Module details for Fundamentals of Teaching in Higher Education


This module will cover fundamental aspects of teaching, learning, assessment, enhancing the student experience and developing the Abertay Attributes. You will be working on activities such as the design of a teaching session, design of assessments, giving effective feedback review of a module descriptor, eliciting, and responding to student feedback, design of programmes. You will participate in teaching observations (which is an accreditation requirement) as both an observer and an observee. This module will develop the following Abertay Attributes: Intellectual, Personal, Professional and Active Citizen.


The aim of this module is to support early career staff in becoming confident and critically reflective practitioners in HE.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically reflect on your practice.

2.  Demonstrate effective academic practice.

3.  Design deliver and evaluate an effective teaching session.

4.  Critically analyse your assessment and feedback practice in the context of higher education.

5.  Design/review a module and justify your choices with reference to the institutional context, external requirements and relevant literature.

6.  Justify your approaches to teaching and learning in the context of Inclusions, technology. enhanced learning and the wider context in which higher education operates.

7. Exemplify D2 of the UKPSF in your own teaching and learning practice.

Indicative Content

1 Critical reflection of academic practice.

We will look at the process of critical reflection and how we can use this to inform and develop our own practice. This will include an introduction to different models of reflection.

2 Learning Design

You will find out how to design learning experiences for students (both online, blended and in person) using a knowledge of the relevant frameworks and the supporting literature.

3 Inclusive practices

How do you make sure that your teaching and learning practice is inclusive? How does Abertay University supports a diverse community of learners?

4 Assessment and feedback

Assessment and feedback are central to our teaching and learning approaches. There are many approaches to assessment and this topic will cover the principals of effective assessment design, use of assessment for learning, effective formative and summative feedback.

5 Technology enhanced learning

Technology enhanced learning is a core tool for the 21st entry academic. We will look at the issues and opportunities provided by technology enhanced learning.

6 Effective academic practice

You will develop your skills in designing effective teaching sessions and evaluating student learning within a teaching session.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 18
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 120
Independent 250
Total 400

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.