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MN50742: Managing and enhancing teaching and research

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment detail for this unit will be available shortly. (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
This unit aims to equip students with a deep conceptual understanding of the theoretical foundations of pedagogy, curriculum and research management in higher education (HE). It aims to develop students' ability to apply critically and creatively relevant bodies of management knowledge concerning the role of centralised initiatives to enhance learning, teaching and research to specific problems in their own professional areas whilst taking account of the interdependencies between the various areas and functions of universities. The unit also aims to stimulate systematic and independent thought in managing teaching and learning, curriculum transformation or research enhancement in their organisational roles.

Learning Outcomes:

* Critical awareness of the key areas of operations management and the relationship between operations strategy and business strategy in driving improvement in teaching and research, both within and between universities in international partnerships
* Ability to take an international perspective in understanding the impact of external measures of accountability on the research and teaching functions of higher education in different countries

Students who successfully complete this unit should develop:
* The ability to identify, reflect upon and engage critically with current research and advanced scholarship in the field of international higher education curriculum reform, pedagogy and research management.
* The ability to acquire and analyse data and information about the quality of teaching and research in HE, to evaluate its relevance and validity, and to synthesise it in the context of strategic university management
* The ability to deal systematically and creatively with complex issues of HE learning, teaching and research management, make sound judgements in the absence of complete information, and to communicate their conclusions clearly and competently to a range of audiences
* The ability to reflect on their learning in the unit and current professional practice with a view to integrate new knowledge concerning teaching and research management with past experience and effectively apply it to their current role.
* The ability to develop a holistic perspective on a university as an organisation and think strategically about how the different functions relate to one another in supporting teaching and research.
All skills are initially taught/delivered in seminars, and then facilitated through team, problem-structuring, problem-based learning and individual work. All skills should also be evident in the final assessed work.

Typical content covered in the unit includes:
* International best practice in managing HE teaching and research
* Managing and motivating staff in enhancing quality in teaching and learning
* Internationalisation and critical pedagogy
* Curriculum transformation and the incorporation of global and local knowledge
* Working with national systems of accountability in research and teaching
* Strategic research administration and the role of the university research office
* Internationalising research and widening impact
* Managing the teaching-research nexus
The unit will also address a range of related concepts and issues such as multicultural, cross-cultural, intercultural and culturally inclusive curricula in HE; standardisation of curricula across international contexts; developing departmental cultures where learning and teaching are valued; gendered access to international research activity and collaboration.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50742 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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