Course Design and Development

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Tuesday 22 April 2025
Friday 27 June 2025
21 September 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

DIP B904MO Medical and Clinical Education,
MSC B904MO Medical and Clinical Education

Module description

This module allows participants to consider the factors involved in designing and developing a health professions curriculum.

Participants will be able to demonstrate leadership and innovation in designing units of learning that optimise the experiences and achievements of learners in the health professions. Participants will critically engage with the political, philosophical and regulatory discourses that frame and constraints health professions education and undertake course design and development in context.

Module aims

This module will enable health care practitioners to design and develop high quality, innovative training and education for others, in the academic and practice environment.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

1. Design and develop appropriate and innovative face to face and/or online curricula for healthcare practitioners

2. Critically evaluate the professional philosophies that underpin healthcare curriculum development

3. Identify and critically evaluate the educational assumptions underpinning, and the political context surrounding, healthcare curriculum development.

Module information

Curriculum is a contested concept but is also the most fundamental in terms of defining education. In this module participants will explore approaches to curriculum design and development in health professions education. The curriculum in health professions education is complexified by the often competing political, regulatory and professional factors that influence it. Designing and developing curricula that satisfy these competing demands requires critical understanding of the context of professional education as a domain that resides within both higher education institutions and service providers and critical innovation in addressing the challenge of producing health professionals for the future.

Minimum enrolment
Please note that if insufficient numbers of students (i.e. <10) opt to take this module we may have to cancel it at short notice. If this is the case we will of course notify anyone who has applied to take this course in a particular term as soon as possible and offer an opportunity to discuss alternative options.

Learning and teaching methods

Three full days of face to face contact using a range of teaching and learning strategies. Classroom-based sessions are supported by, and consolidated with, technology-enhanced learning. Individual supervision and formative feedback


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   3000 word Summative Portfolio    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sagaradevi Barratt, email: barrattc@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Sagaradevi Barratt
David Bidwell E: CPD@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Prof Guillaume Alinier
Hamad Medical Corporation
Director of Research
Available via Moodle
Of 24 hours, 24 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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