EDM133-MA Education dissertation

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Louise Courtney

Email: l.m.courtney@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The dissertation provides an opportunity for students to advance their knowledge and understanding of a particular subject area through an in-depth study of relevant sources and of advanced scholarship in the field, and to demonstrate their own independent capacity for research.

The aims of the dissertation programme are as follows:
1. to research and write up a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject related to an agreed specialism that meets the assessment criteria;
2. to develop an understanding in depth of the chosen area;
3. to develop an argument for a considered and well informed point of view on the topic;
4. 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;
5. to display academic rigour in carrying out the agreed programme and in presenting your findings;
6. to produce a high quality, fully referenced dissertation supported by appropriate evidence.

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

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop increased policy analytical skills and awareness, as well as written communication skills.

Outline content:
Introductory Tutorials with the Dissertation Co-ordinator, including allocation of supervisors;

  • Tutorial with supervisor - development of initial dissertation outline
  • Preparation of Literature Review
  • Tutorials with supervisor
  • Submission of (unassessed) Literature Review
  • Main student work on dissertation
  • Submission of final dissertation

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The contact time for the dissertation consists of introductory group tutorials and individual supervision. EDM007 compliments and supports students' work on their dissertation, for example, providing training in research methods.

Note: This module is done by both part time and full time students. The actual terms for tutorial supervision would be adapted to the individual student and would be expected to increase in the term the dissertation is submitted.

Note: There are different delivery models for this module as it is part of a number of modules being delivered through a summer school/blended learning approach as well as being offered as a taught module during term time

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 3 3 3
Fieldwork 10 10 10
Guided independent study 187 187 187
Total hours by term 200.00 200.00 200.00
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
One 15,000 word dissertation (excluding footnotes, reference list and appendices)

Formative assessment methods:

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

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of dissertation, within 12 months

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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