Postgraduate taught 

Academic Practice MEd: Online distance learning

Course Design in your Discipline EDUC5983

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Learning Enhancement and Acad Dev Service
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Repeated in Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Designing a course can be a challenging yet fulfilling opportunity for staff involved in teaching and learning. This course gives you a chance to design a course in your own subject or discipline in a supportive environment. It will cover: developing a rationale for introducing a new course; designing an aligned course; considering inclusive curricula; including assessment and feedback that enhances your students' learning and developing learning activities.


Ten online contact hours will be offered through workshops and short tutorials in each semester.




Complete a course design pro-forma, linked to appropriate dimensions of the UKPSF, that includes the following elements:

■ A rationale for your proposed course

■ Aims

■ Intended learning outcomes

■ Assessments

■ Sample learning activities

■ Your response to formative feedback

Course Aims

This course aims to focus your teaching development more strongly on your particular discipline. You will be given an opportunity to develop and design a course in your discipline involving constructive alignment of ILOs and assessment, down to the details of some specific learning activities. You will be supported to work with colleagues from related disciplines, but will also be encouraged to engage with a wider range of colleagues from across the University to support your deepening understanding of learning, teaching and assessment specific to your discipline. Through exploring course design in your discipline you will continue to develop evidence to claim additional dimensions of the UKPSF [A1, A4, K1, K6 and V4].

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course you should be able to:

1. Design a constructively aligned course within the context of a programme in your subject area; and

2. Justify your course design using relevant literature, scholarship, and quality and academic standards frameworks relevant to your context [A1, A4, K1, K6, V4].

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.