Teaching and assessment
for Health Sciences (Professional Doctorate) DHSci
Teaching will be delivered by blended learning, you will attend face-to-face sessions on campus twice per year (January and June), for six days on each occasion. For the remainder of the time, you will engage in online teaching and learning, and self-directed study.
There will be emphasis on active learning, using participatory approaches, such as interactive workshops, seminars, group work, one-to-one supervision (in the thesis stage), and web conferences.
The Professional Doctorates have been designed to enhance your professional development and enable you to progress as ‘researching professionals’ within your own setting. To achieve this, we deploy teaching and learning activities that include group work to tackle issues in interdisciplinary ways, using this as a vehicle for deeper learning and understanding.
Each module assessment includes subject-specific components to evaluate your knowledge and understanding of the module topics. This is achieved through:
- written coursework
- continuous assessment
- blog entries
- oral presentations
- peer / self-review
- group projects
You are also expected to develop core programme skills throughout your studies and some of these, including digital literacy, critical thinking, and writing, are tested across the modules. Others, such as applying the principles of design-thinking and honing your dissemination and implementation skills, are linked to specific modules.
The thesis is the culmination of the Professional Doctorate programme and tests your intellectual skills, creativity, problem-solving, and ability to manage a complex and challenging piece of work.
In all written assessment work, you are expected to use a wide range of evidence to support your work.
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