Principles of curriculum design will be examined and ways of undertaking needs analysis. The implications for curriculum design of developments such as inter-professional working will be considered. Curricular approaches, such as SPICES, PRISMS, spiral, outcome-based and competency-based models will be appraised.
1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of key theories, principles and approaches to curriculum design and be able to critically appraise them and the possible mismatch between learning theories, educational purposes and curriculum design.
2. Assess the implications for curriculum design and implementation of policies of professional learning and development in the health sector.
3. Critically appraise specific approaches to curriculum design, such as SPICES and PRISMS and apply their knowledge to develop an illustrative example of a curriculum unit in their area of professional expertise.
4. Be aware of the influence of the 'hidden curriculum' on what is learnt.
5. Understand and appraise the impact of the curriculum on what is taught and learnt through concepts of curriculum control.
Module Attendance Required
5 days attendance required (9am-5pm), arranged 2 days + 2 days + 1 day.
5 days in summer term (April to July)
A single 4000 word assignment or a critical review of a curriculum project in which they have been involved.
Academics involved in the delivery of this module
Dr Mike Deighan, RCGP Curriculum and Trainer Support Fellow; Associate Dean, West Midlands Workforce Deaner
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 us at:
+44 (0) 121 414 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
Students must have a first degree or equivalent professional qualification.