SSC5b Teaching Module


The SSC5b Teaching programme, crystallised in the SSC5b Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) project and the SSC5b Reflective Report submission, is a key part of the MBChB curriculum and is an opportunity for students to learn about teaching and to gain practical experience in teaching delivery to others.  The SSC5b Teaching programme offers students the chance to document their development and practice the skills required to support their own learning and teaching and learning of others.  

Projects can be undertaken in a variety of areas and need not be explicitly ‘medical’.  Students are strongly encouraged to design their own Peer-Assisted Learning projects with colleagues, based around a personal educational interest, an outreach activity, or a subject area supported by one of the recognised UoE Medical Societies.  

The student task:

Students are asked to submit a 1000-word report “Critically reflecting on the teaching experiences you undertook during SSC5b and describing how you might apply the lessons learned to your own future learning & teaching practice.”  

Student Peer-assessment:

Following submission of Reflective Reports, students are asked to provide an Excellent/ Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory peer-assessment of three other SSC5b Reflective Reports together with a short feedback paragraph, following published assessment guidelines, such that each report will be independently peer-assessed three times.

Staff moderation:

Following completion of student peer-assessment, Staff Moderators will be asked to review student-assigned grades for individual reflective reports to determine if assessment criteria have been applied correctly and to identify any inappropriate feedback comments.  Staff Moderators are then asked to confirm the final grade assessment, which will usually be the consensus of three student peer-assessments.  Where student peer-assessments fail to agree or peer assessments seem excessively generous or punitive, Staff Moderators should make their own assessment.  Where the Staff Moderator is unable to make an assessment or there is evidence of inappropriate feedback or other issues such as plagiarism, Staff Moderators can refer the report to the SSC5b Module Organiser Dr Steve Morley ( and arbitration panel.  Assessment guidelines will be provided to both Student Peer-Assessors and Staff Moderators.

Student Peer Assessment and Staff moderation will be via a bespoke SSC5b PebblePad workspace: 21/22 Year5 SSC5b Teaching, Assignment: SSC5b Report, for which instruction and training will be provided by Jennifer Hill, the MBChB examination officer.  We estimate that PebblePad training should take a maximum of 30 mins, while moderation of individual student peer-assessed reports should take 10-15 mins, the rule of thumb being that if report assessment is taking longer, it should be referred to the SSC5b Module Organiser and arbitration panel.

Staff Moderators might normally expect to review 4-8 reflective reports, but we are seeking as many Staff Moderators as possible to spread the workload.  

If you are able to help with moderation of SSC5b reflective reports, please register your interest at the MBChB Assessment inbox E-mail address: ensuring that you write from either an or e-mail address to allow us to grant you access to the relevant pages in LEARN and PebblePad and to avoid replies being filtered out.

Timeline for report submission and assessment:

  • 25th Mar 2022: Final student reflective report submission deadline:
  • 28th Mar-08th Apr 2022: Student peer-assessment and final submission deadline
  • 11-22nd Apr 2022: Review by Staff moderators and arbitration

Dr Steve Morley, MBChB5 SSC5b Teaching Module Organiser,

Prof. Simon Riley, Director of Teaching, Deanery of Clinical Sciences,

Prof. Colin Duncan, MBChB Year 5 Director,

Ms Jennifer Hill. MBCHB Assessment,