Developing and Sustaining a Curriculum for Health Professionals

Module code: 19854

In this module, principles of curriculum design and ways of undertaking needs analysis are examined. The implications for curriculum design of developments such as interprofessional working are considered. Historical, educational, social and political influences on curriculum development will be discussed and curricular models (such as SPICES, spiral, outcome-based and competency-based) are appraised. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, you will be able to: 

  • 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.
  • assess the implications for curriculum design and implementation of policies of professional learning and development in the health sector.
  • 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.
  • be aware of the influence of the 'hidden curriculum' on what is learnt.
  • understand and appraise the impact of the curriculum on what is taught and learnt through concepts of curriculum control. 

A 4000 word assignment or a critical review of a curriculum project in which they have been involved.

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