Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM900: The Contemporary Academic in Context

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • the social, cultural and policy context of the contemporary university, in particular research-intensive universities such as the University of Exeter;
  • the nature of contemporary academic practice in all its dimensions: research, teaching, citizenship/leadership, and business and community relations; and
  • the relationship between research and teaching and how to negotiate them as a new academic.

Additional elements will be designed in collaboration with you, as participants, in order to reflect your own priorities and the needs of your department, as determined in prior and on-going discussions between you and your Academic Leads.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities213 study days (each of approximately 7 hours), involving whole group sessions, comprised of a combination of activities, such as interactive lectures, discussion groups, collaborative small group tasks, poster presentations, and panel discussions.
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1Individual tutorial
Guided Independent Study20Preparing a poster relating to your Extended Study
Guided Independent Study100Undertaking reading relating to your Extended Study
Guided Independent Study100Undertaking data collection and analysis (or equivalent) relating to your Extended Study
Guided Independent Study58Writing your Extended Study

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) website:

Advance HE - Higher Education Academy (HEA) website:

The WonkHE website: