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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (TESOL) (REDU11056)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits50
Home subject areaResearch (EDU) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe 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 course member with the opportunity to identify, reflect on and explore a topic that has implications for individual professional development. It includes a taught component which introduces students to a range of techniques which are frequently used in educational research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 500 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 10, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 478 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1. the ability to identify a professionally relevant research question and develop a practicable research plan
2. the ability to use various sources of bibliographic data and to evaluate critically the literature assessed
3. awareness of a range of approaches to social and professional enquiry, the investigation techniques used, the values and assumptions underlying such techniques, the limitations of the evidence produced and the ways of analysing evidence and presenting findings
4. critical engagement with the relationships between theory, evidence, policy and practice appreciation of the principles of ethics in research and how these principles apply to specified contexts
6. the ability to propose and report research in clear, analytical writing
7.the ability to engage in systematic professional development
Assessment Information
The proposal will be marked jointly by the assigned dissertation supervisor and another tutor. In contact mode, the proposal will be submitted according to the timetable for submission established by the university in the relevant academic year. Dissertations are assessed on a pass/fail basis. The word length of a dissertation is up to 15, 000 words. The credit rating is 50.
The criteria include:
1.specify a topic of enquiry suitable for a dissertation and justify its theoretical significance, professional relevance and practical feasibility
2. identify and reflect critically on relevant and up-to-date literature, research reports and other scholarly evidence, with specific reference to the research process used
3. collect and analyse evidence justifying the approaches and techniques used and identify the implications of these choices for the status of the evidence and the findings based on it
4.examine critically the contribution and limitations of the study
5.demonstrate that the study complies with the relevant ethical guidelines
6.present work reflecting the appropriate academic conventions in relation to style, tone, paragraphing, paraphrasing, sectioning of the text, proof-reading, and referencing
7.reflect critically on conventional professional opinions and practices
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Course organiserDr Joan Cutting
Tel: (0131 6)51 6324
Course secretaryMrs Moira Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 6206
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