Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Museums, Education and Curriculum Development (Online) EDUC5930

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine enhanced learning through collections and programmes for educational institutions and communities, considering the use of curricula frameworks, learning outcomes and appropriate methods of delivery.


Online Learning over 11 weeks with milestone activities plus 2 weeks for assessment.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



Assignment (3000 words), demonstrating knowledge of how learning theory underpins planning and practice for a specific group of learners in relation to key curricular disciplines.

Portfolio based on project work (equivalent to 1000 words), demonstrating an ability to synthesise knowledge and understanding of object base learning and experiential learning in/through the museum with own context or a context of choice.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide participants with the opportunity to develop extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of how museums and object based learning can act as a stimulus for subject specific and interdisciplinary learning within local and global curricular contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

LO1 Critically identify, define and analyse how engaging with objects in the museum context supports and enhances learning in a progressive and coherent way in relation to a particular curriculum.


LO2 Apply critical analysis and evaluation to a range of pedagogies in order to identify their value in relation to effective learning in and through the museum.


LO3 Successfully design and produce original creative activities, linked to relevant curricula, that provide opportunities for exploration of in-reach and out-reach learning experiences associated with the museum.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.