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OPT029: Clinical teaching, education and assessment

This module is aimed at practitioners with an interest in clinical teaching or supervision at undergraduate or postgraduate level, including pre-registration and specialist level.

This module has a particular emphasis on:

  • developing new ways of teaching
  • collaborating with fellow clinical teachers
  • undergraduate and postgraduate education for clinical practitioners
  • using feedback for on-going professional development.

It is delivered and assessed online, giving you the opportunity to explore online methods of learning, assessment and interaction.

You will explore the theory and application of teaching and assessment methods in the context of your own clinical profession. The module would therefore be of interest to clinical teaching practitioners across a range of clinical professions.

This is a distance learning only module and you will be asked to record a teaching session as part of their practical assessment but there is no university based practical element.

Start dateMarch
Credits10 credits
Module tutorsMarek Karas
Tuition fees£620 - UK and EU students
£1155 - Students from outside the EU
*Please contact us for EU fees.
Module codeOPT029

Learning objectives

On completion of the module you should be able to:

  • critically reflect a knowledge of complex, controversial and/ or contentious issues related to teaching in UK optometry and healthcare
  • evaluate and apply modern key concepts of health care education and assessment and be able to apply them to challenges within your own environment and practice
  • explore, critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate evidence-based literature, and concepts in education and teaching methods to inform the development of teaching practice
  • present balanced and informed arguments, incorporating critical judgment and decision making in written work
  • effectively reflect on and evaluate learning
  • problem solve and develop recommendations based on evidence and sound judgment
  • address and reflect on the benefit of inter-professional teamwork in the delivery of teaching.

How the module will be delivered

This module is taught via 20 audio podcasts, delivered via Learning Central, the University’s e-learning system, with supporting resources and references integral to the module.

The podcasts present bite size teaching and learning theory linked to the supplied resources and references. Students will select podcasts that are relevant to their professional teaching context and interests. It is expected that students will study between 10 and 15 podcasts plus associated resources during the module.

The coursework you will complete addresses many of the areas that an application for a qualification in teaching will require - theory of teaching, theory of assessment and evidence of teaching. Past students have used their work as the basis for such applications, an example being the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. The pieces of coursework you complete will begin to form a portfolio of your study and application of teaching practice.

Discussion boards accessed via Learning Central will provide a platform for students to discuss any questions or queries that come up throughout the term with both the course tutors and their peers.

This module takes one semester to complete.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Academic skills

  • Advance your own knowledge and understanding
  • Collate and synthesise information from several resources to improve learning
  • Write concisely and clearly for the academic and clinical community
  • Interpret data

Generic skills

  • Manage projects and time
  • Work independently
  • Use a range of IT software packages and online resources
  • Problem solving

Syllabus content

  • Theory of learning styles and motivation for study
  • Theory and evidence for teaching practices of clinicians
  • Supporting development of independent learning and study skills in adults
  • Creating a learning culture and the language of teaching
  • Clinical demonstrating and clinical supervising
  • Using case based learning strategies in clinical  teaching
  • Educational theory and research into assessment practice
  • Work based assessment
  • Designing assessment to facilitate learning in clinical practice
  • Peer review and peer assessment
  • Self-assessment and reflective practice
  • Critical reflection on personal and professional development
  • Methods to give effective feedback to students
  • Designing different ways to collect feedback from students and peers
  • Reflecting on learning and ongoing professional development

How the module will be assessed


This work does not carry a mark. It is compulsory and must be completed to finish the module.

Students will be asked to present to the group on one method of teaching along with a supporting evidenced based critique of their choices. This will be delivered to a group webinar.


  • Written Coursework (50%): Students will add to their reflective portfolio by undertaking a written assignment on assessment methods designed to allow focus on application of the module content to students’ own planned or actual clinical teaching.
  • Practical assessment (50%): Students will demonstrate their practical skills via preparation and delivery of a short teaching session that they will record. They will gather feedback from their students and then from their peers. They will then present an evaluation of their teaching session as part of a joint online assessment day.