Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
The Learner and the Learning Environment
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Bibliographic exercise  500 Words  25%
Semester Assessment Placement Portfolio  2500 words - The module will incorporate a minimum 40 hours of placement to allow students to observe and practice the pedagogical theories outlined in lectures and seminars.  75%
Supplementary Assessment Placement Portfolio  All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40 %  75%
Supplementary Assessment Bibliographic exercise  All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40 % 500 Words  25%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Understand how educational settings are organised and managed.

Evaluate the importance of the environment on learning

Reflect on their own practices and observations in relation to the learning environment

Brief description

This module will outline the characteristics of an effective learning environment. It will evaluate the design, organization and management of learning environments and assess the role of the practitioner in developing and maintaining and effective learning environments. The module will delve into the pedagogical theories that underpin effective learning environments and offer students the opportunity to critically evaluate the impact of the learning environment on learners, through a work placement portfolio.


Week 1- Characteristics of learning environments
Week 2- Inclusive learning environments
Week 3- Professional practice and preparation for placements.
Week 4- Theoretical perspectives of effective learning environments 1
Week 5- Theoretical perspectives of effective learning environments 2
Week 6- Practical approaches to designing learning environments
Week 7- Interactions between environment, the practitioner, and the learner
Week 8- Risk assessment and safety
Week 9- Outdoor learning environments.
Week 10- Reflecting on placement observations and assignment support.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students may analyze numerical data in researching their assignments.
Communication Students will have the opportunity to develop their written and oral communication skills. Oral presentation skills will be developed through in class discussions and written skills will be developed through the assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be required to undertake self-directed study in terms of the wider reading and assignment preparation. Attendance in sessions will enhance a range of learning skills.
Information Technology Students will be required to utilize IT in the presentation of class and assessed work. Students will be encouraged to use the VLE as an additional IT resource.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will develop a range of transferable skills including time management, team work, communication and evaluative skills. The placement aspect of the module will provide an opportunity for students to work in their chosen field of education.
Problem solving Students will be expected to evaluate problems in the design of learning environments in their placements
Research skills Students will be required to research and identify appropriate academic sources as part of their module assignments.
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop a range of skills in the design of effective learning environments and how these can be used to enhance learning
Team work Seminars will provide opportunities for team work throughout.


This module is at CQFW Level 4