • Theory-U approaches to emergence

  • ITC skills

  • maintaining a critically reflective learning journal.

Practical artistic sessions/activities, interactive presentations and web based formative tasks to a total of 25 hours.

Situated learning opportunity within the ongoing work situation.

1st Attempt: Portfolio of creative inquiry including artworks and reflective paper (2,000 words) (100%).

Resit: Portfolio of creative inquiry including artworks and reflective paper (2,000 words) (100%).

ED 3080
SOCIAL PEDAGOGY 3
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: John Ralph / Chris Walter

Pre-requisite(s): 210 credits in Stages I and II including Pass in Practice 2 or completion of successful RPL Credit Claim for entry to Stage III.

Co-requisite(s): Current practice with individuals with complex needs.

Note(s): Students will normally be expected to have current practice opportunities with individuals with complex needs.

The content will include:

  • ecology of the life processes and their functioning

  • exploration of professional roles and boundaries in the multi-disciplinary context of curative education

  • observation of the life processes in the lifespace

  • sample case studies from the work of Rudolf Steiner

  • maintaining a critically reflective learning journal.

Lectures, seminars and tutorials to a total of 30 hours.
Situated learning opportunity within the ongoing work situation.

1st Attempt: Oral presentation (40%) and written paper (3,000 words) (60%).

ED 3082
UNDERSTANDING HAZARD AND RISK AS A PROFESSIONAL
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr M Harris

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): Available to students employed in a suitable professional position only.

Hazards

  • Hazard definitions

  • Types of hazards

  • Recognising hazards

Risks
  • Risk definitions

  • Types of risks

  • Recognising risks

Identifying hazards and risks in society
  • Societal hazards and risks

  • Representation of hazard and risks in media sources

  • Consequences of hazard and risk in society

Professional Context
  • Own professional context
  • Professional responsibilities regarding hazard and risk>/li>
  • Hazards and risks in own professional context

  • Consequences of hazard and risks in your own professional context

Critical Reflection
  • What does understanding hazard and risk is society mean for me professionally?

  • What does understanding hazard and risk within my own professional context mean for my organisation, my profession and me?

Online distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers as appropriate.

For example, model with face-to-face support: 1 five and a half-hour workshop per class group, 3 two and a half-hour workshops per class group, 2 half-hour tutorials per pair/small group.

3,000 word report and reflective account on hazard and risk within a professional context to include:

  • an analysis of the types and of the differences between hazards and risks existing within society today.

  • critical evaluation of the consequences of hazard and risk within society today

  • critical analysis and evaluation of hazard and risk and their general consequences within their own professional context

  • critical reflection on hazard and risk in their own professional context and what that means for their own professional development

Re-submission of any failed aspects of assignment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative asessment will form part if the teaching and learning strategy throughout the course.

Feedback will be given verbally and by e mail on formative work. Summative work will be given written feedback by e mail and through Turnitin on the paper itself. There will be opportunity given to discuss summative feedback with the tutor if the student so wishes it. Where significant weakneses have been identified, the student will negotiate a meeting time with the tutor to discuss the feedback and ways of improving it for resubmission.

ED 3083
RESPONDING TO HAZARD AND RISK IN A PROFESSIONAL CONTEXT
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr M Harris

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): Available to students employed in a suitable professional position only.

Processes for managing risks and hazard

  • Why use a process?

  • Process steps

  • Differences in steps and terminology

Identifying hazard and risk

  • Identification techniques

  • Deciding which is the best technique

  • Evaluating consequences

Response Techniques
  • Avoidance

  • Mitigation

  • Acceptance

  • Transfer

Reflecting on using a risk management process

  • General issues

  • Personal Issues

Online distance learning materials with face-to-face or online support arrangements as negotiated with participants and/or their sponsors/employers as appropriate.

For example, model with face-to-face support: 1 five and a half-hour workshop per class group, 3 two and a half-hours.

3,000 word report and reflective account on responding to hazard and risk within a
professional context to include:

  • a critical account of processes to manage hazard and risk

  • an critical analysis and evaluation of the potential consequences of existing and potential hazards and risks identified within a selected professional context

  • justification for response techniques for managing the risks and hazards identified within the chosen professional context

  • reflection on how a process for managing risks and hazards could be effective in a personal professional context.

Re-submission of any failed aspects of assignment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative assessment will be done throughout the course, done both verbally and in written format. Formative asessment will be done during the workshops and through discussion. Written formative work will be given appropriate written feedback.

Formative feedback will be done verbally and in written format through email. Summative feedback will be given in written format both through email and through Turnitin on the submitted work itself. Students will also be offered the opportunity to discuss feedback with the tutor if the student wishes to do so. Students with significant weakneses will be given a scheduled time for discussion with the tutor which can be renegotiated but which will form part of the teaching and learning strategy of the course.

ED 3088
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr M Harris

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): Compulsory for students on the BA Professional Development Optional for other university students

Professional develoment in Contemprary Society
The Changing Context of Professional Practice
A Crisis of Confidence in the Professions
The Reflective Practitioner - An Approach to Professional Development in Contemporary Society
Expetiental Learning

Experiential Learning - a developmental approach
Experiential Learning - some characteristics
Experiential Learning - a brief review
Kolb's Experiential Learning Model
Strategic Use of Reflection
Schon's Reflection in action
Reflection as a component in Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle
Boud's model of the Reflection Process
Strengthening the link between experience and reflection
Develping a personal support system
Professional Development Needs: Content
Professional Development Needs: Processes
Drawing Together Learning Needs
Planning Your Support Network

3 four-hour workshops, 4 one-hour online tutorials + 4 one-hour tutorials (face to face or online).

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100% which will include a personal development plan.

Resit: Re-submission of any failed aspects of assignment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative assessment is ongoing through workshop and tutorial activities and submision of small extracts of work throughout the course.

Feedback on formative work is given verbally, and where written work has been submitted, through email written comments. In summative work the feedback will be done in written format through e mail and via Turnitin on the submission itself. Students will also be offered the opportunity to discuss feedback with the tutor if s/he so wishes. Where significant weaknesses have been identified, students will negotiate a time to speak with the tutor on ways to improve the submission, which forms an integral part of the teaching and learning strategy.

ED 3090
YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE ROLE OF YOUTH WORK
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Chris Aldred

Pre-requisite(s): None.

The course consists of four main topics, each of which examines current policy and practice and offers historical and socio-cultural perspectives. Topics are:

  • The concept of youth and adolescence

  • Young people: development, transitions and identity

  • Power, participation and justice

  • Inclusion and diversity
  • targeted and universal approaches.

1 full day workshop (1 six-hours)
3 half day workshops (3 three-hours)
1 hr Tutorial support per student

In addition, the facilitation, by the tutor, of ongoing participation in an online learning environment will also have a teaching function.

Multi-media report on a piece of work involving young people which illustrates course topics and includes reflective material on the student's own learning. The report should be equivalent to 3,000 words but include, for example, images and/or other forms of representation

One further resubmission of multi-media report

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Online activities and workshop activities will be formatively assessed and ongoing feedback provided.

Formative feedback may be oral or provided in the online discussion forum. Feedback on the summative assessment will be written, using a feedback form template. Students will be offered an opportunity to discuss the feedback with the tutor.

ED 3091
ADULTS LEARNING
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Chris Aldred

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Experiences of learning
History, culture and politics of adult education
Understanding adult learners
Ideologies of adult education

1 six-hour workshop
3 three-hour workshops
1 one-hour tutorial per student
asynchronous e-learning

Written assignment of 3,000 words.

Due to the nature of the task, with students asked to synthesise an issue, they will be required to submit another written assignment of 3,000 words if they are unsuccessful on first attempt.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Online activities and workshop activities will be formatively assessed and ongoing feedback provided.

Formative feedback may be oral or provided in the online discussion forum. Feedback on the summative assessment will be written, using a feedback form template. Students will be offered an opportunity to discuss the feedback with the tutor.

ED 3092
COMMUNITIES LEARNING
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Chris Aldred

Pre-requisite(s): See below re practice experience.

Note(s): Students are expected to have relevant practice experience.

The course will include an examination of different approaches to work in the community and comunity development with particular reference to different understandings of community. The course will consider the history of different policy approaches with particular reference to those focused on supporting learning in the community, exploring the underpinning values and ideologies.

Through consideration of common discourses of inclusion and empowerment, individuals will be encouraged to explore these notions in relation to their own community or the community in which they work.

Common approaches and skills linked to community work will be examined, including community profiling, networking, sustainability and evaluation.

Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own values and the impact of their work in a community development domain of their choice.

1 six-hour workshop
3 three-hour workshops
1 one-hour tutorial per student
asynchronous e-learning.

A multi -media presentation to include:

  • a critical analysis of a community and the relevant social policy context

  • a proposal for an appropriate collaborative intervention.

Resubmission of failed components within the multi -media presentation.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Online activities and workshop activities will be formatively assessed and ongoing feedback provided.

Formative feedback may be oral or provided in the online discussion forum. Feedback on the summative assessment will be written, using a feedback form template. Students will be offered an opportunity to discuss the feedback with the tutor.

ED 3093
UNDERSTANDING LITERACIES
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Ms A Ackland

Pre-requisite(s): None.

The course will include an examination of different perspectives on literacies, both historical and cultural. It will examine the nature of language and numeracy, exploring their dynamic evolution over time and across cultures. The course will introduce participants to the theory of social practice literacies and examine this critically in the context of current literacies policy and practice.

1 six-hour workshop, 3 three-hour workshops, 2 one-hour tutorial, online asynchronous activities.

1st Attempt: Written assignment of 3,000 words.

Resit: Resubmission of failed components of assignment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Online activities and workshop activities will be formatively assessed and ongoing feedback provided.

Formative feedback may be oral or provided in the online discussion forum. Feedback on the summative assessment will be written, using a feedback form template. Students will be offered an opportunity to discuss the feedback with the tutor.

ED 3094
DEVELOPING LITERACIES
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Ms A Ackland

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): Students must have a relevant practice context either as a volunteer or paid Literacies tutor.

The course will provide participants with the opportunity to develop their understanding of teaching and learning theory in the specific context of literacies. It will examine a range of modes and methods, engaging participants in a critical evaluation of these.

It will examine different approaches to assessment and evaluation in adult learning; their rationale, strengths, weaknesses and practical implications. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the relationship between their own values and experience and current models of literacies learning and teaching.

1 six-hour workshop, 3 three-hour workshops, 2 one-hour tutorial, asynchronous online activities.

1st Attempt: Written assignment of 3,000 words.

Failed components of Written assignment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Ongoing formative assessment will take place of online tasks and collaborative workshop tasks.

Formative feedback may be oral or provided in the online discussion forum. Feedback on the summative assessment will be written, using a feedback form template. Students will be offeredf an opportunity to discuss the feedback with the tutor.

ED 3095
DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN FURTHER EDUCATION
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Y Bain

Pre-requisite(s): All students must satisfy the general entry requirements for the TQFE Programme as specified in the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland's Colleges (2006, 2012) and must be currently employed as a Lecturer.

Note(s): This course is undertaken as a compulsory course for the TQFE award. However, where an individual is employed as an educator in another relevant area, such as staff in a training environment, then this course may be suitable.

  • Learning theories

  • Curriculum contexts including Curriculum for Excellence

  • Planning for learning

  • Strategies to facilitate and support learning in an inclusive environment

  • Selecting and evaluation resources, including ICT for learning

  • Management of learning and learning environments, including positive behaviour strategies

  • Assessing learning and assessment for learning

  • Evidence-based evaluation

  • Promoting enterprising approaches to learning

  • Developing literacy, numeracy and other essential skills for learning, life and work.

  • Meeting the needs of learners

  • Policies in practice

  • Learning from peer observation and peer feedback

  • Learning in an online environment

  • The Digital Practitioner

Online synchronous tutorials supported through Collaborate virtual rooms, regular sessions 2 hours every two weeks for 6 sessions, at a day and time suitable for the participating colleges (12 hours).

Small group tutorial and assessment support (3 thirty minute tutorials).

One-to-one discussion of video snapshot of a lesson (30 minutes).

Tutor observed lesson (1.5 hours).

College co-tutor observed lesson (1.5 hours).

Engaging in collaborative peer-observation activity (3 hours, to be negotiated by the peers)

Asynchronous discussion feedback as part of the e-learning activity experiences

Distance learning materials provided through MyAberdeen for self-study.

Continuous Assessment by means of a digital professional portfolio with the inclusion of:
1. Evidence of addressing a professional challenge (25%):
a. Plan, implement and evaluate a lesson designed to address a personal challenge, which will be peer observed;
b. Peer-observe a colleague's teaching and offer constructive feedback,
c. Provide a reflective commentary (of no more than 1,500 words) of addressing the professional challenge, including personal learning

2. Evidence of addressing the professional standards for Scotland's Lecturers for assessment and engagement with quality standards (25%)

a. Short reflective written commentary on using assessment to improve learning and engaging with quality assurance (1,500 words)

3. Evidence of Professional Practice (25%)

a. Higher education tutor report

b. Co-tutor / college report

c. Teaching experience agreement

4. Evidence of identifying professional development needs (25%)

a. Short reflective commentary (1,500 words) identifying strengths and development in relation to the initial professional standards and moving beyond the initial standards.

A (minimum) pass is required in each of the four sections for the course to be awarded an overall (minimum) pass.

One further resit of any one of the sections that are not deemed satisfactory

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative assessment is built in to the course through for example the responses given to the online activity and in feedback to the collaborative tasks within the course.

Oral feedback will be provided through tutorials and small group discussions. Formal written feedback on the assessed account will be provided on a feedback form and participants will be given the opportunity to discuss this feedback with tutors. Feedback on professional practice is provided orally immediately after lesson observation with written feedback provided, normally, within a week of the observed lesson.

ED 3096
Successful Learners in Further Education
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Yvonne Bain

Pre-requisite(s): All students must satisfy the general entry requirements for the TQFE Programme as specified in the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland?s Colleges (2006, 2012) and must be currently employed as a Lecturer.

Note(s): This course is undertaken as a compulsory course for the TQFE award. However, where an individual is employed as an educator in another relevant area, such as staff in a training environment, then this course may be suitable.

  • Reflective practice

  • Professional identity

  • Professional values and practice

  • Promoting well-being

  • Learner backgrounds and motivation

  • Learner characteristics and needs

  • Adult and young learners

  • Equality and diversity

  • Legislation and policy (eg. accessibility, protection of vulnerable learners, data protection)

  • Guidance and support

  • Inclusive practice

  • Metacognition

  • Academic study skills (eg. identifying and evaluating sources, academic writing, critical reading)

Synchronous online tutorials supported through Collaborate virtual rooms, regular tutorials 2 hours every 2 weeks for 8 tutorials, at a day and time suitable for the participating colleges. (16 hours)

Small group tutorial and assessment support (2 thirty minutes)

One to one discussion and lesson evaluation (30 minutes)

Peer-group collaborative learning activities (13 hours to be negotiated by the group)

Asynchronous discussion and feedback on e-learning activities

Distance learning materials provided through MyAberdeen for self-study

In-course written assessment by means of a 3,000 word account of a class of learners. This will be based on reflections on a minimum of two learning sessions and will draw on appropriate theoretical ideas to support the identification of learners' characteristics and needs and assess the impact of these on successful learning.

One further resit of any one of the sections that are not deemed satisfactory.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Formative assessment is built in to the course through for example the responses given to the online activity and in feedback to the collaborative tasks within the course.

Oral feedback will be provided through tutorials and small group discussions. Formal written feedback on the assessed account will be provided on a feedback form and participants will be given the opportunity to discuss this feedback with tutors.

ED 3504
LIVING, LEARNING AND TEACHING IN COMMUNITIES
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Mrs C McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): As this course forms part of a work-based qualification, required for Registration with the Scottish Social Services Council, students must be employed in a relevant childcare and education setting for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week. The course will continue the professional development of those employed within integrated children's services.

120 credits at at BA Childhood Practice level 7 together with 120 credits at BA Childhood Practice level 8.

Co-requisite(s): Pre-existing childcare and education qualification current practice / employment in a relevant childcare and education setting

This course will enable the student to investigate a wide range of issues to develop knowledge and understanding of the complex interaction between the developing child and their environment. The course will cover:

the importance of understanding the diverse ways in which communities are constituted
the importance of developing grounded knowledge and understanding of a range of social policies
the impact of social policy on the everyday lives of chldren and families
the importance of developing effective interagency communication

This course is taught by distance learning, supported by online materials, peer and tutor support, workshops and self-directed learning tasks.

Written assessment two 3,000 words. Part A and Part B must be completed successfully.

Resubmission of failed components of written assignment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students are required to collaborate online and give formative feedback within their action learnng sets. Tutors also give written formative feedback on Part A of the course assessment, prior to students undertaking Part B.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment, and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within 4 weeks of submission). Feedback can highlight strengths and gives clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face or telephone tutorials can be arranged for students who require additional support.

ED 3505
EFFECTING CHANGE IN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of BA CS Level 2 or equivalent.

The central focus of this course is to utilise new learning to effect change in an Education and Childcare setting. Through investigation of principles of learning across other disciplines and cultures, professional thinking will be challenged. The course will cover:

  • Study of some current research to develop detailed knowledge and understanding of a specialised area of child development and learning.

  • Planning and implementing changes and monitoring and evaluating the impact on children's development and learning.

  • Interrogation of the assumptions underpinning curriculum documentation.

  • Comparative study of own setting and a setting within another sector.

  • Maintenance and development of a professional journal.

This course will be taught by distance learning, supported by on-line materials, peer and tutor workshops and self-directed learning tasks.

1st Attempt: Written assignment 6,000 words.

Resit: Resubmission of written assignments.

ED 3506
MANAGEMENT OF CHANGE
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Mrs C McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): As this course forms part of a work-based qualification, required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council, students must be employed in a relevant childcare and education setting for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week. The course will continue the professional development of those employed within integrated children's services

120 credits at SCQF level 7, together with 120 credits at SCQF level 8

Co-requisite(s): Pre-existing childcare and education qualification current practice / employment in a relevant childcare and education setting.

The course will enable the student to investigate operational and strategic concepts associated with change. The student will also investigate the role of inter-disciplinary approaches within childcare and education settings. The content will cover:

the impact of change
the impact of management style and its effect on the learning environment
the necessary components of a stimulating learning environment to enable the planning of a coherent and progressive programme in relation to current curriculum guidance
comparative study of approaches to develop a broad knowledge of the relevant roles of other professionals
inter-disciplinary collaboration and inclusive practice, including a detailed study of an aspect of inter-disciplinary working relevant to the student's own practice
effective strategies for management of conflict, problem-solving,decision making, team building and working
the creation, development and implementation of a personal action plan

The course will be taught by distance learnng, supported by online materials, peer and tutor supported workshops and self-directed learning tasks. Students are invited to take part in course and programme induction sessions on campus and Network events in the University during the academic year.

Written assessment two 3,000 words. Part A and Part B must be completed successfully.

Resubmission of failed components of written assignment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students are required to collaborate online and give formative feedback within their action learnng sets. Tutors also give written formative feedback on Part A of the course assignment, prior to students undertaking Part B.

In keeping with the School of Education policy on assessment, and in sufficient time for students to be able to improve their work through feedback, detailed written feedback on assessment is provided to students (typically within 4 weeks of submission). Feedback can highlight strengths and gives clear guidelines for improvement. Face to face or telephone tutorials can be arranged for studetns who require additional support.

ED 3509
RESEARCH AND ENQUIRY: INFORMED PERSPECTIVES
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

Pre-requisite(s): Research and Enquiry: Wider Perspectives 2

Co-requisite(s): Successful completion of BACE Level 2 compulsory courses in the three core strands of Child Development and Learning, Child in the Sociocultural Context and The Developing Professional or equievalent in advanced entry.

The focus of this course is to develop research skills through planning and implementing a research study including a search for relevant literature to inform the content and process in a chosen area of practice.

  • Review of research methods and strategies appropriate for small scale research.

  • Identification of a suitable area for research by creating a research question and proposing a suitable design.

  • Discussion of the relevance, validity and reliability of a variety of small case studies.

  • Consideration of the ethics of research and identify appropriate ethical strategies.

  • Implementation of a small scale research study in an area of choice within the early learning environment.

  • Organisation and management of the data collected from the small research study in a relevant and appropriate form.

  • Critical analysis of data from the small scale research in order to draw conclusions.

  • Linking conclusions from findings to appropriate and relevant literature.

  • Evaluation of the research process and the findings from the research in order to reflect on and inform personal and professional practice.

This course will be taught by distance learning, supported by on-line materials, peer and tutor workshops and self directed learning tasks.

The small scale research study will be carried out in participants own professional context with the agreement of the setting manager and where appropriate parent/carers of children attending the setting.

1st Attempt: A research report of 6,000 words written in an appropriate research format.

Resit: Resubmission of the report.

ED 3540
ACTION INQUIRY IN COMMUNITY LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

Pre-requisite(s):

Understanding of research/inquiry and the link to professional practice;
The use of research, role of researcher and stakeholder/ethical issues;
Designing and planning research, participative research approaches, consultation, collaborative inquiry, evaluation;
Data collection methods - paradigms and qualitative theory/methods;
Participatory methods and collaborative inquiry methods;
Data analysis and interpretation - narrative analysis, discourse analysis, grounded theory.
Communicating research to others.

2 six-hour group workshop; three-hour tutorial time. In addition, the facilitation, by the tutor, of ongoing participation in an online learning environment will also have a teaching function.

1st Attempt: Report of a small scale investigation 3,000 words.

Resit: Resubmission of report.

LL 3019
PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN FURTHER EDUCATION
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Y Bain

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 of the BA in Professional Development and who are currently employed in Further Education.

  • Quality standards

  • Policies, systems, discourse

  • Systems theory

  • Stakeholders

  • Ethics

  • Guidance

  • Working with colleagues

  • Responsibilities

  • Self-evaluation

Distance learning materials (either paper-based or online) with support arrangements as negotiated with FE colleges. For example, model with face-to-face support: one 5½-hour workshop per class group, three 2½-hour workshops per class group, 2 half-hour tutorial per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: Personal Development Plan (100%).

Students will take responsibility for creating a personal development plan, which demonstrates development of their professional identity in FE. The plan will be concerned with managing self, self in relation to facilitating students, self in organisational context, self and external influences.

Resit: Personal Development Plan (100%).

Students will take responsibility for creating a personal development plan, which demonstrates development of their professional identity in FE. The plan will be concerned with managing self, self in relation to facilitating students, self in organisational context, self and external influences.

LL 3020
FACILITATING LEARNING IN FURTHER EDUCATION
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Carole Gordon

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 of the BA in Professional Development and who are currently employed in Further Education.

  • Learning theories

  • Planning

  • Learning activities

  • Strategies to facilitate and support learning

  • Resources

  • Management, including behaviour

  • Assessing

  • Evaluation

Distance learning materials (either paper-based or online) with support arrangements as negotiated with FE colleges.

For example, model with face-to-face support: One 5½-hour workshop per class group, three 2½-hour workshops per class group, 2 half-hour tutorial per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: Continuous Assessment (100%).
Students will take responsibility for creating a personal development plan, which demonstrates development of their professional identity in FE. The plan will be concerned with managing self, self in relation to facilitating students, self in organisational context, self and external influences.

Components of the portfolio:
- Annotated Lesson Plan and Learning Resource(s)
- Evaluation
- Reflective Comment.

Resit: Continuous Assessment (100%).
Students will take responsibility for creating a personal development plan, which demonstrates development of their professional identity in FE. The plan will be concerned with managing self, self in relation to facilitating students, self in organisational context, self and external influences.

Components of the portfolio:
- Annotated Lesson Plan and Learning Resource(s)
- Evaluation
- Reflective Comment.

LL 3021
TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN FURTHER EDUCATION
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Y Bain

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 of the BA in Professional Development and who are currently employed in Further Education.

This course covers the application in practice of relevant Initial Professional Standards for Lecturers in Further Education.

Distance learning materials (either paper-based or online) with support arrangements as negotiated with FE colleges.

1st Attempt: Continuous Assessment (100%).

Students will take responsibility for compiling a portfolio of evidence of current teaching competence in FE.

Components of the portfolio are:
- 1 Observation of Teaching by University staff
- 1 Observation of Teaching by FE College Co-tutor
- 1 College Report by Line Manager
- Teaching Log
- Teaching Experience Agreement

Students must pass all components to pass the course.

Resit: Continuous Assessment (100%).

Students will take responsibility for compiling a portfolio of evidence of current teaching competence in FE.

Components of the portfolio are:
- 1 Observation of Teaching by University staff
- 1 Observation of Teaching by FE College Co-tutor
- 1 College Report by Line Manager
- Teaching Log
- Teaching Experience Agreement

Students must pass all components to pass the course.

LL 3022
UNDERSTANDING LEARNERS IN FURTHER EDUCATION
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Y Bain

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 of the BA in Professional Development and who are currently employed in Further Education.

The core component of the new initial professional standards is the importance of the learner in FE. This course focuses on providing the participant with an understanding of the diverse needs of learners and theories with underpin their learning. Additionally, this course will explore the identity of the FE lecturer and introduce ideas of reflective practice.

  • Professional identity

  • Ideologies

  • Reflection

  • Self-evaluation

  • Models of professional development

  • Learners and learner needs

  • Diversity/inclusiveness

  • Learner theories

Distance learning materials (either paper-based or online) with support arrangements as negotiated with FE colleges.
For example, model with face-to-face support: One 5½-hour workshop per class group, three 2½-hour workshops per class group, 2 half-hour tutorial per pair/small group.

1st Attempt: Continuous Assessment (100%).

Students will take responsibility for creating a portfolio that demonstrates informed analysis of learners and their needs, including themselves in different learning situations.

Components:
- Reflections on Me as a Learner
- Case Study of Other Learners.

Resit: Continuous assessment (100%).

Students will take responsibility for creating a portfolio that demonstrates informed analysis of learners and their needs, including themselves in different learning situations.

Components:
- Reflections on Me as a Learner
- Case Study of Other Learners.

LL 3023
EXPANDING OUR REPERTOIRE: ADULT LITERACIES
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in programme year 3 on the BA in Professional Development, and on the TQAL programme, and who are currently engaged as adult literacies tutors.

Literacy and numeracy as complex capabilities
Terminologies for metapractice: linguistic and mathematical concepts and terms; educational and assessment concepts and terms
Different organisational models of learning and teaching in adult literacies - one to one, pair work, group work, integrated literacies, distance learning
Group working processes and approaches
Teaching and learning strategies for reading, writing, oracy, number use, interpreting numerical and graphic information.
Strategies to develop metacognition
Sources of ideas and resources for learning and teaching
Assessment strategies for monitoring and supporting learning and for accreditaion
Action research for professional development

This module will address the following areas for the TQAL Benchmark Statements:
3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%).
Action research project report (4,000 words)
Practice: Portfolio of practice resources, including assessment tools; 3 extracts from practice diary (250-500 words each); Practice tutor report of observed practice using observation report template.

Resit: Continuous assessment (100%).
Action research project report (4,000 words)
Practice: Portfolio of practice resources, including assessment tools; 3 extracts from practice diary (250-500 words each); Practice tutor report of observed practice using observation report template.

LL 3024
LEARNING WORLDS: ADULT LITERACIES
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in programme year 3 on the BA in Professional Development, and on the TQAL programme, and who are currently engaged as adult literacies tutors.

Definitions of literacies in different historical periods and different cultural contexts.
Philosophical and sociological theories of education
Histories of education for literacies
Contemporary international political contexts and discourses of adult literacies - comparing Scottish policy with other political responses.
The New Literacies Studies and literacies as social practice
The ethnographic method of investigating social practice
Ideologies for practice.

This module will address the following areas of the TQAL Benchmark Statements:
1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%)
A critical essay (3,000 words)
Practice: Presentation of a limited ethnographic investigation of local literacies
3 extracts from practice diary (250-500 words each); Analysis of observed practice using observation report template.

Resit: Continuous assessment (100%)
A critical essay (3,000 words)
Practice: Presentation of a limited ethnographic investigation of local literacies
3 extracts from practice diary (250-500 words each); Analysis of observed practice using observation report template.

LL 3025
THE ENABLING NET: ADULT LITERACIES
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in programme year 3 on the BA in Professional Development, and on the TQAL programme, and who are currently engaged as adult literacies tutors.

The comtemporary adult literacies field - multiple agencies and their roles and remits.
Community development processes and their relationship to adult literacies
Policies and practices of interagency working in adult literacies
Models of and issues of partnership working
Learners as partners - issues and approaches
Guidance for ongoing learning and progression
Strategies for training and working with tutor assistants
Practioner research methodologies

This module will address the following areas of the TQAL Benchmark Statements:
3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%)
Small scale research project report (4,000 words);
Practice: ICT too adapted and employed for use with learners; 3 extracts from practice diary (250-500 words each); HE/FE tutor report of observed practice using observation report template.

Resit: Continuous assessment (100%)
Small scale research project report (4,000 words);
Practice: ICT too adapted and employed for use with learners; 3 extracts from practice diary (250-500 words each); HE/FE tutor report of observed practice using observation report template.

LL 3026
MAKING MENTAL MODELS: ADULT LITERACIES
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Ms A Ackland

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in programme year 3 on the BA in Professional Development, and on the TQAL programme, and who are currently engaged as adult literacies tutors.

Adult learning theories, including psychological theories of learning and learners
Discourses of adult learning, including three phases of discourse of lifelong learning
The social nature of the relationship between individuals, groups and social institutions
Social diversity and inequally in learners and learner needs
Barriers to participation
Recognising literacies' uses of literacies and their existing skills, knowledge and understanding
Comparison of informal and formal learning processes
The role of self-evaluation and reflection in learning
Professional identity, including narratives of professionalism
Models and processes of professional development

This module will address the following areas of the TQAL Benchmark Statements:
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 4.3, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%)
1 x case study (1,000 words); 1 x professional portrait and development plan (2,000 words);
Practice: 3 x learner Individual Learning Plans (ILPs); 3 x extracts from practice diary (250-500 words each); Analysis of observed practice using observation report template.

Resit: Continuous assessment (100%)
1 x case study (1,000 words); 1 x professional portrait and development plan (2,000 words);
Practice: 3 x learner Individual Learning Plans (ILPs); 3 x extracts from practice diary (250-500 words each); Analysis of observed practice using observation report template.

LL 3058
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Y Bain

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 on the BA in Professional Development.

The BA in Professional Development has been designed to promote more effective practice with reflective inquiry as the key approach towards achieving this goal through the revision and reconstruction of practice. The philosophy and processes of the programme are made explicit at the beginning of each level of the programme. A prominent place is given to critical analysis of the model of the reflective practitioner.

Participants are not only encouraged to appreciate the significance of reflective practice but also they are encouraged to exercise and develop skills in the processes of reflection and their application in each participants’ professional practice, taking account of the social learning context. The course seeks to build upon existing professional values, knowledge and skills but expects that professionals accept responsibility for the ongoing development of their professional field.

The course provides the opportunity for personal and professional development planning.

Standard delivery model – Mixed mode – Face-to-face – 1 six-hour workshop, 3 three-hour seminars, 3 one-hour tutorials + distance learning. Full face-to-face OR full open/distance learning delivery modes can be made available to suit needs of student or sponsor.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100%).

Resit: Re-submission of in-course assignment and examination.

LL 3059
PROFESSIONAL PROJECT 3
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Y Bain

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 on the BA in Professional Development.

The content of the professional project is determined by the individual participant with support from tutors. Guidance is, however, provided on:

  • identifying an area of interest;

  • clarifying the purpose of the project and research features;

  • formulating an action plan;

  • gathering information;

  • analysing and interpreting data and outcomes;

  • report writing.


Standard delivery model – Mixed mode – Face-to-face – 2 six-hour workshops, 6 three-hour seminars, 4 one-hour tutorials + distance learning. Full distance learning delivery modes can be made available if numbers are viable and more/less face-to-face can be provided where participants are in a viable cohort size to suit needs of the group/sponsoring organisation.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100%).

Resit: Re-submission of in-course assignment and examination.

LL 3060
ACTION INQUIRY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Y Bain

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 on the BA in Professional Development.

Distinctions between different approaches to practice research and evaluation.

Introduction to post-positivist approaches to small-scale qualitative inquiry.

Ethical research practice.

Research processes – research questions, methodology/methods/analysis and interpretation.

Analysis and interpretation of findings.

Research minded practice.

Standard delivery model – Mixed mode – Face-to-face – 1 six-hour workshop, 3 three-hour seminars, 3 one-hour tutorials + distance learning. Full face-to-face OR full open/distance learning delivery modes can be made available to suit needs of student or sponsor.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100%).

Resit: Re-submission of in-course assignment and examination.

LL 3061
NEGOTIATED INDEPENDENT STUDY 3
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Y Bain

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 on the BA in Professional Development.

Content is determined by the student in negotiation with the course tutor. A learning contract is developed. This emerges from dialogue between the course participant and the course tutor.

The contract includes learning outcomes negotiated between student and course tutor.

Standard delivery model – Mixed mode – Face-to-face – 1 six-hour workshop, 3 three-hour seminars, 3 one-hour tutorials + distance learning. Full face-to-face OR full open/distance learning delivery modes can be made available to suit needs of student or sponsor.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100%).

Resit: Re-submission of in-course assignment and examination.

LL 3064
SELF MANAGEMENT & PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS 3
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Y Bain

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 on the BA in Professional Development who have passed Self-Management & Personal Effectiveness 2.

Self analysis – each student is encouraged to demonstrate willingness and ability to investigate and analyse their existing levels of personal effectiveness in practice using a combination of diagnostic instruments; reflection based on new learning from the course; and feedback from others.

At the outset participants will be introduced to the principles that underpin the module, including its reflective and active learning philosophy. Thereafter the course content will be built around the following topics:

  • Developing self-awareness – Using diagnostic instruments, feedback from mentors and own judgement in reaching accurate self evaluation; self disclosure, personal values, learning styles, attitudes towards change, and interpersonal orientation.

  • Managing Stress – Understanding stress; strategies for eliminating stressors, building resilience, and short-term coping.

  • Effective Problem Solving – Rational approaches, creative approaches, barriers to effective problem solving, and fostering innovation in others.

  • Interpersonal Skills – Communicating supportively, gaining power and influence, motivating others, managing conflict, empowering and delegating.


Standard delivery model – Mixed mode – Face-to-face – 1 six-hour workshop, 3 three-hour seminars, 3 one-hour tutorials + distance learning. More face-to-face OR more open/distance learning delivery modes can be made available to suit needs of student or sponsor given viable cohort size.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100%).

Resit: Re-submission of in-course assignment and examination.

LL 3065
CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT (2)
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Sarah Kearns

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to practitioners who hold a relevant professional qualification, who are nominated by their employing agency.

Course content will include:

  • knowledge of roles and responsibilities within legal and policy frameworks and balancing children's rights; parental responsibilities; duties and powers of agencies

  • use of the law and local Child Protection Guidelines to inform practice

  • examination of local arrangements for reporting abuse and roles within these

  • interprofessional and interagency collaboration and communication

  • communication with children, carers and professionals

  • consideration of roles and responsibilities

  • recognition of signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect

  • consideration of a range of definitions of abuse

  • identification of barriers to recognition of abuse from personal, professional, interprofessional, institutional standpoints

  • examination of personal and professional value bases and their influence on decision making.

Face-to-face - 10 one-hour lectures; 19 two-hour seminars; 2 one-hour tutorials.

Mixed mode OR more open/distance learning delivery models can be made available to suit needs of students or sponsor given viable cohort size.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100%).

Resit: Re-submission of in-course assignment and examination.

LL 3071
ADULTS LEARNING
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 on the BA in Professional Development.

Experiences of Learning – This encourages participants to look at their own experience of learning in order to begin to explore the values they hold, subjecting them to critical analysis and looks at definitions of adult education.

History, culture and politics of adult education – The context of adult education has been characterised over the years by changes and movements. An exploration of history, culture and politics contributes to understanding of the current character of adult education.

Understanding adult learners – This focuses on the learner and his/her motivation for learning and how his/her character and experience might be important to the learning experience.

Expanding Ideology – This assists participants to learn from the experiences of the course and to look to the future for the participants as both the learner and an educator of adults.

Standard delivery model – Mixed mode – Face-to-face – 1 six-hour workshop, 3 three-hour seminars, 3 one-hour tutorials + distance learning. More face-to-face OR more open/distance learning delivery modes can be made available to suit needs of student or sponsor given a viable cohort size.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100%).

Resit: Re-submission of in-course assignment and examination.

LL 3072
DESIGNING & IMPLEMENTING LEARNING FOR ADULTS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 on the BA in Professional Development.

The course explores common educational approaches in a practical context. This includes for example andragogy, learning styles, constructivism, learning careers, situated learning, coaching, informal learning.

Participants are encouraged to view the educational process as a multi-layered activity which brings together sociological forces that shape education, educational theory, curriculum and practice.

Common educational interventions will be introduced and practised, linking these to identified needs.

The training cycle used to design, implement and evaluate training programmes will frame the course introducing participants to training needs analysis, goal/objective setting/implementation and evaluation.

Standard delivery model – Mixed mode – Face-to-face – 1 six-hour workshop, 3 three-hour seminars, 3 one-hour tutorials + distance learning. More face-to-face OR more open/distance learning delivery modes can be made available to suit needs of student or sponsor given a viable cohort size.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100%).

Resit: Re-submission of in-course assignment and examination.

LL 3073
COMMUNITIES LEARNING
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 on the BA in Professional Development.

The course will include an examination of different approaches to work in the community and community development with particular reference to different understandings of community. The course will consider the history of different government approaches to community empowerment and inclusion with particular reference to these in an educational context and supporting learning in the community. The underpinning values and principles will be explored.

Through consideration of common discourses of inclusion and empowerment, individuals will be encouraged to explore these notions in their own community or a community in which they work.

Common approaches and skills linked to community work will be introduced including community profiling, networking/partnership, progression and sustainability and evaluation.

The course aims to provide individuals with an opportunity to develop practical skills to support community work. This will include developing small-scale community profiles and the communication and networking skills linked to community development. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own values and the impact of their work in a community development domain of their choice.

Standard delivery model – Mixed mode – Face-to-face – 1 six-hour workshop, 3 three-hour seminars, 3 one-hour tutorials + distance learning. More face-to-face OR more open/distance learning delivery modes can be made available to suit needs of student or sponsor given a viable cohort size.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100%).

Resit: Re-submission of in-course assignment and examination.

LL 3074
COMMUNITY WORK & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 of the BA in Professional Development.

Defining community and related ideas and terms.

Identifying community work processes and good practice, including tools for change.

Networking, empowerment and inclusion.

Evaluating good community practice.

Standard delivery model – Mixed mode – Face-to-face – 1 six-hour workshop, 3 three-hour seminars, 3 one-hour tutorials + distance learning. More face-to-face OR more open/distance learning delivery modes can be made available to suit needs of student or sponsor given a viable cohort size.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100%).

Resit: Re-submission of in-course assignment and examination.

LL 3084
THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES TO WORKING WITH FAMILIES
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Sarah Kearns

Pre-requisite(s): Certificate Level Qualification in related practice (SCQF 9) or appropriate evidence of prior learning.

Co-requisite(s): Current experience of direct work with families.

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  • Key elements of reflective practice, including opportunities to update knowledge base and critically evaluate current research.

  • Personal and professional values, ethical debates and inter-professional tensions.

  • Key policy and professional discourses, including family support, family systems, family health and family learning.

  • Models of assessment and intervention, including a range of family therapy models.

  • The interface between professional roles in the multi-disciplinary team.

  • Opportunities for skill development.
  • 1st Attempt: Continous Assessment (100%).
    Reflective account (3,000 words) of the candidate's work with a family, evidencing self-reflexivity and taking account of research findings and current theoretical base.

    Resit: Continous Assessment (100%).
    Reflective account (3,000 words) of the candidate's work with a family, evidencing self-reflexivity and taking account of research findings and current theoretical base.

    LL 3085
    WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
    CREDIT POINTS 15

    Course Co-ordinator: Sarah Kearns

    Pre-requisite(s): Certificate Level Qualification in related practice (SCQF 7) or appropriate evidence of prior learning.

    Co-requisite(s): Current experience of direct work with children and young people.

    • Key elements of reflective practice, including opportunities to update knowledge base and critically evaluate current research.

    • Personal and professional values, ethical debates and inter-professional tensions.

    • Key professional and policy discourses, including children's rights, partnership, the interface between care and protection.

    • Models of assessment and interventions, including theories of attachment and resilience.

    • Key ares of vulnerability and their impact on children's behaviour.

    • The interface between professional roles in the multi-disciplinary team.

    1st Attempt: Continous Assessment (100%).
    Reflective Account (3,000 words) of the candidate's work with a child, young person, or group, evidencing self-reflexivity and taking account of research findings and current theoretical base.

    Resit: Continous Assessment (100%).
    Reflective Account (3,000 words) of the candidate's work with a child, young person, or group, evidencing self-reflexivity and taking account of research findings and current theoretical base.

    LL 3093
    UNDERSTANDING LITERACIES
    CREDIT POINTS 15

    Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

    Pre-requisite(s): None

    The course will include an examination of different perspectives on literacies, both historical and cultural. It will examine the nature of language and numeracy, exploring their dynamic evolution over time and across cultures. The course will introduce participants to the theory of social practice literacies and examine this critically in the context of current literacies policy and practice.

    1 six-hour workshop, 3 three-hour workshops, 2 one-hour tutorial.

    1st attempt: Written assignment of 3,000 words (100%).

    LL 3094
    DEVELOPING LITERACIES
    CREDIT POINTS 15

    Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

    Pre-requisite(s): None.

    The course will provide participants with the opportunity to develop their understanding of teaching and learning theory in the specific context of literacies. It will examine a range of modes and methods, engaging participants in a critical evaluation of these.

    It will examine different approaches to assessment and evaluation in adult learning; their rationale, strengths, weaknesses and practical implications. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the relationship between their own values and experience and current models of literacies learning and teaching.

    1 six-hour workshop, 3 three-hour workshops, 2 one-hour tutorial.

    1st attempt: Written assignment of 3,000 words (100%).

     

    > Level 4

    PLEASE NOTE: Resit: (for Honours students only): Candidates achieving a CAS mark of 6-8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit themselves for re-assessment and should contact the Course Co-ordinator for further details.

    ED 4015
    SCHOOL EXPERIENCE PROJECT
    CREDIT POINTS 15

    Course Co-ordinator: Jan Skakle

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to year 4 students.

    Note(s): Available to students taking Education-Physics

    This course involes the consideration of important concepts in a well-defined area of Physics and how these concepts can be presented as part of secondary school Physics teaching. The project will involve the preparation of appropriate teaching material and the presentation of this material at a school. The presentation will normally articulate with the School Experience course.

    1 one-hour project guidance session per week.

    1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100%).

    Resit: No resit available.

    ED 4017
    LEARNING AND TEACHING: SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY 2
    CREDIT POINTS 60

    Course Co-ordinator: Jackie Stewart

    Pre-requisite(s): This course is restricted to BEd (Hons) Primary Year 4 students who have successfully completed compulsory courses ED 3004 and ED 3005 securing 360 credit points. PVG Scheme clearance. Adequate attendance and completion of campus based coursework in interconnected course 'Learning and Teaching: The Emerging Professional 2'.

    This course further supports students' transition and development as teachers of young learners in the context of school and community. Through two extended blocks of immersion experience, students will begin with an investigative focus on class organisation and management, then pull together professional knowledge, understanding, skills and values to support design and implementation of a cohesive programme of learning and teaching for a sustained period. Supported by university and school mentors, students will move from team teaching to full and independent responsibility in the role of class teacher.

    Where possible collegiate working with interdisciplinary teams, the implementation of a leadership role and actively seeking to establish partnership with parents will afford students the opportunity to broaden experience of teacher roles and responsibilities.

    1 four week block at the beginning of the school term.
    1 ten week block in the Spring Term with a visit to a secondary school.
    Focus middle and upper primary.

    1st Attempt: Continuous assessment on evaluation of fieldwork a) observation of practice b) portfolio of evidence (100%).

    Resit: Repeat of failed element/elements
    Replace second failed observation of practice/portfolio of evidence (with written assignment (Exit non BEd Honours).

    ED 4018
    LEARNING AND TEACHING IN SCHOOLS: BEGINNING TO TEACH
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Leigh Bjorkvoll

    Pre-requisite(s): Only available to students undertaking the PGDE programme.

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake School Experience 1 course.

    Note(s): Students must satisfy the entry requirements as set out on the Memorandum on Entry to the Teaching Profession (SEED) and have satisfied the selection processes determined by the School of Education.

    • How Students Learn

    • How Children Learn

    • Legislative Frameworks for Scottish Education (including Social Justice and Child Protection)

    • Exploring Difference

    • An Inclusive Approach to Supporting Learning

    • Assessment for and of Learning

    • Scottish Curricula

    • Exploring learning through the Primary / Secondary curriculum

    • The Reflective Practitioner

    • Professional Focus (options relevant to current developments in education)

    1st Attempt: One summative assessment in-course paper of 5,000 words "How Children Learn and How we Know They Are Learning"

    Resit: One resubmission of the above paper

    ED 4019
    SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 1: BEGINNING TO TEACH
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Leigh Bjorkvoll

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students on the PGDE Programme.

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake Learning and Teaching in Schools: Beginning to Teach.

    Note(s): PVG Scheme checking to be undertaken for Child Protection purposes.

    The course is split as follows to allow for consolidation on campus between each part:

    • Observation for 1 week;

    • 'Beginning to Teach' for 4 weeks

    • Developing Teaching for 4 weeks

    Students will begin to develop teaching practice and wider aspects of School Experience.

    Classroom Practice is normally carried out in each of the subjects being taken, with each subject normally playing an equal part. It is expected that students will undertake approximately 60% of a full-time equivalent teaching timetable.

    School Based Study includes a programme of Wider Aspects of School and School Based Study Tasks which follow up topics introduced in the LTS course during semester I.

    300 hours notional student effort fieldwork (full-time in a school).

    1st Attempt: Summative tutor observed lesson in each of the four week blocks, and a school report from each of the four week blocks.

    ED 4020
    SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 1: THE MIDDLE AND UPPER STAGES
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Leigh Bjorkvoll

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students on the PGDE Programme.

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake Learning and Teaching in Schools: Beginning to Teach

    Note(s): PVG Scheme checking to be undertaken for Child Protection purposes.

    The course is split as follows to allow for consolidation on campus between each part:

    • Observation for 1 week;

    • 'Beginning to Teach' for 4 weeks

    • 'Developing Teaching' for 4 weeks

    Focussing on middle and upper stages, students will begin to develop teaching practice and investigate wider aspects of School Experience. In the first four week block, students will be expected to take full continuous responsibility for their class for two days and in the second block for five days.

    Classroom Practice is normally carried out in middle and upper stages, with each stage playing an equal part.

    School Based Study includes a programme of Wider Aspects of School and School Based Study Tasks which follow up topics introduced in the LTS course during semester 1.

    300 hours notional student effort fieldwork (full-time in a school).

    1st Attempt: Summative tutor observed lesson in each of the four week blocks, and a school report from each of the four week blocks.

    ED 4021
    SCHOOL EXPERIENCE : NURSERY AND EARLY STAGES (PGDE PTDL)
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Jim McCracken

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students on the PGDE PT DL programme for Primary education.

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake Learning to Teach in Schools 2: The Developing Teacher (PGDE PTDL).

    Note(s): PVG Scheme checking to be undertaken for Child Protection purposes.

  • Developing teaching (Block A - 4 weeks)

  • Transition to teaching (Block B - 5 weeks)

  • For primary, this focuses on the Nursery and Early stages. In nursery build up to taking full responsibility for the pre-school context, equivalent to the role of the pre-school teacher, for five days. In Early stages, plan and manage ten full days of continuous responsibility. During periods of continuous responsibility and in collaboration with the class teacher, implement and evaluate programmes of learning in Mathematics, English Language, RME, Environmental Studies, PSD and Expressive Arts, with appropriate differentiation to meet the needs of individual pupils.

    School based study includes a programme of Wider Aspects of School and School Based Enquiry Tasks which follow up aspects of the campus based professional studies programme.

    300 notional hours student effort fieldwork (full-time in school).

    1st Attempt: Summative tutor observed in Block A and a school report from the overall placement (100%).

    Resit: Summative tutor observed lesson in Block B where cause for concern expressed by the school in/after Block A or where student failed tutor visit in Block A. Where a student fails this placement and with the agreement of the Board of Examiners, the student may be offered an opportunity of a resit placement in the subsequent September.

    ED 4022
    SCHOOL EXPERIENCE : MIDDLE AND UPPER STAGES (PGDE PTDL)
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Jim McCracken

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students on Year 1 of the Primary Education PGDE PT DL programme.

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake Learning to Teach in Schools 1: The Beginning Teacher (PGDE PT DL).

    Note(s): PVG Scheme checking to be undertaken for Child Protection purposes.

    • Observation and beginning to teach (Block A 4 weeks)

    • Developing Teaching (Block B 5 weeks)
    .
    In primary, this focuses on the Middle and Upper stages. In the first four week block students will be expected to take full continuous responsibility for their class for two days and in the second block for five days.

    School based study includes a programme of Wider Aspects of School and School Based Enquiry Tasks which follow up aspects of the campus based professional studies programme.

    300 notional hours student effort fieldwork (full time in school).

    1st Attempt: Summative tutor observed lesson in Block A and a school report from the overall placement.

    Resit: Summative tutor observed lesson in Block B where cause for concern expressed by the school in/after Block A or where student failed tutor visit in Block A.

    ED 4030
    BROADENING PROFESSIONAL BOUNDARIES
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

    Pre-requisite(s): None

    Varying definitions of community work and community development
    Competing theoretical perspectives, aims and objectives and their link to context
    Current and recurrent debates and discourse
    Examples of practice from a range of international contexts
    Evaluation of the relevance of differing strategies for contemporary and local contexts
    'Glocalisation' in relation to community work and community development practice.
    Interactive enquiry with a peer student or worker in another country

    Indicative reading:

    • Community Development in Theory and Practice: an International Reader; Craig, Gary; Popple, Keith; Shaw, Mae. (2008)

    • Social Capital, Lifelong Learning and the Management of Place: an International Perspective: Osborne, Michael; Sankey, Kate; Wilson, Bruce. (2007)

    Eighteen-hours group face to face contact; thirty two-hours online group contact.

    1st Attempt: The assessment is in 2 parts:

    1. Multi media presentation to be delivered to and evaluated by peers/tutors

    2. E-journal reflecting on the dialogue with a peer in a different international setting.

    • Each of two parts is worth 50%

    • The assessment process for the multi media presentation will be collaborative and include the use of peer feedback and assessment. Peer assessment will inform but not determine the final assessment decision to be made by the tutor.

    Both parts must achieve a pass mark. If either part is given a fail mark, a resubmission will be necessary. Where only one part is a fail mark, only that part of the assignment need to be resubmitted.
    The CAS marks allocated to each element will be added together and then divided in two to give a final course mark on the CAS scale.
    Electronically saved data - on CD Rom or other electronic format - will be available for the external examiner.

    Resit: Resubmission as above of part, or parts which have failed.

    Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

    ED 4031
    PROFESSIONAL INQUIRY IN CLD
    CREDIT POINTS 60

    Course Co-ordinator: Chris Aldred

    Pre-requisite(s): Satisfactory completion of UG 3/ SCQF level 9 of the degree programme.

    Co-requisite(s): Practice opportunities via work (paid or unpaid) in Community Learning and Development.

    Identifying research problems and research questions;
    Research design and the link between philosophies and methodology (empirical and mixed methods research approaches);
    Methodologies and methods in quantitative and mixed methods research;
    Revision of qualitative methodologies and methods;
    Data analysis including use of databases and software including SPSS and qualitative software (eg.NVivo);
    Interpretation of data;
    Communication of findings;
    Linking findings to professional practice and implementing change.

    3 full day workshops; tutorial support of 10 hours; monitored use of the Virtual Learning Environment 275 hours, self study 300 hours.

    1st Attempt: Written research report of 10,000 words.

    Students will only need to resit failed elements of the assessment.

    Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

    Monitored use of the Virtual Learning Environment will provide an opportuntiy for peer feedback and feedback from the tutor at various stages of the research, specifically as the literature is reviewed, the proposal is developed, as the research method is piloted and as data is analysed.

    Formative feedback will be provided electronically, supported by tutorial discussions face to face or online.

    ED 4032
    EXTENDED PROFESSIONALISM
    CREDIT POINTS 15

    Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

    Pre-requisite(s): None

    Changing models of continuing professional development
    Changing models of professionalism
    The shift from reflection of reflexivity
    Activist Professionalism
    Communities of practice and brokers
    Networks and social capital
    Leadership in professional settings - alternative models
    The role of Collaborative Action Enquiry in practice development
    Professional ethics and ethical thinking

    Indicative reading
    Judyth Sachs (2000) The Activist Professional
    Herrington, M. (2005) A Longitudinal Research and Practice Case Study in Professional Development
    Banks, S (2004) Ethics, Accountability and the Social Prefessions, Basingstoke Palgrave MacMillan

    4 three-hour face to face workshops
    4 one-hour online tutorial

    1st Attempt: Multi-media professional portrait - 'Myself as an Activist Professional' - equivalent to 3,000 words but to include images and other forms of representation.

    Resit: Resubmission of multi-media portrait.

    Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

    ED 4052
    LEARNING AND TEACHING: THE EMERGING PROFESSIONAL 2
    CREDIT POINTS 60

    Course Co-ordinator: Carol Strang

    Pre-requisite(s): This course is restricted to BEd (Hons) Primary Year 4 students who have successfully completed compulsory courses ED 3044, ED 3005 securing 360 credit points.

    Building on effective learning and teaching from years 1, 2 and 3 looking towards their entry to the profession, and continuing development, this course will engage students in:

    • Analysis and synthesis of curricular contexts.

    • Application of knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to professional practice.

    • Development of extended capability to plan for effective short medium and long term learning experiences, management and organisation of learning, pupil support and assessment.

    • Design, and evaluation of meaningful and contextualised learning and teaching experiences.

    • Application of the cyclical process of reflection, evaluation, target setting and planned action for improvement.

    • Extended development of effective pedagogical enquiry and research skills.

    • Enhancement of knowledge, skills and dispositions, empowering them to become effective developing professionals.

    • Exploration of processes to support the application of strategies to promote pupil learning gains in the interconnected course 'Learning and Teaching: School and Community 2'.

    • Exploration of values which embrace educational inclusion and social justice in raising pupil gains.

    24 one-hour lectures, 24 two-hour workshops, 20 one-hour tutorials, 14 two-hour seminars.

    1st Attempt: continuous assessment (100%) which includes curriculum assignment, presentation, research paper & professional development assignment.

    Resit: 1 two-hour examination, element/s of continuous assessment. Failed element/s of continuous assessment will be resubmitted.

    ED 4073
    SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 1: BEGINNING TO TEACH (PGDE PTDL)
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Jim McCracken

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students on the PGDE PT DL programmes for Secondary Education. Before admission to the course, students must have met the GTCS general prerequisites (H English, interview and PVG Scheme check) as well as the Scottish Government's specific credit prerequisites for teaching their subject in a secondary school.

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertaken Learning and Teaching in Schools 1: Beginning to Teach (PGDE PTDL).

    Note(s): PVG Scheme checking to be undertaken for Child Protection purposes.

    The course is split as follows to allow for consolidation on campus between each part:

    • Observation and 'Beginning to Teach' for 4 weeks

    • Developing Teaching for 5 weeks
    .
    Students will begin to develop teaching practice and wider aspects of School Experience.

    Classroom Practice is normally carried out in each of the subjects being taken, with each subject normally playing an equal part. It is expected that students will undertake approximately 60% of a full-time equivalent teaching timetable.

    School Based Study includes a programme of Wider Aspects of School and School Based Enquiry Tasks which follow up topics introduced in the LTS course during the session.

    300 hours notional student effort fieldwork (full-time in a school).

    1st Attempt: Summative tutor observed lesson normally in the first four week block, and a school report at the end of the 9 week SE block.

    Resit: Summative tutor observed lesson in Block B where cause for concern expressed by the school in/after Block A or where student failed tutor visit in Block A.

    ED 4075
    LEARNING TO TEACH IN SCHOOLS 1: THE BEGINNING TEACHER (PGDE PT DL)
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Jim McCracken

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students undertaking year 1 of PGDE PT DL programme.

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake School Experience 1: Middle and Upper Stages (PT DL) or School Experience 1; Beginning to Teach (PT DL) as appropriate for Primary or Secondary teaching.

    Note(s): Students must have satisfied the entry requirements as set out in the Memorandum on Entry to the Teaching Profession in Scotland (SEED) and have satisfied the selection processes determined by the School of Education before embarking on this course.

    • How students learn

    • How children learn

    • Legislative frameworks for Scottish education (including social justice and child protection)

    • Explore difference

    • An inclusive approach to supporting learning

    • Assessment for and of learning

    • Scottish curricula

    • Exploring learning through the Primary/Secondary curriculum

    • The Reflective practitioner

    Teaching through a mix of collaborative online and occasional face to face delivery for the two main areas of professional studies and learning through the curriculum (Primary or Secondary).

    1st Attempt: One summative assessment in course paper on learning, teaching and assessment in theory and practice (5,000 words) (100%).

    Resit: Resubmission of the above paper (100%). (Modified submission).

    ED 4076
    LEARNING TO TEACH IN SCHOOLS 2: THE DEVELOPING TEACHER (PGDE PT DL)
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Jim McCracken

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students undertaking Year 2 Part time Distance Learning PGDE. Students must already have completed School Experience 1 Nursery and Early Stages (PT DL) or Beginning to teach (PT DL) as appropriate for primary or secondary teaching and Learning to Teach in Schools 1: The Beginning Teacher (PT DL).

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake School Experience 2: Nursery and Early Stages (PT DL) for primary or School Experience 2: Transition to Teaching (PT DL) for secondary.

    Note(s): Students must have satisfied the entry requirements as set out in the Memorandum on Entry to the Teaching Profession in Scotland (SEED) and have satisfied the selection processes determined by the School of Education before entry to Year 1.

    • Further exploration of supporting learners and learning

    • Deepening understanding of learning through the Primary/Secondary curriculum

    • Developing inclusive practice

    • Creating an inclusive learning environment

    • Reflecting on practice and an area of further professional study

    • Current issues in Scottish Education

    • Continuing professional development: Induction year and Beyond

    • Further professional study of an option relevant to current educational developments

    Teaching through a mix of collaborative online and occasional face to face delivery for the two main areas of professional studies and learning through the curriculum (Primary or Secondary).

    1st Attempt: One summative assessment in course paper on inclusion in the classroom (5,000 words) and a collaborative peer assessed presentation for the area of Further Professional Study (100%).

    Resit: Resubmission of the above (100%). (Modified submission).

    ED 4077
    LEARNING TO TEACH IN SCHOOLS 2: THE DEVELOPING TEACHER (GAELIC)
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Anne Thirkell

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students undertaking Year 4 of Joint degrees in Education (MA, BSc). Students must already have completed School Experience 1 (Joint degrees) and Learning to Teach in Schools 1: The Beginning Teacher (Joint degrees).

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake the appropriate School Experience 2 (Joint Degrees) course as appropriate for primary or secondary teaching.

    Note(s): Students must have satisfied the entry requirements as set out in the Memorandum on Entry to the Teaching Profession in Scotland (SEED) and have satisfied the selection processes determined by the School of Education before entry to Year 3.

  • Further exploration of supporting learners and learning

  • Deepening understanding of learning through the primary/secondary curriculum

  • Developing inclusive practice

  • Creating an inclusive learning environment

  • Reflecting on practice and an area of further professional study

  • Current issues in Scottish Education

  • Continuing professional development: Induction year and beyond

  • Further professional study of an option relevant to current educational developments
  • Teaching through a mix of lectures, workshops and other collaborative online learning providing 60 hours contact in the three main areas of professional studies, learning through the curriculum (Primary or Secondary) and further professional study.

    1st Attempt: One summative assessment in course paper critically reviewing inclusive practice and offering professional level insights, interpretations and solutions to problems and issues related to own practice in the classroom (5000 words); and a collaborative peer assessed presentation for the area of Further Professional Study.

    Resit: Resubmission of the above.

    ED 4078
    SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 2: NURSERY AND EARLY STAGES (JOINT DEGREES)
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Jim McCracken

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students on the joint degree programmes for Primary Education.

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake Learning to Teach in Schools 2: The Developing Teacher (Joint degrees).

    Note(s): PVG Scheme checking to be undertaken for Child Protection purposes.

  • Developing teaching (Block A - 4 weeks)

  • Transition to teaching (Block B - 5 weeks)

  • For primary, this focuses on the Nursery and Early stages. In nursery build up to taking full responsibility for five days for the pre-school context, equivalent to the role of the pre-school teacher. In Early stages, plan and manage ten full days of continuous responsibility. During periods of continuous responsibility and in collaboration with the class teacher, implement and evaluate programmes of learning in Mathematics, English Language, RME, Environmental Studies, PSD and Expressive Arts, with appropriate differentiation to meet the needs of individual pupils.

    School based study includes a programme of Wider Aspects of School and School Based Enquiry Tasks which follow up aspects of the campus based professional studies programme.

    300 notional hours student effort fieldwork (full-time in school).

    1st Attempt: Summative tutor observed lesson in Block A and a school report from the overall placement.

    Resit: Summative tutor observed lesson in Block B where cause for concern expressed by the school in/after Block A or where student failed tutor visit in Block A. Where a student fails this placement and with the agreement of the Board of Examiners, the student may be offered an opportunity for a resit placement in the subsequent September.

    ED 4080
    EXPANDING OUR REPERTOIREl ADULT LITERACIES (LEVEL 4)
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students on the PGDE (Adult Literacies) programme and who are currently engaged as adult literacies tutors.

    • Literacy and numeracy as complex capabilities

    • Terminologies for metapractice: linguistic and mathematical concepts and terms; educational and assessment concepts and terms

    • Different organisational models of learning and teaching in adult literacies - one to one, pair work, group work, integrated literacies, distance learning

    • Group working processes and approaches

    • Teaching and learning strategies for reading, writing, oracy, number use, interpreting numerical and graphic information.

    • Strategies to develop metacognition

    • Sources of ideas and resources for learning and teaching

    • Assessment strategies for monitoring and supporting learning and for accreditation

    • Action Enquiry for professional development.

    This module will address the following areas of the TQAL Benchmark Statements: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6.

    Online learning facilities and activities; 8 three-hour face to face group workshops. In addition students will have access to up to 6 hours negotiated support from their assigned Practice Tutor.

    1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%).
    Students will submit 1) a literature review (1,500 words). They will be required to evidence their online contribution by means of 2) 3 substantial blogs and 3 blog comments. They will report on their Action Enquiry by means of a 3) formal presentation to peers. They will submit 4) ONE resource that they have adapted/developed as part of their Action Enquiry along with a justification and evaluation of its development and use.

    Assessment will include a 5) report on observed practice provided by the Practice Tutor.

    Resit: Continuous assessment (100%).
    Students will submit 1) a literature review (1,500 words). They will be required to evidence their online contribution by means of 2) 3 substantial blogs and 3 blog comments. They will report on their Action Enquiry by means of a 3) formal presentation to peers. They will submit 4) ONE resource that they have adapted/developed as part of their Action Enquiry along with a justification and evaluation of its development and use.

    Assessment will include a 5) report on observed practice provided by the Practice Tutor.

    ED 4081
    LEARNING WORLDS: ADULT LITERACIES
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Ms A Ackland

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students on the PGDE (Adult Literacies) programme and who are currently engaged as adult literacies tutors.

    Co-requisite(s): This course is undertaken as a compulsory course for the PGDE(AL) award.

    • An overview of the discipline including adult learning theories and theories of learning and learners that are at the forefront of discipline knowledge

    • Specialist knowledge including discourses of adult learning and including three phases of discourse of lifelong learning

    • The social nature of the relationship between individuals, groups and social institutions

    • Social diversity and inequality in learners and learner needs

    • Barriers to participation and discourses linked to inclusion

    • Recognising literacies learners' uses of literacies and their existing skills, knowledge and understanding

    • Critical analysis of informal and formal learning processes and the values linked to these

    • The role of self-evaluation, reflexivity and reflection in learning

    • Professional identity, including narratives of professionalism and identifying self linked to these narratives

    • Models and processes of professional development and the significance of these to practice.

    • Academic study skills (e.g. identifying and evaluating sources, academic writing, critical reading)

    This module will address the following areas of the TQAL Benchmark Statements:
    - 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 4.3, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6

    Online learning facilities and structured activities, 8 three-hour face to face group workshops.

    In addition students will have access to up to 6 hours negotiated support in practice from their assigned Practice Tutor.

    1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%): 1 professional portrait and development plan (2,000 words); 1 case study (2,000 words);
    3 reflective accounts (250-500 words each); Analysis of observed practice.

    Resit: One further resubmission of any of the sections that are not deemed satisfactory.

    Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

    Ongoing formative assessment is built in to the course through for example the responses given to the online activity. In addition, students are required to share a draft of the professional portrait and development plan with their tutor using the wiki tool in the VLE. Written feedback/feedforward is provided on this draft using the wiki function for developmental dialogue.

    Oral feedback will be provided at workshop sessions. Written feedback will be provided in the online discussions and on students' assessment wiki as above. Formal written feedback on the final assessment submission will be provided on a feedback form and participants will be given the opportunity to discuss this feedback with tutors.

    ED 4082
    MAKING MENTAL MODELS: ADULT LITERACIES
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Ms A Ackland

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students on the PGDE (Adult Literacies) programme and who are currently engaged as adult literacies tutors.

    Co-requisite(s): This course is undertaken as a compulsory course for the PGDE(AL) award.

    • Definitions of literacies in different historical periods and different cultural contexts

    • Philosophical, psychological, sociological and political theories of education

    • Histories of education for literacies

    • Ideologies for practice

    • Contemporary international political contexts and discourses of adult literacies ?critiquing Scottish policy in relation to other political responses

    • The New Literacies Studies and literacies as social practice

    • The ethnographic method of investigating social practice

    • The changing social practices of literacies as a result of evolving technologies.
    • ICT in Adult Literacies teaching and learning

    This module will address the following areas of the TQAL Benchmark Statements:
    1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6

    Online learning facilities and activities, 8 three-hour face to face group workshops. In addition students will have access to up to 6 hours negotiated support from their assigned Practice Tutor.

    1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%): 1) A critical essay (3,000 words). Practice 2) Presentation of a limited ethnographic investigation of local numeracy practices
    3) Analysis of observed practice using observation report template.

    Students will be required to evidence their contribution to the online community of enquiry through a minimum of 4) 3 reflective postings.

    One further resit of any one of the sections that are not deemed satisfactory.

    Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

    Ongoing formative assessment is built in to the course through for example the responses given to the online activity. Students are required to present a draft of the ethnographic study to their tutor and peers for formative and peer feedforward.

    Oral feedback will be provided at workshop sessions. Written feedback will be provided in the online discussions and, for the draft ethnographic study, on a peer feedback form. Formal written feedback on the final assessment submission will be provided on a feedback form and participants will be given the opportunity to discuss this feedback with tutors.

    ED 4083
    THE ENABLING NET: ADULT LITERACIES (LEVEL 4)
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Aileen Ackland

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students on the PGDE (Adult Literacies), and who are currently engaged as adult literacies tutors.

    • The contemporary adult literacies field - multiple agencies and their roles and remits.

    • Community development processes and their relationship to adult literacies

    • Policies and practices of interagency working in adult literacies

    • Models of and issues of partnership working

    • Learners as partners - issues and approaches

    • Guidance for ongoing learning and progression

    • Strategies for training and working with tutor assistants

    • Practitioner research methodologies.

    This module will address the following areas of the TQAL Benchmark Statements: 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6.

    Online learning facilties and activities, 8 three-hour face to face workshops. In addition students will have access to up to 6 hours negotiated support from their assigned Practice Tutor.

    1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%).
    1)Small scale research project report (4,000 words).
    In addition they must evidence their contribution to a 2) wiki which presents an audit of a local ALN partnership.

    Assessment will include 3) a report on observed practice provided by Study Centre Tutors. Students will also be required to submit 4) a reflective account (1,000-1,500 words) of their learning from the range of opportunities for observation of practice afforded them throughout the programme.

    Resit: Continuous assessment (100%)
    1) Small scale research project report (4000 words);
    In addition they must evidence their contribution to a 2) wiki which presents an audit of a local ALN partnership.

    Assessment will include 3) a report on observed practice provided by Study Centre Tutors. Students will also be required to submit 4) a reflective account (1,000-1,500 words) of their learning from the range of opportunities for observation of practice afforded them throughout the programme.

    ED 4084
    LEARNING TO TEACH IN SCHOOLS 2: THE DEVELOPING TEACHER (JOINT DEGREES)
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Jim McCracken

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students undertaking Year 4 or Joint degrees in Education (MA, BSc). Students must already have completed School Experience 1 (Joint degrees) and Learning to Teach in Schools 1: The Beginning Teacher (Joint degrees).

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake the appropriate School Experience 2 (Joint Programmes) course as appropriate for primary or secondary teaching.

    Note(s): Students must have satisfied the entry requirements as set out in the Memorandum on Entry to the Teaching Profession in Scotland (SEED) and have satisfied the selection processes determined by the School of Education before entry to Year 3.

    • Further exploration of supporting learners and learning

    • Deepening understanding of learning through the Primary/Secondary curriculum

    • Developing inclusive practice

    • Creating an inclusive learning environment

    • Reflecting on practice and an area of further professional study

    • Current issues in Scottish Education

    • Continuing professional development: Induction year and beyond

    • Further professional study of an option relevant to current educational developments

    Teaching through a mix of lectures, workshops and other collaborative online learning providing 60 hours contact in the three main areas of professional studies, learning through the curriculum (Primary or Secondary) and further professional study.

    1st Attempt: One summative assessment in course paper critically reviewing inclusive practice and offering professional level insights, interpretations and solutions to problems and issues related to own practice in the classroom (5000 words); and a collaborative peer assessed presentation for the area of further professional study.

    Resit: Resubmission of the above. (Modified submission) (100%).

    ED 4085
    INTRODUCTION TO ACTION INQUIRY (CURATIVE EDUCATION)
    CREDIT POINTS 15

    Course Co-ordinator: Karen McArdle

    Pre-requisite(s): 360 credits, including Pass in Practice 3.

    Co-requisite(s): Current practice with individuals with complex needs.

    Note(s): Students will normally be expected to have current practice opportunities with individuals with complex needs.

    The content will include:

    • introduction to research, inquiry and evaluation

    • framing the inquiry and the research questions

    • methodology and methods of research for practitioner researchers

    • managing data analysis, interpretation and presentation

    • writing a report on the outcomes of a pilot study

    • maintaining a critically reflective learning journal.

    Tutor led workshops and tutorials to a total of 20 hours supported by web based materials and situated learning opportunity within the ongoing work situation.

    1st Attempt: 3,000 word written paper (100%).

    Resit: 3,000 word written paper (100%).

    ED 4086
    INQUIRY IN ACTION- PROFESSIONAL PROJECT (CURATIVE EDUCATION)
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Norma Hart

    Pre-requisite(s): 360 credits, including Pass in Practice 3.

    Co-requisite(s): Current practice with individuals with complex needs.

    Note(s): Students will normally be expected to have current practice opportunities with individuals with complex needs.

    The content will include:

    • action planning: planning and contracting the project proposal

    • clarification of purpose of project and research questions

    • coordinating and undertaking fieldwork

    • gathering and analysing project data

    • gathering and analysing project outcomes

    • report writing

    • communication strategies

    • maintaining a critically reflective learning journal.

    Tutor led workshops and tutorials to a total of 24 hours supported by web based materials and situated learning opportunity within the ongoing work situation.

    1st Attempt: 6,000 word paper (100%).

    Resit: 6,000 word paper (100%).

    ED 4087
    UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING 4
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Chris Walter

    Pre-requisite(s): 360 credit points, including a pass in Practice 3.

    Co-requisite(s): Current practice with individuals with complex needs.

    Note(s): Students will normally be expected to have current practice opportunities with individuals with complex needs.

    The content will include:

    • leadership in the lifespace

    • advocacy, power and position in organisations

    • organisational structures

    • Ways to Quality - an approach to quality assurance in organisations

    • theories of organisational development

    • leadership styles and strategies

    • communication in organisations.

    • social capital

    • systemic approach to organisational learning and development

    • demographic influences in organisational development

    • maintaining a critically reflective learning journal.

    Tutor led workshops supported by web and text based material and situated learning opportunity within the ongoing work situation.

    1st Attempt: 30 min oral presentations to professional audience with feedback sheet assessed by tutors, 2,000 word presentation pack (100%).

    Resit: 30 min oral presentations to professional audience with feedback sheet assessed by tutors, 2,000 word presentation pack (100%).

    ED 4088
    CREATIVE ACTION 4 - INITIATIVE AND INNOVATION
    CREDIT POINTS 15

    Course Co-ordinator: John Ralph

    Pre-requisite(s): 360 credit points, including a pass in Practice 3.

    Co-requisite(s): Current practice with individuals with complex needs.

    Note(s): Students will normally be expected to have current practice opportunities with individuals with complex needs.

    The content will include:

    • practical guidance in co-creative activities and improvisation

    • co-creative techniques for uncovering and generating new potential in artistic activities and practice

    • the source of creative action, development, matamorphosis and change

    • Theory-U and the emergence of leadership roles in groups and organisations

    • factors that influence the potential for leadership, development and change

    • a range of perspectives on emergent factors

    • ICT skills

    • maintaining a critically reflective learning journal.

    Practical artistic sessions/activities, interactive presentations and web based formative tasks to a total of 10 hours.

    Situated learning opportunity within the ongoing work situation.

    1st Attempt: Portfolio of evidence addressing student's own assessment criteria supporting critically reflective paper 3,000 words (100%).

    Resit: Portfolio of evidence addressing student's own assessment criteria supporting critically reflective paper 3,000 words (100%).

    ED 4090
    SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 2: TRANSITION TO TEACHING (PTDL)
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Jim McCracken

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students on the PGDE Programmes and students on BSc Physics with Education, MA Physics with Educaiton, BSc Technology with Education, BSc Chemistry with Education, MA Gaelic with Education and all other combined degree Education degree programmes'.

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake Learning and Teaching in Schools B: The Developing Professional and have successfully completed School Experience 1A and School Experience 1B and Learning and Teaching in Schools A: Beginning to Teach.

    Note(s): PVG Scheme checking to be undertaken for Child Protection purposes.

  • Developing teaching (Block A - 4 weeks)

  • Transition to teaching (Block B - 5 weeks)

  • In secondary, the focus will normally be on S1-3. Students are expected to quickly take on a timetable with 60% of the normal teaching load. Classroom Practice is normally carried out in each of the subjects being taken, with each subject normally playing an equal part. In Block B students undertake a development task for the subject department to equalise their teaching load.

    School based study includes a programme of Wider Aspects of School and School Based Enquiry Tasks which follow up aspects of the campus based professional studies programme.

    300 notional hours students effort fieldwork (full-time in school).

    1st Attempt: Summative tutor observed lesson in Block A and a school report from the overall placement.

    Resit: Summative tutor observed lesson in Block B where cause for concern expressed by the school in/after Block A or where student failed tutor visit in Block A. Where a student fails this placement and with the agreement of the Board of Examiners, the student may be offered an opportunity for a resit placement in the subsequent September.

    ED 4091
    SOCIAL PEDAGOGY 4
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Chris Walter

    Pre-requisite(s): 360 credit points, including a pass in Practice 3.

    Co-requisite(s): Current practice with individuals with complex needs.

    Note(s): Students will normally be expected to have current practice opportunities with individuals with complex needs.

    The content will include:

    • critical examination of curative educational values and principles within the current professional, social and political context

    • influence of cultural values and attitudes on the theory and practice of curative education

    • the international context and development of curative education

    • ethical issues related to current development in curative educational practice

    • examination of the influence of current literature and research on the development of curative education

    • negotiated topics of student inquiry related to a particular practice area of curative education

    maintaining a critically reflective learning journal.

    This course will be taught by tutor supported workshops, self directed learning, lectures and seminars and situated learning opportunity in the ongoing work situation.

    1st Attempt: One 5,000 word paper (100%).

    Resit: One 5,000 word paper (100%).

    ED 4504
    GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: GROWING UP AROUND THE WORLD
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

    Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of BA CS Level 3.

    Professional development requires that the student continues to evolve and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities within an Early Education and childcare setting. The course will cover:

    • An opportunity to explore global perspectives regarding what constitutes community and the place of the child within it.

    • Investigation of inclusive practices and their application.

    • International perspectives with regard to social policy.

    • The diversity of ways in which children learn and extend their knowledge and experience of the world around them.

    • A research study of a specialised issue and it's impact on a child/ren and professional practice.

    • Maintenance of a professional journal.

    This course will be taught by distance learning, supported by on-line materials, tutor-supported workshops and self-directed learning tasks.

    1st Attempt: Written assignment 6,000 words.

    Resit: Resubmission of written assignment.

    ED 4505
    PERSONAL ENQUIRY IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

    Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of BA CS Level 3.

    Professional development requires that the student continues to evolve and deepen their knowledge and understanding of child development and learning within an Education and Childcare setting.

    The course will cover:

    • Comparative approaches to development and learning.

    • Wide reading and critical analysis of a range of texts in a self-chosen area of specialism in child development and learning

    • Planning and implementation of an in-depth context study of one area of child development and learning.

    • Exploration and justification of professional values and beliefs

    • Promotion of original, creative thought.

    • Continued development of the professional journal.

    This course will be taught by distance learning, supported by on-line materials, peer and tutor workshops and self directed learning tasks.

    1st Attempt: Written assignment 6,000 words (100%).

    Resit: Resubmission of written assignment.

    ED 4506
    THE REFLECTIVE PRACTITIONER
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

    Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of BA CS Level 3.

    Professional development requires that the student continues to evolve and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities within an Early Education and childcare setting. The course will cover:

    • Detailed study and critical analysis of a range of theories, research and current issues.

    • A comparative study of alternative approaches to management of Education and Child Care settings, including international perspectives.

    • Planning and implementation of change to practice, including a personal action plan.

    • The use of a reflective journal to justify professional values and beliefs.

    This course will be taught by distance learning, supported by on-line materials, tutor-supported workshops and self-directed learning tasks.

    1st Attempt: Written assignment 6,000 words (100%).

    Resit: Resubmission of written assignment.

    ED 4509
    RESEARCH AND ENQUIRY IN ACTION
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Catriona McDonald

    Pre-requisite(s): Research and Enquiry: Informed Perspectives.

    Co-requisite(s): Successful completion of BACE level 4 compulsory courses in the three core strands of Child Development and Learning. Child in the Sociocultural Context and The Developing Professional.

    The course will cover:

    • Analysis of a variety of journals for literature, format, content and style.

    • Review of personal research data and findings to identify topics or themes which can be further developed to inform the practice of teaching.

    • Use of relevant technology to search and organise literature appropriate to a chosen them or topic.

    • Review of academic papers on a chosen theme or topic for information, structure, format and content.

    • Discussion of the relevance, validity and quality of a variety of academic papers on a chosen theme or topic.

    • Choice of theme or topic for written paper to conform to the requirements of a chosen journal.

    This course will be taught by distance learning, supported by on-line materials, peer and tutor workshops and self directed learning tasks.

    1st Attempt: An academic paper of 6,000 words written to a chosen journal format (100%).

    Resit: Resubmission of the academic paper.

    ED 4511
    LEARNING AND TEACHING IN SCHOOLS: THE DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Leigh Bjorkvoll

    Pre-requisite(s): Only available to students undertaking the PGDE programme.

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake School Experience 2 course. Students must have already completed School Experience 1 and Learning and Teaching in Schools: Beginning to Teach.

    Note(s): Students must satisfy the entry requirements as set out on the Memorandum on Entry to the Teaching Profession (SEED) and have satisfied the selection processes determined by the School of Education.

    • Further exploration of supporting learners and learning

    • Deepening understanding of learning through the Primary / Secondary Curriculum

    • Developing inclusive practice

    • Reflecting on Your "Professional Focus"

    • Creating an inclusive learning environment

    • Current issues in Scottish Education

    • Continuing Professional Development: induction year and beyond

    Teaching will be a mixture of lectures, workshops and online collaborative learning providing 60 hours contact in three main areas of professional studies, professional focus and learning through the curriculum (programme proposal provides structure of timetable).

    1st Attempt: One summative assessment in-course paper of 5,000 words "Inclusion in the Classroom" (100%).

    Resit: One resubmission of the above paper.

    ED 4512
    MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
    CREDIT POINTS 15

    Course Co-ordinator: Helen Martin

    Pre-requisite(s): 60 credits at level 2 mathematics.

    • Theories of learning: Piaget, Bruner, Gardner (multiple intelligences), Learning styles, constructivism (radical and social)

    • Theories of learning mathematics: Dienes, Skemp (relational, instrumental understanding), Ollerton, Watson and Swan

    • Methods of teaching: direct interactive, exposition, investigative approach, problem solving, group work and discussion

    • Contribution of technology (graphic calculators, graph drawing software, CAS, dynamic geometry, PowerPoint animation, internet)

    • Lesson planning and preparation, presentation skills

    • Research on learning and teaching mathematics in schools

    • Project (choice of subject matter)

    8 two-hour lectures/workshops and 4 one-hour tutorials (total 20 hours) plus tutor directed activities.

    Period of school experience - ideally four half mornings over two weeks. Presentation sessions.

    1st Attempt: Assessment will have three components:

    • Report on the School Project (40%)

    • Essay related to topics drawn from the lectures (40%)

    • Presentation to the class (peers) (20%)


    Resit: Reassessment on the first two of the above.
    Only the marks obtained at the first attempt can count towards Honours classification.

    Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

    In-course assignments will normally be marked within one week and feedback provided to students in tutorials.

    ED 4701
    SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 2: FOCUS ON PRE-SCHOOL AND EARLY STAGES
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Leigh Bjorkvoll

    Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students on the PGDE Programme.

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake Learning and Teaching in Schools: The Developing Professional and have successfully completed School Experience 1: The Middle and Upper Stages and Learning and Teaching in Schools: Beginning to Teach.

    Note(s): PVG Scheme checking to be undertaken for Child Proection purposes.

    The course is split as follows to allow for consolidation on campus between each part:

    • 'Developing Teaching' for 4 weeks

    • 'Transition to Teaching' 5 weeks.

    Classroom Practice is developed from School Experience 1.

    Students will be expected to have at least 10 days experience in a pre-school setting with negotiated responsibility in this context. The remainder of the time will be spent developing practice within the Early stages placement building up to having 10 days continuous responsibility in the final school experience block.

    School Based Study includes a programme of Wider Aspects of School and School Based Study Tasks, which follow up topics introduced in the LTS course during semester 2.

    300 hours notional student effort fieldwork (full-time in a school).

    1st Attempt: Summative tutor observed lesson in the first four week block, a school report form the first four week block, and school observations allowing the completion of an exit profile for SITE.

    Resit: At the discretion of the exam board, students may be allowed one 5 week re-sit period in September of the following academic year.

    ED 4702
    SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 2: TRANSITION TO TEACHER
    CREDIT POINTS 30

    Course Co-ordinator: Leigh Bjorkvoll

    Pre-requisite(s): Available to students on the PGDE and students on BSc Physics with Education, MA Physics with Education, BSc Technology with Education, BSc Chemistry with Education, MA Gaelic with Education and all other combined degree Education degree programme.

    Co-requisite(s): Students must also undertake Learning and Teaching in Schools B: The Developing Professional and have successfully completed School Experience A, School Experience 1B and Learning and Teaching in Schools A: Beginning to Teach.

    Note(s): PVG Scheme checking to be undertaken for Child Protection purposes.

    The course is split as follows to allow for consolidation on campus between each part:

    • 'Developing Teaching' for 4 weeks

    • 'Transition to Teaching' 5 weeks.

    Classroom Practice in subjects continues as indicated in School Experience One.

    In addition students will participate in and contribute to the development and/or delivery of their Specialist Professional Topic of study.

    School Based Study includes a programme of Wider Aspects of School and School Based Study Tasks, which follow up topics introduced in the LTS programme during semester 2.

    300 hours notional student effort fieldwork (full-time in a school).

    1st Attempt: Summative tutor observed lesson in the first four week block, a school report from the first four week block, and school observations allowing the completion of an exit profile for SITE.

    Resit: At the discretion of the exam board, students may be allowed one 5 week re-sit period in September of the following academic year.