Module code: VMSM001

Module Overview

This module provides quality assured training for veterinary professionals in the knowledge, skills and attributes required to teach, assess, give feedback, and provide pastoral care to learners within the clinical workplace.

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

POLLARD Paul (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 83

Seminar Hours: 5

Tutorial Hours: 2

Guided Learning: 40

Captured Content: 20

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

This module will cover:

The knowledge skills and attributes to teach assess and give feedback to students within a clinical workplace environment.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Case study on teaching 20
Coursework Case study on assessment 20
Coursework Case study on feedback 20
Coursework End of module reflection 20
Practical based assessment Peer Observation of teaching (In person or recorded) 10
Practical based assessment Peer Observation of feedback (In person or recorded) 10
Coursework Educational diary of teaching, assessment and feedback Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate they have met the learning objectives of the module.


The following assessment methods will be used:  

  1. Three reflective case studies (1,500 words each) to provide evidence that the student can apply theory to practice, to evaluate evidence and to reflect on practice. These will cover the topics of teaching, assessment and feedback.

  2. A final end of module reflective essay highlighting personal growth over the course of the module.

  3. A diary of workplace-based education to provide evidence of teaching, assessment and feedback as well as the time taken for training.

  4. Two peer observations by university academics, which can be a recorded activity. The first on workplace-based teaching and the second on giving feedback.


Formative assessment

Students will be provided with formative MCQ’s covering module aims. They will also be given the opportunity to submit one case study for formative assessment and feedback.



Students will be given written feedback on all submitted assets. They will be given written and verbal feedback on any in person peer observation of teaching and feedback.

Module aims

  • To understand learning concepts and theories and to be able to apply these to workplace teaching.
  • To use different assessment methods to assess students within the workplace.
  • To give constructive feedback to learners.
  • To provide support and pastoral care to students on placement and to support equality and diversity among learners.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand how to teach knowledge and practical within a clinical environment. KCPT
002 To assess students against a defined criteria and to accurately give them an appropriate grade. KC
003 To be able to teach clinical reasoning, involving structuring an appropriate differential diagnoses list and recommending appropriate further investigations. KCPT
004 To be able to give students constructive feedback with highlights areas of weakness and methods of improvement within a collaborative and constructive environment . KCP
005 Understand student differences and to be able to adjust teaching and feedback in recognition of these. KC
006 Understand how to critically review and evaluate evidence, in support of own learning and the development of others. KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Teaching will be self-directed and delivered online. It will include reading, Xertes, videos and podcasts. There will be two in person webinars.

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
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: VMSM001

Other information

The Surrey Framework consists of the attributes: employability, global and cultural capabilities, digital capabilities, sustainability and resourcefulness and resilience. This module includes the following key topics which further develop one or more of the attributes as indicated.

Employability: Educational qualifications can enable diversification into the educational sector.

Sustainability: Sustainable veterinary education. The use of online material as a learning tool.

Global and cultural capabilities: Teaching educational theory and reflective practice enables greater understanding of self and others.

Resourcefulness and resilience: The importance of being adaptable and resilient in the profession, comfortable with making decisions being made and able to reflect on own performance and that of others highlighting areas for improvement.

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 2025/6 academic year.