Module code: NURM117

Module Overview

This module is an exceptional opportunity to experience first-hand, the complex nature of curriculum design, ranging from the philosophical underpinning, student experience and learning and teaching strategies. This will culminate is the development of a formal curriculum document based on a topic of choice which will be presented at an internal validation event.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

WHITE Nikki (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Clinical Placement Hours: 60

Independent Learning Hours: 84

Lecture Hours: 48

Module Availability

Year long

Module content

This module will explore the complexities of building a curriculum from planning to delivery. The following elements will be considered indepth:

  • curriculum philosophy, design and models

  • factors influencing the curriculum

  • role and value of ICT in the curriculum

  • integrating skills laboratories into curriculum design

  • competency-based curriculum

  • building on experience

  • the learning journey through the curriculum

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PRESENTATION 25
Coursework CURRICULUM 75

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to measure the depth of the students learning and their ability to utilise and apply the full range of knowledge achieved through undertaking this module.


Formative assessment and feedback

Students will have the opportunity of presenting their curriculum for peer review. In addition to this, students will have an opportunity to present and discuss their work as the curriculum develops which will generate formative feedback.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Part One is the development of a curriculum through the selection of a current initiative or innovation in the student’s field of practice


Weighting: 75% Word Count: 3,000 words


Part Two will be a formal presentation of the curriculum to their peer group and academic staff which will take the form of an internal validation event.

Weighting: 25%

Module aims

  • This module is intended to enable students to gain an understanding of the processes involved in curriculum design and development and explore innovative strategies to enhance the learning journey.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically analyse and demonstrate an understanding of a range of curriculum models. KCT
002 Be critically aware of the social, economic and political factors which influence the curriculum in practice and higher education settings. KCPT
003 Analyse curriculum documentation and specifications to inform their approaches to curriculum design, delivery and evaluation. KCPT
004 Develop the skills associated with creativity to generate new ways of delivery. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


The teaching and learning strategies will be varied and will include:

  • lectures

  • presentations

  • group work

  • seminars

  • discussion

  • case studies

  • an introduction to technologies


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

Qualifying condition(s)

A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

This module is core and will require students to pass both elements.


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.