EDM097-English Language Education Dissertation

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Rowena Kasprowicz

Email: r.kasprowicz@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module aims at developing students’ ability to carry out a small-scale investigation under supervision of a tutor. Students will work independently, demonstrating their ability to identify an appropriate research topic and methods to investigate this. They will practise finding up-to-date literature on the subject using the library, including online journals and e-books as appropriate for their chosen topic. The dissertation will be expected to follow a given structure, and include an introduction, literature review, methods, results and discussion and conclusion section. Students will be expected to consider ethical implications of their study and apply to the ethics committee if necessary.

•to research and write up a 15-20,000-word dissertation on a subject related to english language education that meets the assessment criteria;
•to develop an in-depth understanding of the chosen area;
•to develop an argument from a considered and well informed point of view on the topic;
•to develop and make use of your academic skills in identifying and defining a research topic, applying appropriate research techniques and, where relevant, offering practical conclusions;
•to display academic rigour in carrying out the agreed programme and in presenting your findings;
•to produce a high quality, fully referenced dissertation supported by appropriate evidence.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•provide an introduction setting out the topic and the approach and guiding the reader as to the content of the substantive chapters to come;
•establish a conceptual/theoretical context and provide a thorough review of the work already done in the particular field;
•set out a presentation and analysis of the material including, if appropriate, the relevant qualitative and quantitative data;
•put forward a generalisation of the findings leading to conclusions and implications for policy and practice or research.

Additional outcomes:
Students will have developed analytical skills and written communication skills.

Outline content:
Topics include a selection of the following:
•Ethical considerations
•Literature review
•Data analysis

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
•Individual tutorials
•Group discussions and short tasks
•Independent study

Contact for dissertation supervision is not to exceed 12 hours. Guidelines for this contact will be elucidated in the Programme Handbook.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 6 6
Guided independent study 294 294
Total hours by term 300.00 300.00
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
One 15-20,000 word dissertation (excluding footnotes, bibliography and appendices). The topic and title is to be negotiated with the module convenor.

Formative assessment methods:
Students will show drafts of some chapters to the supervisor who will comment on these.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
Students must achieve 50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission within 12 calendar months from the original submission date as determined by the Faculty Examiners’ Meeting

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: There are no required text books for this module. However, two useful books listed are Bell, J. (2010). Doing your research project (5th ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press ISBN: 978-0335215041 and Cohen, L., Manion, L., &Morrison, K. (2011). Research methods in Education (7th ed.). Abingdon: Routledge ISBN: 978-0415583367.

These texts are available in the library or you may be able to source them more cheaply than the publisher’s recommended price (£21.99 for Bell (2010) and £30.00 for Cohen et al. (2011).
Many items on the reading list are journal articles or e-books that are freely available via the University Library databases.

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Last updated: 30 August 2018


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