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Learning outcomes based higher education: the Scottish experience

The relationship between learning outcomes

and student workload

February 21st 2008

Dr Anne McGillivray, Dean Lifelong Learning


Curriculum Design experience

  • Programme Specification

    • Programme Overview (22)

    • Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy (26)

    • External and Internal Reference Points used to inform Programme Outcomes (27)

      “all modules within a programme have learning outcomes consistent with SCQF guidelines”

      “programmes are further mapped to external subject benchmarks”


Curriculum Design experience

  • Employability and Personal Development Planning (28)

    “enabling students to take responsibility for their own learning through evaluation, planning and self reflection”

    “…. regular interviews with the Principal, review of each year’s work and decisions for the next stage of preparation, students are encouraged and enabled to take responsibility for their own learning…and identify areas for further personal development”


Curriculum Design experience

  • Work Based Learning/Placement Details (29)

  • QAA Code of practice on Work based and Placements

  • Interview

  • Personal follow-up

  • Learning Agreement

  • Placement Support

  • Supervision

  • Assessment


Programme Learning Outcomes experience

By level

120 SCQF credits/ECTS 60 per level

(1200 effort hours per academic year for a full-time student)

  • Knowledge and Understanding

  • Applied Knowledge and Understanding

  • Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

  • Generic Cognitive Skills – Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

  • Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others


Module Descriptor experience

SCQF: 20 points (10 ECTS) (200 notional effort hours)

Student Learning Hours

(Normally totalling 200 hours)

Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities


Module Questionnaire for Students experience

Students’ Expectations

Section A Within Teaching Time

Section C Outwith Teaching Time


Learning Outcomes experience

  • Recognise teaching efficiencies

  • Recognise extent of student preparedness for progression

  • Inform employers about the capabilities and skills students have acquired

  • Enable student transfer, credit accumulation, mobility, FLEXIBILITY

  • Promote lifelong learning

  • Contribute to the maintenance of academic standards


Learning Outcomes and Student Workload experience

  • The amount of effort to achieve learning outcomes may vary for many valid reasons!

  • However, the student should expect to spend at least

  • 200 hours per 20 point module (10 ECTS).

  • 1,200 hours for full-time 120 point academic session (60 ECTS)

  • 4,800 hours for honours degree qualification (480 SCQF, 240 ECTS)


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