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Developing Academic and Professional Practice (DAPP)

Developing Academic and Professional Practice focuses on the application of the theories and skills of effective teaching and learning to the context of the participant’s academic practice. The unit requires the student to engage with critical reflection in the context of observations of practice, an assessment event and unit themes.

Unit Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit participants will be able to:

  1. Critically apply appropriate theories to the design and teaching of an episode of inclusive learning
  2. Design and teach constructively aligned sessions to a diverse student community
  3. Engage with key institutional and national strategic drivers appropriate to their professional practice
  4. Critically analyse and reflect on observations of practice (including assessment), using an appropriate model of reflection, in order to enhance personal professional development.


This unit focuses on the enhancement of the student experience and the development of critical reflective practice with a particular emphasis on observations of practice.  Learning blocks will form key elements for the unit and will address aspects of academic practice - e.g. the UKPSF and relationship to practice, the HE landscape, further consideration of learning theories and ‘good’ practice situated within different disciplinary and curriculum design contexts.  All key elements are integrated with the relevant underpinning teaching and learning theories.

These will focus on applying the concepts of reflection to the observations of practice. Participants will consider how they can demonstrate the application of:

  • underpinning theories and models of teaching and learning and reflective practice
  • methods to ensure inclusive teaching and learning strategies
  • techniques for session planning within constructively aligned teaching learning and assessment
  • models of reflective practice
  • theory in practice
  • engagement with the disciplinary and contextual drivers and strategies appropriate to their practice
  • appropriate quality measurement and enhancement mechanisms.

Unit Assessment

The assessment strategy focuses on the demonstration of the participant’s learning and critical reflection from the unit.  It is based upon a reflective practice portfolio. 

Tutor review of draft / outline portfolio.  A submission date will be set for draft portfolio submission for tutor formative feedback.

The completion of a portfolio (2500 words).  Portfolio contents will be negotiated and determined in consultation and discussion between the participant and the tutor to allow the student to fully demonstrate the unit learning outcomes.


January 2021 will be the last opportunity to complete this DAPP unit in its current format.  If this registration is not suitable for you or you would like to discuss your personal circumstances further please contact our Unit Leader Stephen Powell:

As well as registering below, in some circumstances you may need to complete an application form to study this unit. Please check on the application form page »

In brief


DAPP builds on the work covered in ILTA, allowing a deeper level of thought and interrogation of teaching and learning

  • Space for collegiate discussion and consideration of practice
  • A focus on the work of educational theorists and how to apply these in practice
  • Consideration of the wider aspects of academic practice such as UKPSF and the HE landscape

Mode of study: online

Number of sessions: 4 (1 hour per session)

Type of session: webinar

Assessment type and size:
2500 word portfolio

Prior knowledge/experience required: Must have completed ILTA. Minimun of 4 hours teaching per week, must include session planning, teaching and assessing students. Suitable for new teachers, or those wanting a 'refresher' unit in HE teaching. If you are unsure whether you meet these requirements, please contact the unit leader.

When will it run: autumn term

Unit leader/contact: Stephen Powell

Delivery Dates and Registration

Please note: Units are delivered online. Processing time required for applications and preparation time for participants means that the last registration date cannot be extended

There are no forthcoming dates available for this unit at the moment


Please contact the UTA CPD team if you have any queries.