HUM50010 Tutor Training for Arts

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is offered as part of the structured PhD and presents an important career development opportunity to help prepare you for an academic position or a range of other career paths. It is designed to support you in your role as a postgraduate tutor and to develop and enhance your skills and confidence as a university teacher. The module is available to all postgraduate tutors in the College of Arts and Humanities and was developed in partnership with experienced tutors from a range of Arts and Humanities disciplines with funding from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The module focuses on your needs and priorities as a postgraduate tutor, with each learning unit addressing different parts of your role, from planning and delivering classes, to facilitating learning within the classroom, to assessment and feedback. Each unit offers hands-on support, guidance and advice to assist you in your ongoing work as a tutor, and throughout the module you will be encouraged to critically reflect upon, develop, and enhance your teaching practice in the context of the modules on which you are tutoring. Peer learning is a key aspect of the module so you will be invited to share your experiences with tutors from different disciplines and learn from each other. The module complements tutor support structures within your school and modules but focuses more broadly on developing your skills in teaching, learning and assessment. And through the critically reflective practice that the module fosters and encourages, you will further refine a range of transferable skills such as presentation and communication skills, active listening, constructive feedback, emotional sensitivity, complex problem-solving skills, and flexibility.

Please note that you must be teaching at least one hour per week when you take this module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module, you will be able to:
1. Create structured lesson plans and accessible learning resources that engage students and support module teaching, learning and assessment outcomes.
2. Critically evaluate a variety of teaching and learning methods to facilitate student learning across a range of classes, modules, and stages, and different student abilities, learning styles, and cultures.
3. Utilize the potential of the VLE to support students and module outcomes, and critically evaluate different educational technologies available to support teaching, learning and assessment activities.
4. Contribute to the assessment of a module by grading with accuracy and consistency, providing fair and constructive feedback, and helping to ensure academic integrity.
5. Understand school and university policies regarding the role, duties and responsibilities of the tutor as part of a teaching team and under the direction of a module coordinator.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction: Preparing for your First Teaching experience
Lesson Planning I: Teaching to Module Outcomes
Teaching Strategies I: Teaching Style
Teaching Strategies II: Engaging Students
Assessment I: Grading
Lesson planning II: Peer Observation
Teaching strategies III: Facilitating Group Work
Assessment II: Feedback
Supporting Students
Review: Enhancing Practice

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Small Group


Seminar (or Webinar)


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a practice-based module, which means that your work for the module will be rooted in your current practice as a tutor. In the module you will critically reflect on your teaching practice and be supported as you explore new approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.

You must be teaching at least one hour per week when you take this module.

Module Delivery
This is a blended module that combines online learning materials on Brightspace with some traditional face-to-face teaching to allow busy tutors the flexibility to fit the work around your teaching responsibilities, PhD research, and other commitments. The module will be offered over twelve weeks (beginning two weeks before the start of the semester) but you are free to engage with the learning materials at times that suit you. You are required to attend three synchronous sessions over the course of the semester and you will also be part of a semi-formal peer group that will meet once a week. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Engagement with peer group throughout the semester, with critical reflection and verification form at the end of the process. Throughout the Trimester n/a Other No


Portfolio: Submit four out of eight portfolio exercises Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Other No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

You will have the option to complete eight portfolio exercises throughout the semester but will be required to submit four for formal assessment. You are invited to submit drafts of the portfolio exercises for feedback from the module coordinator. You are also encouraged to give and receive formative feedback within your peer groups.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Lucy Collins Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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