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Work on the Theme at Edinburgh Napier

Our approach in Phase 1, 2011-12


The first, 'scoping', phase of the Theme concentrated on identifying key areas and topics for the sector to focus on in future years. As part of this work, staff from the University's Academic Practice team hosted one of three regional 'roadshows' on the Theme in February 2012 and contributed to the resulting  sector summary report. They also wrote the National DSC briefing paper Curriculum: directions, decisions and debate, which has been helpful in stimulating discussion within the sector. The University was also required to submit three case studies to the QAA during 2011-12 and these focused on the Academic Portfolio Review that took place during trimester one; curriculum design using technology enhanced learning on the BA (Hons) Youth Work programme; and sharing control in module design and delivery on the fourth year honours module Advances in Ecology.  Please see below for our case studies and reports during 2011-12.


Edinburgh Napier case studies and institutional update reports from 2011-12:

 DSC Case Study sharing control.docx

 DSC End of Year Report.docx
 DSC Case Study TEL BA Youth Work.docx
 Edinburgh Napier DSC Case Study 1 APR.docx
 Curriculum: directions, decisions and debate


Our approach in Phase 2, 2012-13

The Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Theme is now entering its second year. At a national level, phase 2 will include a focus on three specific topics:

  • Curriculum for Excellence and its impact on higher education
  • The flexible curriculum
  • Staff: enhancing teaching

These topics were identified through an analysis of institutional DSC priorities during Phase 1 undertaken by Professor Terry Mayes: see his synthesis of the first year.


Each of the above topics will be taken forward this year through commissioned work supported by national steering committee working groups. Institutions will also be invited to engage with those who are undertaking this work and with outputs resulting from the work.


 Edinburgh Napier's institutional programme of work for 2012-13 was submitted in November 2012. The Theme will be used internally to draw together, and provide a context for, various ongoing strands of work within the University that are highly relevant to curriculum development. We hope to run a number of internal workshops and symposia during this academic year to increase staff awareness of, and contribution to, work on the Theme.