20 credits at level HE5
This module is designed to enable you to undertake worthwhile, planned and purposeful professional development. The project stages are: (1) reflective stage, to identify candidate project(s), (2) justification stage to establish that the proposed project is appropriately aligned to the professional development of the student, (3) project approval stage, in which the supervisor approves the project’s objectives and action plan, (4) project implementation stage, in which the tutor and student maintain regular contact, (5) project submission. It is most important that you discuss your project with your tutor to ensure student work is appropriate to the level.
• Undertaking a project: Need identification, reflection and need identification; project specification through “SMART” (Specific, measurable, Realistic, Achievable within a time frame) objectives; action plan creation and monitoring. Ethical frameworks (where any project includes primary research involving people as participants). University of Bolton Level Descriptors; QAA Academic Infrastructure (NQF) Level Descriptors.
• Research methods; ethics; planning a study; conducting a study; analysing findings; presenting findings; reporting on your project.
• Ethical practice: maintaining confidentiality and anonymity; sensitivity; integrity; seeking permission for project work from appropriate personnel in the workplace; working within relevant legislation (e.g., the Data Protection Act) and your organisation’s policies, procedures and practices; researching people: introduction to research ethics and the University approval processes.
• Study/ academic skills: Assessment requirements of the module; Harvard referencing; avoiding plagiarism; study and academic skills at 4; academic writing; introductory research skills (e.g., information seeking; internet; workplace inquiry).
• Transferable skills: Planning; time management; communication; working with others; problem solving.
Some of the content relating to study / academic skills, ethical practice, and transferable skills are developed early in the Foundation Degree programme and referred to / refreshed in this and other subsequent modules as necessary. In the case of CPD stand-alone provision, they are explicitly developed in the teaching of this module.
Each student will be allocated a project supervisor. Initial briefings may be en-masse but subsequently the approach will be based mainly on one-to-one or small group tutorials. The module features student-centred learning within a structure that should ensure students are appropriately supported and monitored. A module guide will be made available online that includes further advice and guidance on matters such as choosing a project, writing objectives, action planning, undertaking the practical work and writing up etc. Blended learning will be utilised as appropriate, for example utilising the VLE to provide an e-forum for students undertaking projects to discuss their work and obtain peer support.
For your assessment you will report on the project and provide documentary evidence to show that you have met the outcomes of the module in a format negotiated with the tutor. The format will depend on the nature of the project undertaken but will be either video/audio and/or written format. The assessment includes some optional negotiated assessment criteria.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Propose an appropriate project at level 5 that meets a need and which is consistent with the module specification and receive approval for the project to proceed from the supervisor.||
1.1 Undertake reflection by applying reflective practice theory to identify possible projects based on a needs analysis and that fulfils a personal/professional need.
1.2 Negotiate, agree, record and seek to meet additional assessment criteria specific to your project and appropriate to the module’s level (optional).
1.3 Explain and justify how your proposal constitutes worthwhile professional development taking account your stage in the programme, specialist pathway, and contextual setting.
1.4 Ensure your project objectives are clearly expressed and justified as challenging outcomes and are “S.M.A.R.T.” (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed).
1.5 Create a credible action plan with appropriate information and level of detail
|2.||Pursue a project as above maintaining appropriate contact with the supervisor and responding appropriately to his/her guidance||
2.1 Maintain an appropriate level of contact with your supervisor.
2.2 Show you have taken due account of guidance given by your supervisor
|3.||Complete the project to Level 5 standards.||3.1 Complete the project to Level 5 standards.|
|4.||Prepare a project report and submit it with other evidence as appropriate for assessment, including the Mapping, SMART objectives, and action plan.||
4.1 Prepare a project report that meets the agreed brief and demonstrates critical analysis, is coherent and logically structured.
4.2 Present written work in a clear style with few errors in the use of English.
|5.||Reflect on the outcomes of the project.||
5.1 include an evaluation of the project that draws upon appropriate evidence.
5.2 Identify your own learning from the project, and identify any follow-up work indicated.
|6.||Have demonstrated academic skills at level 5.||
6.1 Demonstrate the following in your assessed work:
(i) appropriate structure and good presentation;
(ii) correct use of English (e.g., grammar, punctuation, spelling, style);
(iii) correct use of Harvard referencing;
(iv) theoretical knowledge appropriate to level 5.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Project plus a report on the project together with documentary evidence to show that you have met the outcomes of the module in a format negotiated with the tutor. Equivalent to 3,000 – 3,500 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Reading material will depend on the area selected for the inquiry however the following may be useful:
Bell J, (2007) Doing Your Research Project: A guide for first-time researchers in Education, Health and Social Science 4th Ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press. , Mylibrary. http://www.myilibrary.com?id=94698 [29 April 2009]
Campbell, A. and Groundwater-Smith, S. (2007) An Ethical Approach to Practitioner Research: Dealing with Issues and Dilemmas in Action Research. Abingdon: Routledge
Coghlan, D. and Brannick, D. (2000) Doing action research in your own organization. London: Sage
Loue, S. (2002) Textbook of research ethics: theory and practice. New York : Kluwer Academic/Plenum Pub. NetLibrary.
http://www.netLibrary.com/urlapi.asp?action=summary&v=1&bookid=70181 [25 April 2008]
Gootnick, M. M. (2000) Action tools for effective managers: a guide for solving day-to-day problems on the job. New York : AMACOM. NetLibrary. http://www.netLibrary.com/urlapi.asp?action=summary&v=1&bookid=19117 [28 April 2009]
Gregory, I. (2003) Ethics in Research. London: Continuum International.
Mullins, L. J. (2007) Management and Organisational Behaviour (8th Ed). Harlow : Financial Times: Prentice Hall. Myilibrary. http://www.myilibrary.com?id=155253 [4 May 2009]
Wilkinson, D. (2000) The researcher's toolkit: the complete guide to practitioner research.
London : Routledge/Falmer. NetLibrary. http://www.netLibrary.com/urlapi.asp?action=summary&v=1&bookid=63943 [28 April 2009]
Yin, R. (2009) Case Study Research: Design and Methods 4th ed. London: Sage
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Bolton Interactive Study Skills Tutorials Online http://data.bolton.ac.uk/bissto/
Criminal Justice System for England and Wales http://www.cjsonline.gov.uk
Offenders' Learning and Skills Service http://olass.lsc.gov.uk
Prison Reform Trust http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) www.niace.org.uk
University of Bolton – Online Resources http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Students/StudyResources/ElectronicResources/Home.aspx
University of Bolton – Study skills booklets http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Students/StudyResources/Library/HelpGuides/StudySkills/Home.aspx
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