Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM288: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

How this Module is Assessed

In the tables below, you will see reference to 'ILO's. An ILO is an Intended Learning Outcome - see Aims and Learning Outcomes for details of the ILOs for this module.

Formative Assessment

A formative assessment is designed to give you feedback on your understanding of the module content but it will not count towards your mark for the module.

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Engagement with preparatory activitiesShort weekly contributions (1,000 words equivalent1-3, 5, 6, 8Feedback from peers and tutors, both online and during sessions
Microteach to peers/ academic/professional services staff, followed by a discussion1,500 (equivalent)1-3,5Oral feedback from peers and written feedback from observer

Summative Assessment

A summative assessment counts towards your mark for the module. The table below tells you what percentage of your mark will come from which type of assessment.

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

...and this table provides further details on the summative assessments for this module.

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio comprising Parts A and B1001-9Written feedback by tutor
Part A: An LTHE portfolio, consisting of an ASPIRE Fellowship application (at AFHEA level), two peer observations of practice (one by the participant and one of the participant), and a teaching log listing experience of a minimum of, normally, 50 hours of teaching and/or supporting students in higher education)03,000 (portfolio) + 1,000 (observations) + 500 (teaching log) words = approximately 4,500 words cumulatively1-9
Part B : An education employability portfolio, consisting of a recorded teaching demonstration, a statement of education philosophy, and an education career roadmap 01,500 (equivalent; recording) + 500 (statement) + 500 (map) words = 2,500 words cumulatively1-9


Re-assessment takes place when the summative assessment has not been completed by the original deadline, and the student has been allowed to refer or defer it to a later date (this only happens following certain criteria and is always subject to exam board approval). For obvious reasons, re-assessments cannot be the same as the original assessment and so these alternatives are set. In cases where the form of assessment is the same, the content will nevertheless be different.

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
A 7,000-word portfolio, as detailed aboveResubmission of element(s) from the original portfolio that require amendments as detailed in the assessment and feedbackIn the applicable combination of 1-92 weeks from the receipt of feedback for minor amendments; major amendments can be submitted, at the earliest, at the next submission deadline, or any subsequent deadline for which the student is still eligible to be enrolled in the LTHE module