Postgraduate Modules in Teaching and Learning

Two postgraduate modules in Teaching and Learning are available to postgraduate students responsible for teaching:

You must take PG6003 (5 credits).

You can also choose PG6012 (5 credits).

PG6003 Teaching and Learning for Graduate Studies 

Target audience

Postgraduates engaged with learning and teaching across the university-wide community.

Benefits of the module

Learning and teaching in the following: sessions on small group/tutorial teaching, large group teaching, laboratory teaching, and computer-assisted teaching and learning.

The module considers course planning and delivery, the tutor’s role, setting examination questions, different types of assessment, some subject-specific sessions, keeping records, and ethical issues. 

Further details

Module Coordinator: James Cronin, Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning (CIRTL), Email j.cronin@ucc.ie

Module overview

This five-credit module offers postgraduates who teach/demonstrate a toolkit of ideas and practices on student learning to enrich their teaching experiences whether in a classroom or laboratory setting.  The module considers course planning and delivery, the tutor’s role, setting examination questions, different types of assessment, keeping records and ethical questions. 

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Design, deliver and evaluate an event or activity to enable student learning.
  • Engage with various sources of evidence and scholarship to evaluate and improve their teaching practice.
  • Demonstrate critical reflection on personal teaching practice within their disciplinary contexts.
  • Devise appropriate strategies for further professional development of their teaching practice.

Testimonials

“Where Finbarr taught, let Munster learn.”—The Teaching & Learning course is a great example of how University College Cork acknowledges its founding mission up until this day. In the hectic PhD life, this module gave me the rare opportunity to reflect on my teaching methods and study different academic approaches to education. It was a great way to connect with research students from other disciplines and learn from their experiences. I am looking forward to trying out these new strategies in my own tutorials!"

Anne Mahler, PhD, School of English


PG6012 Scholarly Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 

Target audience

Postgraduates who have taken PG6003 can progress to PG6012.

Benefits of the module

This five-credit module consists of seminars that will consider how the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning has discussed “learning” from both a cognitive and social perspective so as to inform “teaching” as a reflective practice.

Further details

Module Coordinator: James Cronin, Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning (CIRTL), Email j.cronin@ucc.ie

Module overview

The module takes the form of a series of seminar discussions based on classic scholarly readings in teaching and learning. These seminars seek to critically interrogate and discuss extracts from a selection of key texts that have shaped our understanding of the scholarship of teaching and learning. This interdisciplinary seminar series develops the ideas and practices emerging from PG6003 which used an enquiry-based learning approach to meet the challenges of teaching in higher education. The seminars will discuss the implications for small group/tutorial teaching, large group teaching, laboratory teaching, online teaching and learning, curricula design, the tutors role, different types of assessment, and ethical issues relevant to participants' disciplines.

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Engage with various sources of evidence and scholarship to evaluate and develop their teaching practice.
  • Demonstrate critical reflection on personal teaching practice within their disciplinary contexts.
  • Devise appropriate strategies for further professional development of their teaching practice.

Testimonials

"After successfully completing PG6003, I decided to continue my teaching and learning studies and enrolled in PG6012. PG6012 provides those enrolled with a lens through which to analyse their own teaching practice, engaging with the seminal academic context behind theories of teaching and learning. This reflective and exploratory approach has enriched my understanding of pedagogies within my own discipline and within the wider context which in turn has greatly assisted me in routing my approach in the lecture theatre within the academic context, a skill which will stand to me when applying for my first academic position."

Samantha Williams, PhD, CCJHR, School of Law.

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