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Postgraduate Course: MSc Inclusive & Special Education Dissertation (REDU11055)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits50 ECTS Credits25
SummaryThe 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 his/her own professional development. The Dissertation will involve a critical interrogation of the relationship between professional practice, academic theory and the design, ethics and interpretation of research. A detailed dissertation proposal is undertaken in the course Research Methods: Planning Research REDU11044.
Course description Students engage with a supervisor who has experience in the area of inclusive education research. The proposal put forward in Planning Research (REDU11044) is considered and amended as the possibilities of access to participants are discussed with the supervisor. Students produce a literature review and define their proposed investigation carefully. The ethics form is reviewed by the supervisor and data collection is carried out by the student working under the supervision of the supervisor, i.e. communications with participants are checked in advance. The student discusses the analysis of data with the supervisor. The supervisor has an overview of the project and may give feedback about one chapter. Students have an entitlement to 6 hours of supervision with email support available for comments on work in progress, such as research tools or letters to participants.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Dissertation (15,000 words). A dissertation handbook is available for guidance.
Feedback The supervising tutor may give feedback on one draft chapter.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and reflect critically on relevant up-to-date literature, research reports and other scholarly evidence with specific reference to the research process used.
  2. Collect and analyse evidence, justifying the approaches and techniques used, and identify the implications of these decisions in terms of the status of the evidence, and the findings based upon it.
  3. Examine critically the contribution and limitations of the study undertaken in theoretical and applied terms with regard to the practices and roles of relevant professionals.
  4. Demonstrate that the study complies with relevant ethical guidelines.
  5. Present work, observing appropriate academic conventions in relation to style, tone, paragraphing, paraphrasing, sectioning of the text, proof-reading and referencing.
Reading List
Reading will be found by the student in her / his particular area of study. The key readings for the courses Sources of Knowledge, Conceptualising Research and Planning Research will continue to be useful for the dissertation.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant literature (evidence, theory and practice), issues and developments at the forefront of the discipline;
Identify and evaluate epistemological and ontological assumptions underpinning inclusive education;
Identify, define and conceptualise new problems and issues relating to inclusive education, and identify appropriate research methods to address these;
Plan and execute a significant research project including undertaking data collection and analysing data systematically;
Clearly communicate research plans, rationale and findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Keywordsdissertation,inclusive education,independent study
Course organiserMs Rachel O'Neill
Tel: (0131 6)51 6429
Course secretaryMs Marie Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)51 6678
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