20 credits at level HE7
This module gives course members an opportunity to undertake development work in their educational institution that simultaneously meets the academic requirements of the Masters course, the course member's own development needs, and the needs of their educational institution.
This is a development project, not a purely academic study. The outcome will be a project report, not an essay.
The first challenging step is to identify a development project that will be suitable. It needs to contribute to your professional development and interests, align with the strategic direction and needs of your employer, and offer you an opportunity to demonstrate Masters level scholarship.
You need to discuss your ideas with both your supervising tutor and the appropriate person or persons in your educational institution. Typically the latter would be a line manager or other senior colleague. For brevity the latter will be described below as your employer, although it is recognised that you may or may not be a paid employee of the educational institution, and more than one person (e.g. a team or a committee) may be involved.
The development you pursue should not be routine such as involved in preparation for teaching. Instead, it should be a professional challenge that can be meaningfully pursued within the time available.
You are expected to work with and consult with appropriate colleagues and stakeholders during the project and to involve some of them in the evaluation of its outcome. This will require you to show consultation and consensus-building skills.
After an initial exploration with your supervisor and employer, and an initial literature search, you need to formulate SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed) project objectives and, by negotiation, agree these with both your supervisor and your employer.
The initial literature search must be undertaken early to check there exists published literature that is up to date and relevant to your proposed project. Without this you would have difficulty demonstrating appropriate scholarly skills.
Having finalised and agreed your project aims and objectives, you need to create an Action Plan showing key stages, criteria for completion, date for completion and you should keep this up to date.
This is a module which involves individual tutorial appointments for consultation (rather than group teaching). To make maximum use of the appointments you have, bring to the tutorials work you have been asked to undertake and prepare questions to be addressed / clarified.
It is most important that you maintain contact with your supervisor at all stages. It is not acceptable that you undertake and submit work for the project without guidance from your supervisor. You should attend a minimum of THREE tutorials with your supervisor.
It is expected that you will keep a Project Log Book to record the progress of your work, ideas and reading, and maintain a well-organised Evidence Folder of supporting documentation (minutes of meetings, policy documents, letters, emails and memoranda etc.).
Formative assessment (to be presented to the supervisor and discussed as appropriate)
1. A discussion paper of 800 words including a bibliography justifying the choice of the agreed project and draft or finalised and agreed objectives.
2. An Action Plan.
3. An Evidence File.
Summative assessment to be formally submitted:
A project report of 3000 words (indicative word length - a penalty applies for exceeding this, see AME School Handbook at www.bolton.ac.uk/ame for details)
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||have defined and refined a development project including suitable SMART objectives that is agreed with the employer and the supervising tutor||
1.1 explain and justify the choice of topic;
1.2 present and defend agreed objectives that are appropriately formatted.
|2.||have undertaken an agreed project consulting with and involving colleagues and other stakeholders as appropriate and prepared a project report||
2.1 demonstrate appropriate and effective involvement of colleagues and other stakeholders including consultation and consensus-building;
2.2 demonstrate in-depth engagement with the topic and wide, appropriate and critical use of sources;
2.3 critically evaluate the project with due reference to how effectively the objectives have been achieved, drawing on the views of appropriate colleague and stakeholders.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||3000 Word Project Report|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
The reading required of course members undertaking this module will probably include reference to current policy publications (for example, those of the college / institution, and those originating from government bodies etc.) as well as books, journal articles and online sources as appropriate to the chosen topic.
|Host Subject Group:||Education|
|User Name||Date Accessed||Action|