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Learning and Teaching

A diverse range of learning and teaching methods will be used throughout your chosen Programme, and will reflect the module content and your developing knowledge and expertise. All modules will have a formalised teaching and learning structure which will employ, for example, formal lectures, seminars, workshops, skills laboratories and case scenarios, as and when appropriate. The modular structure also includes and embraces the teaching and learning opportunities available in the clinical environment which include lectures, seminars, and the acquisition of knowledge and skills through the practical experience in which you engage.

The School acknowledges that you and your colleagues will commence with different levels of knowledge, understanding, skills and experiences; it also recognises that such a situation can, and will, enrich the learning and teaching provision. The use of discussions, debates and group work activities, therefore, will enable and encourage you to learn from your peers, recognising and valuing the rich contribution that each member of the cohort brings with them.

Core Themes

In seeking to assist your development from novice to professional practitioner, capable of independent thought and action, your chosen Programme provides you with a coherent framework. The appropriate knowledge, skills, understanding and professional attributes and competences for your chosen field are framed within the core themes of professional awareness, provision of individualised patient care and multidisciplinary team working. You will apply your knowledge and understanding in the clinical context in the provision of individualised patient care. During this provision you will develop professional awareness within your role and an understanding of group dynamics within the care team.

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are an essential component of your learning during your time at the School, which provides you with the opportunity to develop, or continue to enhance, lifelong learning skills and provide the basis for continuing personal and professional development. One example is that of the communication of ideas and team work, which are an integral part of practice and therefore seen in all modules.

You will also have the opportunity to attend University-approved courses provided by the Careers Service, and by the Students' Union, which focus on transferable skills. Clinical Educators, Mentors and Personal Tutors will provide you with appropriate support, as well as confirm that you have engaged in the Personal Development Planning process.

Learning and Teaching Methods

A wide and diverse range of learning and teaching methods will be used throughout your chosen Programme to reflect the module content and your developing skills. To assist you in the early development of the ability to recognise, manage and direct your own learning, study skills and reflection skills will be introduced at the beginning of your study and re-visited throughout.

Students in Tŷ Dewi Sant

The learning and teaching provided in the University and based in Tŷ Dewi Sant in Cardiff incorporates the most relevant techniques and includes locally available subject experts. Facilities at Tŷ Dewi Sant provide opportunity for formal theory, practical teaching and smaller rooms for group tutorials and group teaching. The library and computer facilities allow for self-directed and directed learning, as well as computer-based learning. Other nearby specialist facilities may be used as part of your chosen programme, for example, facilities such as The Welsh Institute of Minimal Access Therapy or the Anatomy Laboratory in the School of Biosciences which provides opportunity for anatomical demonstrations.

Students on Clinical Practice Placement

You will be learning throughout the years of your chosen Programme, utilising each learning opportunity as it arises. Having a well managed learning environment is, therefore, of critical importance for the success of your studies. Full details of the provision of clinical placement learning can be found in your Clinical Placement Handbook.

Student-directed and Group Work Learning

As you develop study skills and a critical approach to learning, so you will begin to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and development. To assist these processes you will be guided to study during your own time as well as during clinical practice placements. As you progress through your studies, you will, equipped with knowledge of the module requirements and the relevant bibliography, be able to organise and manage your own learning.

In acknowledgement of the diversity and culture that you and your colleagues bring, peer learning through group working is used as appropriate. Whole group and small group learning will be used, with feedback and presentations opportunities when relevant. Group learning with peers and with an academic tutor is also an integral part of the learning and teaching strategy.

Internet and Blackboard

You will be given tutorials and teaching from the School's IT Lecturer on the use of the Internet for study purposes. You are encouraged to familiarise yourself with the tools necessary for activities such as Library catalogue and database searching, ethical and sensible scholarly Internet searching and sources and appropriate software packages for academic work. Use, remote access and benefits of Blackboard are also taught to you to provide structure to your personal study time by the provision of a gateway to appropriate resources.

Directed Study

Not all your learning can be provided through direct contact with University lecturers, nor is it in your best interest for such ‘spoon feeding’ of knowledge. You will develop your knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways, as demonstrated by the diverse teaching techniques and challenging clinical placement opportunities. One method used to reinforce learning, or to provide a context for the theory whilst on placement, is that of directed learning. You will be encouraged during module learning to engage in certain clinical activities, or to study a specific area in need of development, that will move learning towards understanding linked to skills acquisition.