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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

This course requires students to plan, implement and report on a small action research project in the workplace.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rachel Shanks

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Distance Learning (Studied)
  • Either Teacher Training (TT) (Studied) or BA Professional Development (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • LL3058 Professional Development 3 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The Professional Project course offers students the opportunity to undertake a small action research project in their workplace. The key features of the course are:

  • planning and agreeing an Action Plan for a project


  • implementing the research or inquiry for the project
  • analysing and writing-up the finding of the research.


In the course of undertaking the work students will:  

  • make links between academic study and workplace activities


  • use autonomy in professional practice
  • make a contribution to their own progression
  • demonstrate a reflective approach to project work
  • use the skills of inquiry, research, critical analysis and evaluation to effectively underpin project work
  • communicate the results and implications of the project work to a professional audience.

Further Information & Notes

The course is essentially online distance learning supported by online or face-to-face workshops.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (100% which will include a personal development plan.

Resit: Re-submission of any failed aspects of assignment.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is ongoing through workshop and tutorial activities and submission of small extracts of work throughout the course.


Feedback on formative work is given verbally, and where written work has been submitted, through email written comments. In summative work the feedback will be done in written format through e mail and via Turnitin on the submission itself. Students will also be offered the opportunity to discuss feedback with the tutor if s/he so wishes. Where significant weaknesses have been identified, students will negotiate a time to speak with the tutor on ways to improve the submission, which forms an integral part of the teaching and learning strategy.

Course Learning Outcomes


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