20 credits at level HE7
This module is designed to enhance critical engagement with a field of students own selection based on a proposal of practice and inter-related theory.
The module is based around an action research and action learning approach to the knowledge and understanding of practice. An action research
methodology initially requires the:
Proposal of topic including research methodologies, critical bibliography and indicative reading and relevance to practice.
Demonstrate that it is rooted in, and has a direct relationship to, the students practice at Masters level.
Professional oral presentation which clearly articulates the theoretical field and scholarly approaches.
Questions such as:
- What issue am I interested in researching?
- Why do I want to research this issue?
- What kind of research and evidence is relevant?
- What sources/resources will I require?
- How will my investigation change my practice and shed light on my practice?
- What research methodologies are appropriate?
Action learning will be facilitated through supervision of the proposed research. It is
Discussion of key texts;
Rigorous interrogation of critical discourse;
Accurate interpretation and application of philosophical debates;
Testing and application of appropriate critical frameworks to exemplars;
Reflective summary leading to hypotheses or conclusive insight based on original lines of inquiry.
(Written and oral presentations may be required)
Application of research processes and methodologies
Student-led presentations of analysis and interpretation of key critical discourse
Student-led presentations including work in progress and key texts
The assignment stages are:
1 reflective stage to identify a student-led topic
2 justification stage to determine if the assignment is appropriately aligned to practice
3 approval stage, which determines the programme team approval or amendments
4 assignment implementation when the student and tutor/s maintain regular supervisory contact including student-led presentations and key text presentations to peer group.
5 assignment submission
Teaching and contact time 20 hours
Self directed Study 180 hours
This module will be delivered through a combination of seminars, small group tutorials and individual tutorials. Some components of the module will be delivered across
postgraduate disciplines as common aspects of critical analysis and reflection. For example, formulating conclusions. Subject specific staff within the individual
programmes will supervise the student-selected topic.
Assessment is by written outcome based on the assignment/s brief for each programme.
Seminar/workshops may include:
Student led presentations of key texts
Tutor-led workshop on writing and formulating conclusions
Student led presentations of work in progress
Presentation to peer group of proposal of work
Small group tutorials may include:
Tutor-led issues of Critical Analysis
Tutor-led issues of Critical Reflection
Student-led presentations of work-in-progress including critical reflection
Individual supervision will include:
Tutor/student focused face-to-face supervision
Total 200 hours notional learning time
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Produce a written outcome underpinned by critical analysis and reflection.||
1.1 Clearly and coherently articulate a critical framework appropriate to the topic.
1.2 Demonstrate a breadth and depth of research sources and types based on deep critical knowledge and critical and creative use of sources.
1.3 Clearly communicate a rigorous interrogation of relevant theoretical material
leading to critical reflection.
1.4 Clearly communicate the application/testing of advanced research and study skills to an extended research field underpinned by critical analysis.
1.5 Demonstrate an advancement of knowledge in the specialist field.
1.6 Demonstrate critical analyses and reflection using text and image-based evidence.
|2.||Produce written outcome, which demonstrates an understanding of professional academic format||
2.1 Focus and arguments are clear and coherent and reflect the analytical/critical/reflective nature of the module.
2.2 Extensive research is in evidence and is underpinned by appropriate methodologies.
2.3 Analysis, interpretation and reflection is lucid, insightful and effectively communicated.
2.4 Prose is objective, coherent and free from significant errors of grammar, punctuation and spelling. Typographical errors are negligible and Harvard referencing is consistent.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Demonstrate through an extended written format (essay/reportof 5000 - 5500 words) of professional academic standard, a discursive, critical and scholarly text. This will be based on an advanced body of extensive research that employs rigorous analysis of appropriate theoretical/contextual/critical considerations.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Students will formulate their own reading lists with reference to their chosen area of research, a literature review is expected as part of the Learning
Agreement and this forms the basis of their subsequent research. Application of research methodologies and reflective and critical thinking, awareness of
current issues of contemporary practice and inter-related theoretical/contextual and critical discourse is an expectation. Rigorous interrogation of
Research sources of secondary and primary sources and a range of multi media material including journal, e journals, archival and periodical sources
should be in evidence. Transference of knowledge and skills from the postgraduate certificate and the postgraduate diploma will contribute to the final
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