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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC1415 How Do Learners Learn

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Anita Collins

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to develop students' understanding of the nature and complexities of learning and the implications for lifelong education. It will do this through a variety of methods including detailed observation, group discussions, lectures and seminars.Students will be made aware of some of the ongoing debates about learning and will be required to explore different perspectives and approaches.


Explore psychological, social and environmental aspects of learning in relation to relevant theories of learning
Appreciate learning as a complex activity
Analyse the relationship between the nature of learning and the process of teaching.

Learning outcomes
1. Identify and show understanding of a range of theories of learning
2. Demonstrate an understanding of learning as a complex activity
3. Demonstrate an understanding of psychological, social and environmental factors which affect learning
4. Apply theories to own experience and in relation to different learners and contexts

Skills outcomes
As part of this module, students will develop a range of digital literacy skills. Further details are provided in the module handbook


Indicative Content

- The Learning environment, including social and emotional factors impacting on learning
- Introduction to theories of learning; behaviourism, cognitivism, social constructivism, humanism
- Intelligence and learning styles
- Motivation
- Memory and learning
- Attention, perception, concentration and learning

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Reading: 80 hours
- Preparation for seminars: 20 hours
- Preparation of assignments: 80 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be ongoing monitoring of student progress throughout the module via student engagement in and contributions to lecture and seminars, and via formative feedback on reflective writing and assignment drafts. There will also be tutorials to monitor progress. Access to tutors is always available via e-mail and telephone.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words70.00
Online AssessmentOn-line Quiz30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/05/2022 16:33:43


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