Surrey University Stag


Module code: GCA3007

Module Overview

Building on the first module the aim is to consider how developing an understanding of the curriculum within a subject area can enhance our practice. Educational theory will be used in combination with personal practice. This module will be based on a series of collaborative exercises and will consider fundamental questions to enhance understanding of what the curriculum is and how it develops. It is expected that these will include notions of the hidden curriculum, assessment, evaluation and feedback, student learning and models of curriculum development (such as constructive alignment). In addition, other ideas will be considered as collaboration between participants is developed, such as interdisciplinarity and diversity.

Module provider

Surrey Institute of Education

Module Leader

LYGO-BAKER Simon (Sy Inst Educ)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: X342

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

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Theory and Practice of Teaching or Associate Fellow of HEA

Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Curriculum ideology

  • Theories of curriculum design and development, i.e. constructive alignment

  • Assessment and feedback

  • Student progression

  • Policy and practice

  • Evaluation

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 2500 - 3000 Word Critique 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A 2,500-3,000 word assignment that provides a critique of the module you have developed or revised. 

Formative assessment and feedback

Throughout the module SurreyLearn is available for support and formative feedback on the work being undertaken and developed. In addition a group presentation to peers and other staff from the university including DHE is available and enables feedback to be gained on the proposed module.

Module aims

  • Introduce participants to knowledge and understanding of curriculum ideology
  • Support participants to examine and evaluate curriculum development practice against relevant theory

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand and apply models of curriculum development to existing areas of practice KC
002 Apply themes, such as assessment and student progression within curriculum design effectively KC
003 Demonstrate the ability to examine and evaluate curriculum design and development C
004 Work effectively as part of a small team towards common goals PT

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 provide the most effective learning environment that enables the experience of the participants to be the main focus for the programme.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Large group teaching sessions


Teaching circles/group work

Formative assessment

Independent study


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.

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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 2022/3 academic year.