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 a
Proposal of topic including research methodologies, critical bibliography and indicative
reading and relevance to practice.
It is rooted in, and has a direct relationship to the students practice at Masters level.
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?
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.
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
5 assignment submission
Teaching and contact time 20 hours
Self directed Study 180hours
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
Subject specific staff within the individual programmes will supervise the student-
Assessment is by written outcome based on the assignment/s brief for each
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 Critical Reflection
Student led presentations of work in progress of critical reflection
Individual supervision will include -
Tutor/student focused face-to-face supervision
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 which is 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 selection and 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.
|2.||Produce a 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 underpinned by appropriate methodologies
2.3 Analysis, interpretation and reflection is lucid, Insightful and effectively communicated
2.4 Prose is objective, coherent, and free of significant errors of grammar, punctuation and spelling. Typographical error is negligible and Harvard referencing is negligible
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Demonstrate through an extended written format (essay/report) 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/context ual/critical considerations.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Students will formulate their own reading with reference to their chosen area of research.
The tutorial structure will provide the student with advice and guidance. The student is
expected to conduct a literature review at proposal stage and utilise the indicative reading
list constructed for the proposal. The student is expected to maintain awareness of
current issues within contemporary practice and inter related theoretical discourse by
making reference to material of secondary and primary source and include a range of up
to date material including on line (e books and journals) multi media, journal, archival and
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