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Postgraduate Course: Extended Work Based Project (EDUA11353)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis course is designed to provide an opportunity for the design, critical evaluation and development of extended professional action, within a coherently planned work based project. The processes involved encourage development and integration of critical reflection on professional values, professional knowledge and understanding and related professional actions.
Course description This course constitutes the final 60 credits of the Masters in Leadership and Learning degree. This course provides the opportunity for independent study that is supported through formal academic supervision.
The course comprises two main parts -
Part 1 involves structured support and supervision for the development of a detailed proposal for an extended work-based study;
Part 2a involves the implementation of an extended work-based study; critical evaluation of process and outcomes, identification of next steps for self, practice and future research;
Part 2b involves composition of a research report to communicate the knowledge created as a product of the work-based study.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 18/09/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 16, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 562 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The summative assessment comprises two parts:«br /»
Part 1 - Project Proposal (17%);«br /»
Part 2 - Research Report (83%).«br /»
Feedback Formative assessment and feedforward will be offered by course tutor/ supervisor, structured in three parts:
- feedforward on research proposal;
- formative feedback on choice and justification for format chosen for summative Research Report;
- feedback and/or feedforward on drafts of 2 chapters (or equivalent) of Research Report.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. design, conduct and evaluate an extended work-based research project, providing a critically informed rationale for actions taken
  2. construct a comprehensive review of relevant literature and other scholarly evidence, demonstrating that it has been used to critically consider and inform both the research design and the participant¿s professional knowledge, understanding, values and practice
  3. demonstrate that the professional actions undertaken are consistent with the intention of enhancing pupils¿ learning experiences, and/or an aspect of educational leadership, and/or the ethos of the school/educational setting
  4. demonstrate leadership and/or initiative to make an identifiable contribution to change and development and/or new thinking
  5. communicate the research conducted, both process and outcome, to a wider educational audience
Reading List
Core texts:
Clough, P. and Nutbrown, C. (2012) ¿A Student¿s Guide to Methodology 3rd edition. London: Sage.
Cohen,L., Manion,L. and Morrison,K. (2011) Research Methods in Education 7th edition. Oxon: Routledge.
Gibbs, G. (2008) Analysing Qualitative Data. London: Sage.
Macfarlane, B., (2009) Researching with integrity. Oxon: Routledge.
Thomas, G. (2013) How To Do Your Research Project : A guide for students in education and applied social sciences. London: Sage.
Machi, L and McEvoy, B.T. (2009) The Literature Review Six Steps to Success.. Thousand Oaks CA: Corwin Press.
Thomson, P. & Kaimler, B. (2012) Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals: Strategies for getting published. Oxon: Routledge.
Wallace, M. and Wray, A. (2011) Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates. London: Sage.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will support participants to develop and demonstrate their capabilities to:
- demonstrate understanding of the complexity of the change process in education
- demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of research methods employed to identify, interrogate and inform professional values, identities, understanding and practices
- demonstrate an advanced understanding of the criteria defining a critically informed literature review
- be responsive to their changing surroundings, being both flexible and proactive
- have the confidence to make decisions based on their understandings and personal and intellectual autonomy
- be able to transfer their knowledge, learning skills and abilities from one context to another
Keywordswork-based research and enquiry; knowledge creation; knowledge transfer
Course organiserDr Gillian Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)51 6426
Course secretaryMrs Lesley Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)51 6373
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