In the rapidly evolving further and higher education sectors the design and delivery of courses needs to take into consideration a range of new requirements.
- Modular courses should offer flexible study programmes that are able to address the abilities, interests and ambitions of individual students.
- The delivery of courses should exploit the learning possibilities associated with independent learning packs and work placements, for appropriate students.
- Strategic curriculum planning is required to ensure course provision reflects the needs of employers, students and the wider community.
- Courses should be financially viable on the basis of effective timetabling, and the efficient use of staff resources.
Such requirements make new demands on the professional skills of lecturers, resource managers and timetabling staff. The consultancy has extensive experience of developing in-service courses for staff at all levels in colleges and universities and a detailed understanding of the factors affecting course design and delivery. This enables the provision of support for staff which can extend from timetabling seminars to extended curriculum related studies involving institution or classroom based action research.
Queen Margaret University,
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© Keith Hunter
The paper Types of Modular Courses and their Timetabling Implications, accessed via the link below, illustrates the type of material that may be supplied to enhance the professional skills of lecturers and timetablers. This paper is an Acrobat (.pdf) document.