Study Abroad at Stranmillis

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Stranmillis has developed a number of bespoke modules specifically designed to enrich your study abroad experience, providing opportunities to learn about the history, heritage and culture of Ireland and develop your intercultural skills. Students will received a transcript from QUB detailing the modules taken and grades achieved. Your home institution will advise on how study abroad credits will be applied to your academic record.

You will be provided with opportunities to learn about the history, heritage and culture of Ireland and develop your intercultural skills.

Recommended Modules

Stranmillis has developed the following modules to enrich your understanding of the history, heritage and culture of Ireland and develop your intercultural skills.

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (SEO2003)

This module provides an introduction to this history of Northern Ireland and considers the importance of peacebuilding and reconciliation in a society emerging from a violent political conflict. You will also explore the role of educators as peace builders and consider how teachers can embrace cultural and ethnic diversity in their classrooms to promote social justice.

Northern Ireland Culture and Education (SEO2001)

With an emphasis on schools and the curriculum, the module examines the Northern Ireland education system and curriculum, past and present, contrasting it with other systems globally. It also looks at cultural influences and patterns. Current issues and challenges covered include inclusivity in education, educational selection at age 11 and religious and social segregation and integration.

Young People, Community and Culture (EDC7066)

The module examines trends in youth culture and the implications for the personal, social and emotional development of young people. Student will gain a better understanding of youth culture and adolescent development and how historical changes and social and cultural trends affect and influence young people. Students are encouraged to put theory into practice by undertaking a placement module in a community or youth work setting.

Contemporary Approaches to Teaching Languages (SCS3042 /SCS3085)

The focus of this module is the teaching of languages to young children. Students will explore and discuss the history of second language teaching. Students will also become familiar with the theories and methodology of second language learning and acquisition. Through observation of good practice and teaching, the students will relate practice to theory and develop teaching materials in the context of the Northern Ireland Curriculum and Languages Strategy.

Children’s Literature (SCS3016)

This module investigates a range of texts written for children, including traditional tales, picture books, fantasy, realistic fiction, historical fiction and poetry. There will be a focus on the ways in which each literary genre displays differing conventions in language and in structure. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops and deliver lessons in local schools.

MODULE OPTIONS

Primary Education
ModuleCATSECTSUS CreditsSemester 1 (Autumn)
or 2 (Spring)
Northern Ireland Culture & Education20 or 1010 or 55 or 2.51 & 2
Peacebuilding & Reconciliation 20 or 1010 or 55 or 2.51 & 2
Young People, Community & Culture20 or 1010 or 55 or 2.51 & 2
School Based Work 201052
Language and Learning1052.51
Mathematics & Numeracy1052.51
Working with Parents201051
Autistic Spectrum Disorders201051
Leadership in Diversity & Mutual Understanding201051
Childrens Literature201051
Children with Special and Additional Needs201051
Contemporary Issues in Pastoral Care201051
Working with Disadvantaged Pupils201051
Writing, Popular Culture and the Child201051
Contemporary Approaches to the Teaching of Languages201051
Reading & Writing201052
Mathematics & Numeracy201052
Fundamental Movements201052
Learning & Assessment in Diverse Classrooms201052
Curriculum Studies – Arts (Art/Drama/Music)1052.52
Curriculum Studies – WAU1052.52
Module Descriptors - Primary Education

School Based Work – International (SSW2017 /SSW2018)
Introduce students to the Northern Ireland curriculum and the classroom.  Students will be placed in a school for at least 20 days and they will start to build professional competence in the classroom. They will complete a portfolio of evidence reflecting their developing competence. Students will be supported by a tutor in college and in school.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders (SES3072)
The module covers issues in the education of children with ASD in the mainstream school; current approaches; the prevalence and nature of sensory processing and individual learning styles; the relationship between sensory processing and individual learning styles; the impact of sensory processing difficulties on learning, classroom behaviour and social relationships in school; the implementation of appropriate interventions in the classroom to address sensory processing difficulties and to enhance learning; and the application of current literature to provide an evidence base for practice.

Children’s Literature (SCS3016)
This module investigates a range of texts written for children, including traditional tales, picture books, fantasy, realistic fiction, historical fiction and poetry. There will be a focus on the ways in which each literary genre displays differing conventions in language and in structure.

Children with Special and Additional Needs (SES3009)
The module will provide students with the opportunity to study concepts and contexts of special/additional needs in contemporary settings and to gain skills of assessment, curriculum planning and collaborative working. By focusing on a number of specific learning needs students will consider issues in addressing individual needs in diverse classrooms and consider the psychological theories that underpin current approaches to intervention. Consideration will be given to cultural, economic, managerial and pedagogical issues raised by current policy on inclusion.  Includes 5 days of observation in a special school.

Contemporary Approaches to the Teaching of Languages (SCS3042) 
The focus of this module is the teaching of languages to young children. The theories of language development will be discussed. Students will explore and discuss the history of second language teaching from the grammar translation to the modern day communicative and immersion approaches. Students will become familiar with the theories and methodology of second language learning and acquisition. The European Council recommendations and the European portfolio will be discussed. Through observation of good practice and teaching, the students will relate practice to theory and develop teaching materials in the context of the Northern Ireland Curriculum and Languages Strategy.  Includes teaching one language lesson per week in a school.

Contemporary Issues in Pastoral Care (SES3041)
The module addresses current sensitive issues in pastoral care which are relevant to beginning teachers both in Primary and Post-Primary contexts and considers a number of contemporary pastoral issues and in each case considers possible responses on the part of the class teacher and the school. The areas covered include bullying, child protection, domestic violence, separation and divorce, bereavement, self-harm and suicide. The module will require students to engage critically with local, national and international research in each area, and to consider how research findings relate to everyday practice in schools.

Curriculum Studies – Arts (Art/Drama/Music) (SCS2010)
This module will provide a working understanding of the content and teaching methods associated with the Arts in the primary school curriculum. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the thematic approach to teaching content within this area of learning.

Curriculum Studies – World Around Us (SCS2013)
This module will provide a working understanding of the content and teaching methods associated with WAU in the primary school curriculum. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the thematic approach to teaching content within this area of learning.

Fundamental Movements (SCS3053/ECS2014)
The module will train students in Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) Programme designed to systematically teach basic movement patterns to young children. The module will focus on the role of the adult in planning and implementing purposeful activities which will promote FMS. Students will be encouraged to observe children’s physical development and motor skill as a means of assessing children physical abilities and plan play opportunities to help children practice, experiment and become proficient in FMS.

Language and Learning (SCS3055)
This module will focus on enabling students to promote and develop literacy effectively in the context of the revised Northern Ireland Curriculum for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. There will be sessions devoted to developing talking and listening, reading and writing in cross-curricular learning areas, on enabling pupils to become active makers of meaning in both reading and writing, and on developing collaborative work and thinking skills in the context of communication skills. There will be a focus on analysing and responding to the needs of strugglers with reading and writing, and on creative activities at all stages to develop pupils’ confidence and abilities in integrating the four skills of talking, listening, reading and writing.

Learning & Assessment in Diverse Classrooms (SES2006)
This module considers the different learning styles and needs of individual pupils, set in the context of different learning theories. Students will critically examine inclusion in the modern, diverse classroom, identifying challenges and opportunities and evaluating strategies relevant to focus on social disadvantage, cultural diversity/English as an Additional Language and SEN (Down’s Syndrome), and will explore the nature, incidence and preventative strategies associated with school bullying. Students will also critically analyse issues in assessing children’s learning, with focus on Assessment for Learning strategies relevant to the primary and post-primary context.

Mathematics & Numeracy (SCS2008)
The students will develop a comprehensive concept of the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to be an effective teacher of numeracy in the primary classroom. The practical nature of the subject and the theoretical premise on which the subject is based will both be explored. The role of diagnostic procedures and assessment will be examined. Students will be introduced to the assessment and teaching of numeracy to children with special educational needs. The areas of mathematical language, problem solving and mathematical thinking will be specifically addressed. The development of mathematical processes will underpin the course.

Mathematics & Numeracy (SCS3056)
This course is concerned with the preparation of an appropriate and effective primary mathematics curriculum. Students will examine the requirements of the NI Curriculum for Mathematics and Numeracy and other relevant literature in relation to the topics addressed. Students will explore approaches to calculation, and contexts for developing knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. They will also extend their knowledge and understanding of assessment within mathematics.

Northern Ireland Culture and Education (SEO2001)  
The students will study the education system of Northern Ireland and compare and contrast it to their own. The students will explore specific geographical and historical aspects of Northern Ireland and will participate in fieldwork. English language sessions will enable students to develop English oral and written communicative skills, grammar and vocabulary.

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (SEO2003)
This module will explore peacebuilding and the role education can play in helping to rebuild post conflict societies. The relationship between reconciliation and justice will be examined through case study materials that will examine issues at an individual, community, national and global level. The role of schools, youth work agencies and religious groups play in building social cohesion and promoting peace will be examined.

Reading & Writing (SCS2009)
This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of literacy from preschool education through to Key Stage 2. There will be a strong focus on the reading process which will include aspects of organisation, management, assessment and good practice. The development of phonic skills and the promotion of phonic activities in the classroom particularly through an activity based approach will be studied. Students will also study the area of writing and investigate teachers and pupils as writers. Students will learn about the development of writing from early writing through to independent writing and gain an understanding of the importance of the range of writing genre that children should be exposed to. The use of ICT will be explored in terms of developing pupils’ literacy experiences in the classroom. There will be an element of personal literacy embedded in the module in terms of students exploring and analyzing own reading and writing skills.

Working with Disadvantaged Pupils (SES3055)
This module will initially offer critical insight into the central generic factors associated with disadvantage and the impact of children’s and young people’s learning and development. Links between disadvantage, adversities and learning will be subject to critical scrutiny throughout. Following this contextual analysis, the module will then critically consider the structure of community interventions with a focus on links with schools.

There are three main themes to the module: disadvantage, impact and interventions. These themes pose important questions about the nature of disadvantage and working with disadvantaged pupils. While they are presented separately during the course of the module, they are all interrelated.

Working with Parents (SES3071)
This module will provide students with opportunity to examine the historical perspective and rationale for parental involvement in their children’s education. Issues such as the parenting role and its relevance to education, the interaction of professionals and parents and suggested modules of children and professionals and parents working together will be studied. Involving fathers and working with grandparents will also be a key focus. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the range of parenting programmes that may be operating in some schools and also to look at some examples of good practice in working with parents.

Writing, Popular Culture and the Child (SES3083)
This module will explore how student teachers can develop their awareness of children’s out-of-school literacy lives which are shaped by popular culture. Literacy that involves new media and popular culture is often considered the opposite of traditional literacy. However, this module advocates drawing on both traditional pedagogical practice and contemporary popular culture to create an intertextualised and converged learning environment. The module will consider current policy initiatives on raising standards in literacy and will address the challenges in teaching writing in the digital age and motivating all children to write. The importance of accessing children’s views in accordance with Article 12 of the UNCRC will also be addressed with regard to giving children a voice in how popular culture might be included in the classroom for the purposes of writing. Students will have the chance to combine rhetoric with reality by teaching a range of writing lessons.

Young People, Community and Culture (EDC7066)
The module examines trends in youth culture and the implications for the personal, social and emotional development of young people. Student will gain a better understanding of youth culture and adolescent development and how historical changes and social and cultural trends affect and influence young people. Students are encouraged to put theory into practice by undertaking a placement module in a community or youth work setting.

 

Post-primary Education
CourseCATSECTSUS CreditsSemester
1 (Autumn) or 2 (Spring)
Northern Ireland Culture & Education20 or 1010 or 55 or 2.51 or 2
Peacebuilding & Reconciliation 20 or 1010 or 55 or 2.51 or 2
Young People, Community & Culture20 or 1010 or 55 or 2.51 or 2
School Based Work201052
Product Analysis, Design & Manufacture1052.51
Electronic Control Systems1052.51
Introduction to Enterprising Ideas1052.51
Marketing1052.51
Managing People1052.51
Topics in Teaching Maths201051
Advanced Maths Teaching 201051
Science Education201051
Literary Studies1052.51
Literary Studies and the Social Context1052.51
Current Issues in RE201051
Theology201051
Children with Special Additional Needs201051
Autistic Spectrum Disorders201051
Contemporary Issues in Pastoral Care201051
Working with Disadvantaged Pupils201051
Contemporary Approaches to Teaching of Languages201051
Philosophy of Religion & Ethics20 or 1010 or 55 or 2.51 or 2
Learning & Assessment in Diverse Classrooms201052
Contemporary Business 1052.52
Sharing Education1052.52
Essential Skills1052.52
Early Church History 1052.52
Reformation Church History1052.52
Eastern Religions 1052.52
Islam & Judaism 1052.52
Biblical Studies – New Testament10102.51 or 2
Biblical Studies – Old Testament 1052.51 or 2
Module Descriptors - Post-primary Education

School Based Work – International (SSW2017 /SSW2018)
Introduce students to the Northern Ireland curriculum and the classroom.  Students will be placed in a school for at least 20 days and they will start to build professional competence in the classroom. They will complete a portfolio of evidence reflecting their developing competence. Students will be supported by a tutor in college and in school.

Advanced Maths (SMT30360 (Runs Alternate Years)
This course aims to introduce students to some aspects of number theory.  Number theory contains many results which are easy to state but difficult to prove.  This topic has a long history and we include both results from thousands of years ago and recent breakthroughs.  We also look at coding and in particular the type of coding that underpins most secure electronic transactions today.  The emphasis is on modelling good practice in the teaching of a range of mathematical topics, on extending the students’ own understanding of the topics, on looking for cross-curricularity in the applications of these topics and on encouraging a deeper understanding of connected learning within mathematics. The topics covered will be chosen from: number theory and it applications to coding, foundations of mathematics including the definition of number and an analysis of sets, the history and development of mathematics and its application to the classroom.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders (SES3072)
The module covers issues in the education of children with ASD in the mainstream school; current approaches; the prevalence and nature of sensory processing and individual learning styles; the relationship between sensory processing and individual learning styles; the impact of sensory processing difficulties on learning, classroom behaviour and social relationships in school; the implementation of appropriate interventions in the classroom to address sensory processing difficulties and to enhance learning; and the application of current literature to provide an evidence base for practice.

Biblical Studies New Testament (SRS2014) (Runs Alternate Years)
This is a New Testament survey course. It covers the historical and geographical background of the New Testament; the synoptic gospels; Christology; exegesis of key texts; and key themes including salvation; the church; and mission.

Biblical Studies Old Testament (SRS2016) (Runs Alternate Years)
This is an Old Testament survey course. It covers the historical and geographical background; content and organisation of the Old Testament; introduction to selected books; exegesis of key texts; and key themes including the creation, covenant, the law, monarchy, the nation of Israel, exile and messianic prophecies.

Children with Special and Additional Needs (SES3009)
The module will provide students with the opportunity to study concepts and contexts of special/additional needs in contemporary settings and to gain skills of assessment, curriculum planning and collaborative working. By focusing on a number of specific learning needs students will consider issues in addressing individual needs in diverse classrooms and consider the psychological theories that underpin current approaches to intervention. Consideration will be given to cultural, economic, managerial and pedagogical issues raised by current policy on inclusion.  Includes 5 days of observation in a special school.

Contemporary Approaches to the Teaching of Languages (SCS3085) 
The focus of this module is the teaching of languages to young children. The theories of language development will be discussed. Students will explore and discuss the history of second language teaching from the grammar translation to the modern day communicative and immersion approaches. Students will become familiar with the theories and methodology of second language learning and acquisition. The European Council recommendations and the European portfolio will be discussed. Through observation of good practice and teaching, the students will relate practice to theory and develop teaching materials in the context of the Northern Ireland Curriculum and Languages Strategy.  Includes teaching one language lesson per week in a school.

Contemporary Business (SBS2005)
This module allows the students to explore a range of contemporary issues which are having an impact upon business enterprises. Topics to be explored should reflect current business practices and challenges including globalisation, e-commerce and the virtual organisation, business ethics and social responsibility and other hot-topics.

Contemporary Issues in Pastoral Care (SES3041)
The module addresses current sensitive issues in pastoral care which are relevant to beginning teachers both in Primary and Post-Primary contexts and considers a number of contemporary pastoral issues and in each case considers possible responses on the part of the class teacher and the school. The areas covered include bullying, child protection, domestic violence, separation and divorce, bereavement, self-harm and suicide. The module will require students to engage critically with local, national and international research in each area, and to consider how research findings relate to everyday practice in schools.

Current Issues in RE (SRS3078) (Runs Alternate Years)
The module will involve an in-depth study of current issues and recent research relating to the teaching of RE in primary and post-primary classrooms such as spirituality and RE, philosophical justifications of RE, effectiveness in RE and assessment in RE. There will also be an exploration of the role of Religious Education within the whole school.

Early Church History (SRS2007) (Runs Alternate Years)
The module examines early Church history from its beginnings up to the Council of Nicaea in 325AD. It will focus primarily on the worship and life of the early Church; the development of doctrine; the Church’s relationship with Roman society; heresy and controversy; the Apostolic Fathers.

Eastern Religions  (SRS2085 ) (Runs Alternate Years)
The module will include a study of Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, both in their indigenous and Northern Irish settings. Particular consideration will be given to an exploration of the origins, sacred texts, beliefs and practice, festivals and ceremonies within Eastern religions and students will be encouraged to engage in investigation of these areas through reflection and criticality. There will also be critical reflection on teaching about diversity and Eastern religions in the post-primary context.

Electronic Control Systems (STD3071)
The module covers knowledge of a range of specialized electrical and electronic components, systems and circuits; calculation of associated performance and operational characteristics: knowledge of a range of associated software for virtual operation, performance, design and construction; and delivery methods, and application procedures and constraints within an educational context

Essential Skills (SPS30200
This module will look at essential skills, giving students an understanding of the nature of essential skills, the ability required to teach a different constituency, the theoretical and social framework and other pertinent issues. It will be experiential in nature and require the student to synthesise the practical and theoretical aspects as a well as reflect on their own engagement with the subject. Students will be assessed using a portfolio containing practical, reflective and theoretical aspects.

The key components to the delivery of this module are: an overview of the rationale and characteristics of this important area; (1) students will collaborate with staff to select 2 key areas for in-depth study to equate with personal interest and expertise. This will be delivered in collaboration with current key professional practitioners within these chosen areas. (2) Students will be required to undertake a placement to enhance essential skills and professional learning in appropriate accredited centres.

Introduction to Enterprising Ideas (SBS1007)
Module content includes an overview of the term ‘enterprise’; the generation of enterprising ideas; anaudit of existing enterprises in the NI economy; the role of enterprising businesses in NI; the aims and objectives of an enterprising business; and the roles, skills, styles and characteristics and attributes of an enterprising manager

Islam & Judaism (SRS2013) (Runs Alternate Years)
The module will include a study of Islam and Judaism in their indigenous and diaspora settings. Particular consideration will be given to an exploration of origins, beliefs and practices, sacred texts, festivals and ceremonies. Students will be encouraged to engage in investigation of these areas through reflection and criticality. There will also be critical reflection on teaching about diversity in the post-primary context.

Learning & Assessment in Diverse Classrooms (SES2076)
This module considers the different learning styles and needs of individual pupils, set in the context of different learning theories. Students will critically examine inclusion in the modern, diverse classroom, identifying challenges and opportunities and evaluating strategies relevant to focus on social disadvantage, ability and SEN (hearing impairment, visual impairment, Down’s Syndrome), and will explore the nature, incidence and preventative strategies associated with school bullying. Students will also critically analyse issues in assessing children’s learning, with a focus on Assessment for Learning strategies relevant to the primary and post-primary context.

Literary Studies (SEN3022)
This module is designed to develop further understanding of the primacy of the text in literary study through textual analysis of drama, prose and poetry. Students will see how language operates in a particular historical and social context in the three literary genres.

Literary Studies and the Social Context (SEN1007)
This module is designed to develop further understanding of the primacy of the text in literary study through textual analysis of drama, prose and poetry. Students will see how language operates in a particular historical and social context in the three literary genres. Students will have opportunities to apply this study of language and literature through a focus on how to integrate the skills of reading, talking and listening in the classroom.

Managing People (SBS2025)
This module allows students an opportunity to study the management of people in organisations and to distinguish between the management and leadership role in an organisation; the strategic importance of human resource management; human resource planning issues and the impact of the legal and regulatory framework; the main theories of motivation and their relevance to particular work situations; and factors influencing job satisfaction and the subsequent relationship with work performance.

Marketing (SBS1009)
This module allows students an opportunity to study: the place and function of marketing within a mixed economy, and a continued evolving business environment, locally, nationally and internationally; the marketing environment and how it impacts on marketing strategy; types of marketing; the main components of marketing theory (core marketing principles); marketing research and the increasing use of marketing information systems; and the construction of a marketing strategy and the elements to be included in a marketing plan.

Northern Ireland Culture and Education (SEO2001)  
The students will study the education system of Northern Ireland and compare and contrast it to their own. The students will explore specific geographical and historical aspects of Northern Ireland and will participate in fieldwork. English language sessions will enable students to develop English oral and written communicative skills, grammar and vocabulary.

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (SEO2003)
This module will explore peacebuilding and the role education can play in helping to rebuild post conflict societies. The relationship between reconciliation and justice will be examined through case study materials that will examine issues at an individual, community, national and global level. The role of schools, youth work agencies and religious groups play in building social cohesion and promoting peace will be examined.

Philosophy of Religion and Ethics (SRS3070)
Selected arguments for the existence of God; life after death; miracles; problem of evil; religious experience; religious language; selected ethical theories; selected topics in practical ethics; work of selected philosophers.

Product Analysis, Design & Manufacture (STD3072)
Students will work in unfamiliar contexts and engage in product design and analysis. Such engagement will involve designing and making: the user and the market: product analysis: disassembly, ergonomics and anthropometrics;

  • design thinking
  • product development
  • planning and production
  • product evaluation

In addition, consideration will be given to product design and technological innovation. Responsibility will be given to the students to initiate and complete a project to meet either a need or opportunity that has been identified by a client. Opportunities will be given to the learner to demonstrate competence in the utilisation of particular technologies to meet the requirements of a negotiated design specification. The project will be integrative and holistic in nature and will give the students the opportunity to demonstrate capability through application of knowledge and experience to an unfamiliar situation. Students will undertake a short period of industrial placement.

Reformation Church History (SRS20066) (Runs Alternate Years)
The module explores various themes/personalities associated with the 16th C European Reformations: background/context to the Reformation; identifies leaders of the Protestant Reformations (Luther, Calvin, Zwingli) and their theological ideas; the Anabaptists; the Catholic Reformation and the Council of Trent.

Science Education (SSC2010)
Students will study the theory and principles which underpin post-primary school curriculum within the areas of Chemistry and Biology. The course will also include practical work related to each of these topics. The Chemistry content will build on the student’s foundation knowledge in the following areas; atomic structure, bounding, reactivity, energetics, kinetics, the reactions of acids and alkalis, metal reactivity, the chemistry of the non-metals and organic chemistry. The course will also include practical work including an introduction to titrimetric analysis.

The Biology content will include an introduction to the following topics: Osmosis and Plant Transport; Chromosomes, Genes and DNA; Cell Division and Genetics; Reproduction, Fertility and Contraception; Applied Genetics; Variation and Selection; Circulatory System; Microorganisms, Defence against Disease and Drugs. The course will also include practical work related to each of these topics.

Sharing Education (SPS3022)
The world of education is constantly changing. It is increasingly unlikely that a school will take its pupils from the beginning to the end of their post primary education without input from another education provider. This is a result of the implementation of the Entitlement Framework, which is now at the centre of post-primary curriculum delivery in Northern Ireland. This module aims to give student teachers a more comprehensive understanding of the impact on teacher and schools of sharing pupils in line with the Entitlement Framework regulations. It is envisaged that this module, which provides an overview of the rationale and characteristics of Shared Education will be delivered in collaboration with current key professional practitioners.

Theology (SRS3084) (Runs Alternate Years)
The module aims to introduce students to the main areas of Christian theology. The module explores the Christian doctrine of God and examines the development of Trinitarian theology. The module sets out to introduce some of theology’s basic themes in both classic and contemporary contexts. Themes selected from: faith and reason; God; Creation; Jesus; Salvation; Holy Spirit; Trinity; Church; Sacraments; Heaven; Scripture; Christianity and other religions.

Topics in Teaching Maths (SMT3039)   (Runs Alternate Years)
In mathematics we spend a lot of our time working with numbers and the number system but we haven’t often thought about what a number actually is or how the number system is actually defined.  This course attempts to address this basic but challenging area and will give you a firm foundation for teaching numbers and the basic operations.  We will look at difficult problems such as 2 + 2 or 3 x 4 and think about what these questions actually mean!   Before we can embark on such a journey we need to refresh our memory on areas such as sets, logic, relations and functions.  We will also take a brief but fascinating look at the world of the infinite – what do we mean by infinity? How many types of infinity are there?  How many mathematicians fit into Hilbert’s Hotel?  Is infinity plus one really bigger than infinity?

Working with Disadvantaged Pupils (SES3055)
This module will initially offer critical insight into the central generic factors associated with disadvantage and the impact of children’s and young people’s learning and development. Links between disadvantage, adversities and learning will be subject to critical scrutiny throughout. Following this contextual analysis, the module will then critically consider the structure of community interventions with a focus on links with schools.

There are three main themes to the module: disadvantage, impact and interventions. These themes pose important questions about the nature of disadvantage and working with disadvantaged pupils. While they are presented separately during the course of the module, they are all interrelated.

Young People, Community and Culture (EDC7066)
The module examines trends in youth culture and the implications for the personal, social and emotional development of young people. Student will gain a better understanding of youth culture and adolescent development and how historical changes and social and cultural trends affect and influence young people. Students are encouraged to put theory into practice by undertaking a placement module in a community or youth work setting.

 

Early Childhood Studies
CoursesCATSECTSUS CreditsSemester
1 (Autumn) or 2 (Spring)
Northern Ireland Culture & Education20 or 1010 or 55 or 2.51 or 2
Peacebuilding & Reconciliation 20 or 1010 or 55 or 2.51 or 2
Young People, Community & Culture201052
Professional Experience 2 – Nursery1052.51
Partnerships with Children and Families1052.51
Children in the Early Years Environment201051
International Perspectives201051
Developing Professionalism201051
Advanced Social & Developmental Learning201051
Professional Experience 2 – Primary1052.52
Advanced Understanding of Diversity & Inclusion201052
Fundamental Movements201052
Curiosity, Creativity and the Child201052
Diversity & Inclusion201052
Early Years Intervention (0-3)201052
Early Years Curriculum (3-8 years)201052
Management, Leadership & Professionalism201052
An Inter-professional Approach to Safeguarding201052
Module Descriptors - Early Childhood Studies

Professional Experience – Nursery (SEC2007)
This module will encourage students to consider issues relating to preparation for placement and to develop their basic practitioner skills. It will provide opportunities to engage in activity planning. Subsequently, students will be introduced to the professional skill of reflecting on their practice.

Professional Experience – Primary (SEC2007)
This module will assist students to enhance their practitioner skills and develop their professionalism. It will provide opportunities to consider the design and delivery of the curriculum, including planning, implementing and reviewing activities. Students will be encouraged to develop greater competence as reflective practitioners.

Advanced Social & Developmental Learning (SEC3009)
This interactive module seeks to extend your knowledge of young children’s thinking and learning. You will have an opportunity to test’s children’s self-regulation, their memory and to explore their knowledge and preference for tablet devices Vs story books. Together we will examine all aspects of the processes that drive our thinking and learning. New words will become part of your vocabulary such as automaticity – without the fundamental ability to automatize skills we are in danger of developing dyslexia, dyspraxia etc. YouTube clips are included in lectures to demonstrate the impact the child’s environment has upon their thinking and learning and how the child impacts the social world. You will also have a chance to test your attention span, learning style and memory. This field of study is changing at a faster rate than most others, therefore the module content will be informed by cutting edge research and newly developed theories in the field of early childhood development.

Advanced Understanding of Diversity & Inclusion (SEC3009)
This module focuses on concepts of diversity and inclusion as a way of investigating important issues in practice in the early years within the context of children, their families and the wider community. It will challenge students to reflect on their own attitudes towards equal opportunity issues. Children’s social identity formation will be examined in the light of growing multi-cultural societies. Students will explore an advanced range of issues related to diversity and inclusion. It offers opportunities to compare and contrast theoretical perspectives with personal experience which may then be validated through observation and discussion of equal opportunity issues.

An Inter-professional Approach to Safeguarding (SEC30480
This module will enable students to explore a wide range of factors associated with adversity in relation to the child in the family and community. Drawing on research as well as the legal and policy context, students will understand how various education, health and social services can contribute to preventing impairment of children’s health and development and how professionals ensure that children grow in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care. How all professionals undertake their role to enable children to have optimum life chances will be threaded throughout the module.

Children in the Early Years Environment (SEC2010)
This module will provide students with an understanding of how to manage an early year’s environment in order to promote positive behaviour. Students will be encouraged to explore the determinants of behaviour in early years settings. Reflecting upon theoretical perspectives, students will examine factors which may influence children’s prosocial and antisocial behaviour. Students will reflect on the role of the adult in managing both the early years environment and challenging behaviour.

Curiosity, Creativity and the Child (SEC2031)
The module content will encourage students to examine their own personal perspectives regarding the definition of creativity. Students will further consider and reflect on the theoretical foundations relating to creativity. They will examine and reflect on the role of music, movement, drama, dance, role play and visual art as experiential learning for children developing creatively. Students will plan, deliver and reflect upon a series of creative activities and reflect on the role of the adult in developing the creativity of young children.

Developing Professionalism (SEC3008)
This module will draw on content and issues explored during the prerequisite module. During the module students will engage in study of theories of professionalism and their application to the early years workforce. The role and expertise of the early years professional will be analysed and examined in relation to the child in the family and community. Consideration will be given to policy developments relevant to the area of integrated service professionalism. The module will promote students’ knowledge and skills in dealing with multi-agency partnerships, inter-agency meetings and case conferences. This will address their developing expertise in working with a range of professionals.

Diversity & Inclusion (SEC2009)
This module will enable students to examine the concepts of diversity and inclusion in relation to the child in the early years setting. Students will explore a range of inclusive strategies and will reflect on their professional role throughout.

Early Years Intervention (0-3 years) (SEC3050)
This module will encourage in-depth reflection on the rationale for early years intervention (birth to three), drawing upon relevant research findings. It will explore the Northern Ireland policy context for early years intervention services. The module will consider aspects that have been deemed to constitute a ‘quality’ early years intervention for very young children. In addition, this module will explore the current range of early years interventions provided for children aged birth to three within Northern Ireland, with key focus placed on, for example, the Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP) and Sure Start.

Early Years Curriculum (3-8 years) (SEC2030)
This module will address key issues related to the curricula for children aged three to eight years old; those being the rationale for the current approach to curricula, policy developments in relation to curricula, the benefits of an integrated and play based approach to young children’s learning, the multifaceted role of the adult, and the importance of the areas of learning explored within an integrated framework.

International Perspectives (SEC3043)
On completion of this module the student will be able to provide a rationale for making international comparisons in the context of Early Years education policy and practice; engage in an informed debate about the range of factors which have influenced the development of policy and practice in a variety of international contexts; reflect in depth on theory/practice relationships regarding international early years issues; critically analyse international research, reviewing and evaluating the relevant literature; and compare and contrast provision and policy in a variety of international context.

Management, Leadership & Professionalism (SEC20170
This module will promote the students’ understanding of the concepts of management, leadership and professionalism in early years settings. They will acquire new knowledge in relation to theories and models of management and leadership and will deepen their insights into what constitutes an effective early years centre. Relevant policy and legislative perspectives will be examined in relation to managing aspects of the early years environment. The role and expertise of the professional will be analysed and examined in relation to the early years setting. There will be an emphasis on both the theory and practice of interpersonal and group management skills and leadership.

Northern Ireland Culture and Education (SEO2001)  
The students will study the education system of Northern Ireland and compare and contrast it to their own. The students will explore specific geographical and historical aspects of Northern Ireland and will participate in fieldwork. English language sessions will enable students to develop English oral and written communicative skills, grammar and vocabulary.

Partnerships with Children and Families (SEC2035)
This module will explore the range of young children’s experiences and the importance of the broader context of their family lives. The changing historical context and diversity of family forms will be addressed including the evolving role of fathers. Students will be introduced to the theoretical principles and practical approaches involved in establishing and maintaining effective parental partnerships.

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (SEO2003)
This module will explore peacebuilding and the role education can play in helping to rebuild post conflict societies. The relationship between reconciliation and justice will be examined through case study materials that will examine issues at an individual, community, national and global level. The role of schools, youth work agencies and religious groups play in building social cohesion and promoting peace will be examined.

Young People, Community and Culture (EDC7066)
The module examines trends in youth culture and the implications for the personal, social and emotional development of young people. Student will gain a better understanding of youth culture and adolescent development and how historical changes and social and cultural trends affect and influence young people. Students are encouraged to put theory into practice by undertaking a placement module in a community or youth work setting.

 

Health, Sport and Physical Activity
ModuleCATSECTSUS CreditsSemester Available
1 (Autumn) or 2 (Spring)
Northern Ireland Culture & Education201051 & 2
Peacebuilding & Reconciliation 201051 & 2
Young People, Community & Culture20 or 1010 or 55 or 2.51 & 2
Exercise Science201051
Sport and Exercise Psychology Applied201051
Assessment of Physical Activity201051
Project Management201051
Sports Development - Introduction201052
Fundamental Movements201052
Sports Development - Advanced201052
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology201052
Community Health201052
Health Promotion and Professional Practice201052
Sports Nutrition201052
Psychology of Physical Activity201052
Module Descriptors - Heath, Physical Activity and Sport

Assessment of Physical Activity (SHL3005)
This module covers the analysis and evaluation of the major approaches to assessing physical activity in free living populations; evaluation of the risks of physical activity; physical activity levels of various sections of the population; correlates and determinants of physical activity in free living populations; current issues in physical activities.

Community Health (SHL2014)
Student will examine concepts of the ‘community’; history of community development in Health promotion; healthy alliances and working in collaboration; exploration of community health promotion projects in global, European and Northern Ireland contexts; and inequality in health.

Exercise Science (SHL2043)
Muscular contraction, respiration at rest and during exercise, further development of the concepts of aerobic and anaerobic metabolism. Nutrition for performance, temperature regulation, training methods for various activities.

Health Promotion and Professional Practice (SHL3006)
Students will conduct a critical overview of: the ethical issues in health promotion; the need for a philosophy of health promotion; the politics of health promotion structure and organisation; health promotion methods and content; helping people to change; motivational interviewing; skills for professional practice; evaluation, quality and audit; and evaluation and performance indicators.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (SHL1072)
This course will introduce students to basic psychological concepts related to sport and exercise. Areas to be considered are understanding participants, social psychology of sports, understanding sport and exercise environments, enhancing performance and exercise psychology.

Northern Ireland Culture and Education (SEO2001)  
The students will study the education system of Northern Ireland and compare and contrast it to their own. The students will explore specific geographical and historical aspects of Northern Ireland and will participate in fieldwork. English language sessions will enable students to develop English oral and written communicative skills, grammar and vocabulary.

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (SEO2003)
This module will explore peacebuilding and the role education can play in helping to rebuild post conflict societies. The relationship between reconciliation and justice will be examined through case study materials that will examine issues at an individual, community, national and global level. The role of schools, youth work agencies and religious groups play in building social cohesion and promoting peace will be examined.

Project Management (SHL3017)
Students will have opportunities to explore and understand the concept of projects within the health and leisure sector. They will identify and use the factors and processes involved in project management and evaluate the success of a project which they will plan as part of an assessed group presentation. The core content of the module will include the nature of project management and knowledge of accepted models of project planning. This will include recognition of the power of planning, the “key building blocks”, a range of planning tools, success criteria and monitoring and evaluating.

Psychology of Physical Activity (SHL3036)
This course will provide an in depth view of physical activity against the backdrop of today’s technologically advanced society. At a time when physical activity has become a key feature of health promotion and disease prevention programmes, ways of promoting physical activity remain a significant challenge. The course will enable students to provide a comprehensive review of contemporary psychological knowledge in physical activity, with a particular emphasis in participation and health. This course will enable students to understand the key psychological principles behind physical activity and the steps to a more active and healthier lifestyle.

Sport and Exercise Psychology Applied (SHL2071)
Physical activity has long been recognised as having a positive effect on both physical and psychological well-being. This module will consider and evaluate concepts within psychology, relating to both health and exercise. In particular, the psychological benefits of exercise and the effect of psychology on exercise.

Sports Development – Advanced (SHL3007)
Students will have opportunities to explore and understand current research, theory, principles, concepts & models. LTAD, physical literacy, the evolving definition of sports development; roles of central & local government, Sport NI, the community/voluntary sector. Critical to sports development & always changing; policy-making & planning and policy development & implementation at national & local level; factor analysis, consultation & monitoring & evaluating; funding & partnerships; trends in the concept of partnership both in the area of funding & generally and the relationship between sport, community development & health. Sport as a tool for community re-generation. The obesity debate & PE & sport in education.

Sports Development – Introduction (SHL2025)
Definitions, purposes and models of the delivery of sport in the community. The similarities and differences between school PE/sport and sport in the community. The continuum between participation/community sport and performance/elite sport. The role of schools, clubs and National Governing Bodies. The administration of sport in NI, the UK and Ireland. The role of local and national government in sport. Current issues in Sports Development.

Sports Nutrition (SHL2021)
The module examines macro nutrients for sports performance; fluids and electrolyte requirements for sports performance; supplements and ergogenic aids for sports performance; and nutritional requirements for different modalities of sports performance.

Young People, Community and Culture (EDC7066)
The module examines trends in youth culture and the implications for the personal, social and emotional development of young people. Student will gain a better understanding of youth culture and adolescent development and how historical changes and social and cultural trends affect and influence young people. Students are encouraged to put theory into practice by undertaking a placement module in a community or youth work setting.

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