Assessment for Health Professionals

Module Overview

The purposes of assessment and methods of assessment will be examined using examples from the health sector. Relationships between different learning theories and approaches to assessment will be examined and concepts such as validity and reliability considered in relation to different purposes and methods of assessment.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and ability to critically appraise the different purposes and uses of assessment in the health sector.
2. Provide evidence of a critical understanding of different learning theories, their epistemological roots and their relationship with different methods of assessment.
3. Critically analyse the choice of assessment methods for specific contexts and purposes.
4. Understand key concepts and processes such as validity, reliability, standard setting and blue printing.
5. Apply this knowledge and understanding to specific applications of assessment in the health sector.


20 credits

Module Attendance Required

5 days attendance required (9am-5pm), arranged 2 days + 2 days + 1 day.

Module Dates

5 days in spring term (January to April)


A 4000 word assignment or portfolio showing evidence of critical evaluation, reflection of selected assessment methods and worked examples of assessment instruments.

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

  • Dr Mike Clapham, Consultant in intensive care medicine and Associate Dean, West Midlands Postgraduate Deanery.
  • Mr Paul Weeden, Lecturer, School of Education, University of Birmingham.

Stand Alone Course

This module can also be taken as a stand alone course if required. To apply, please contact: 
0121 414 4863

Fee if taken as a stand alone course

For information on fees please contact the Programme Administrator.

Entry requirements if taken as a stand alone course

You must have a first degree or equivalent professional qualification.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, module


To apply for this module as a stand alone course please contact
0121 414 4863