THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2006/2007
Dissertation (MSc in E-learning) (P01550)
The Dissertation is a major study demanding of the course member a high level of individual application and commitment to research and enquiry. It provides the participant with the opportunity to identify, reflect on and explore a topic that has implications for his or her own professional development and scholarly interest. The Dissertation will involve a critical interrogation of the relationship between academic theory, professional practice and the design, ethics and interpretation of research. Research training is an important part of the Dissertation process and this will be offered via a core course in Research Methods. Before beginning the dissertation, students will submit a detailed dissertation proposal of around 2000 words, which will be produced as part of the assessment for the Research Methods course. On successful completion of Research Methods the student may begin work on the dissertation with guidance and support from the designated dissertation supervisor.
? Costs : Students will be required to have regular access to a networked computer, and will be responsible for providing their own computing equipment and consumables. Broadband is recommended.
? Normal year taken : Postgraduate
? Additional Class Information : The course will be delivered flexibly and online.
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course participants will be able to:
specify a topic of enquiry suitable for a dissertation and justify its theoretical significance, relevance and practical feasibility
identify and reflect critically on relevant up-to-date literature, research reports and other scholarly evidence with specific reference to the research process chosen
collect and analyse evidence, justifying the approaches and techniques used, and identifying the implications of these decisions
critically examine the contribution and limitations of the study undertaken in theoretical and applied terms
demonstrate that the study complies with relevant ethical guidelines
present work which engages appropriately with academic conventions in relation to style, tone, structuring and referencing.
A dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Mrs Helen Robertson
Dr Sian Bayne
School Website : http://www.education.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/