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Online Education 2017-2018

ED3086: RECOGNISING PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING THROUGH PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

15 credits

Level 3

Both Sessions

This blended learning course allows students to put together a claim for prior experiential learning in addition to learning about experiential learning and reflective practice.

ED3087: PROFESSIONAL PROJECT 3

30 credits

Level 3

Both Sessions

This course allows you to write up a professional project that you have been working on. It addresses planning, implementation, reporting on findings and reflecting upon your professional project. You will be encouraged to engage with a variety of perspectives to inform your project including academic literature, policy documents and the views of colleagues and other stakeholders. The supported use of a range of technologies throughout the course will also enhance your digital practice.

ED3088: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

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

LL3058: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3

15 credits

Level 3

Both Sessions

This course encourages individuals to consider the place of experiential learning and reflective practice in their professional development. It also encourages consideration of personal/professional development, planning and support required in order to be successful.

ED501E: THE WORK BASED PROJECT

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will support you to frame, specify, plan, implement and report an academic or work-related research-based investigation or development. The course is available if you have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma and allows you to complete your Masters degree. Normally your diploma should have included courses which introduced the process and methods of conducting research. The work based project/dissertation course requires sustained independent research and you will receive individual or small group supervision. You will also have the opportunity to engage with workshops and online resources as part of a community of researchers in education and related areas.

ED501U: CARE AND SUPPORT IN ACTION

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This module is offered to all who wish to enhance knowledge and skills in this area in order to advance their professionalism in working with young people. This includes specifically class room teachers, existing principal teachers, faculty heads and senior managers within schools as well as community educationalists, health and social workers.

 

The module covers aspects of all areas below:

 

  • Guidance and support policies, roles and responsibilities within the context of the ‘National Support Framework’

 

  • Providing quality care and support, partnership set within the support entitlement

 

  • Team working through an integrated multi-agency approach, child protection and inclusion

 

ED503Q: CRITICAL APPROACHES TO ACADEMIC LITERATURE

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course is for students undertaking postgraduate study which requires a good standard of critical reading and writing skills.

The essential aim of the course is to provide participants with a working knowledge of what is required to appraise journal and other material, and be able to present a reasoned argument based on evidence. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate the capability to

  • develop a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts of the topics studied, together with knowledge of major policy issues involved
  • analyse critically evidence and arguments to support professional judgments

ED503R: RESEARCH METHODS

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The course is focussed on social science research and applications in professional / work contexts. Participants make critical connections between policy, theory, research and practice in the context of investigating their own practice. Course coverage includes research philosophy and methodology, research implementation (design, methods, data collection and ethics), data analysis and interpretation, and reflective evaluation. Participants conduct a small scale research activity to enable exploration and evaluation of the application of research in their own context. The course offers a supportive, formative learning experience in preparation for a larger project.

ED504D: DEVELOPING AS A STRATEGIC LEADER

20 credits

Level 5

Both Sessions

This is the first module in the Into Headship PG certificate Programme. The aim of the course is to enable participants to understand their role as head teachers in applying the principles and practices of strategic leadership to frame and conceptualise educational problems and issues. The course provides opportunities for students to develop and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas. It is based upon the model of professional learning which comprises four interdependent components: critical reflection, knowledge building, experiential learning and social learning processes.

ED504F: LEADING AND MANAGING FROM THE MIDDLE

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This module focuses on the middle levels of leadership.  Formal and informal roles will be explored from a practical and research perspective. The role of the Head Teacher’s in facilitating and building teachers’ capacity to lead will be reviewed. Participants can focus on the concept of leadership, related to the different models of leadership that prevail in schools today with some accent on the impact and delivery of Distributed Leadership. The values and principles of leadership will be reviewed within the context of the participant's own professional context, and by open exchange of ideas with others in the group.

 

ED504L: REFLECTIVE PRACTICE, DEVELOPMENTS IN COUNSELLING AND COMPLEX CLINICAL ISSUES

20 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This module will focus on the role of research and evaluation in counselling and examine how the effectiveness of counselling is assessed and the impact of research and evaluation in the counselling profession. In terms of the development of clinical competence, the supervision groups will continue to look at key clinical themes that are emerging. In terms of personal development, Encounter Groups will be introduced into the process element of the programme.

The theoretical themes of the module will focus on:

 The Research Process

 The role of research in the development of counselling

 Assessment and outcomes measures in counselling

 The Impact of context on the counselling process

 Ethical issues in counselling research

 

ED504V: SCHOOL-BASED PRACTICE FOR PGCERT IN EDUCATION STUDIES WITH PGDE

0 credits

Level 5

Both Sessions

The School of Education has existing experience of successful collaborations in marketing and recruitment through the DLITE Primary and Secondary (PGDE) programmes.  Previous marketing has included joint marketing open evenings; sharing of flyers which the Local Authorities have distributed and feedback from Local Authority based events to support interested applicants.    The University has already created calendar statements which can be released at any time onto the School website for interested applicants.  In some Local Authorities potential participants are already known for consideration.  Further in discussion with GTCS, it is intended that a redirection will be possible from the GTCS website for suitable candidates to the University of Aberdeen.  This is also currently advertised on the GTCS website.

ED504W: LEADING EFFECTIVE IMPROVEMENT

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This module provides opportunities for participants to investigate current theories and research in school-improvement,  and further explore  those theories in relation to practices in their own school/work environment, along with the principles and practices of self-evaluation that inform them.  A seminar format will be followed providing participants the opportunity to contribute to discussion and actively input ideas relating to ways and means of initiating and leading school improvement. Participants will meet regularly in a virtual, online learning environment which facilitates discussion and inter-action with others. Many of the principals and practices of school improvement are transferable to other organizations.

ED505A: MINDFULNESS

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

ED505A Mindfulness is the first course in the MSc in Studies in Mindfulness. The course introduces the three elements of the Programme: mindfulness practice, the study of mindfulness (and associated concepts) and the relevance of mindfulness to a self-selected professional, work or voluntary context. An introduction to developing a sustained, formal mindfulness practice, based upon a unique approach, is encompassed within the course. Within the course there are two residential weekends of teaching, study and practice.   

The course is assessed through the submission and assessment of a written assignment (6000-8000 words).

ED505L: INSIGHT

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course follows the same teaching approach as the first two courses. Its distinctive feature is understanding how and why we get caught up in habitual patterns of thinking and behaviour. Mindfulness and Compassion provide the foundation for clear seeing into the hidden mechanisms that give rise to conditioned reactions; and seeing how these have their roots in the subliminal level of mental activity. Practice is developed through Insight meditation and reflection. The module also draws on insights from evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and Buddhism.

The course is assessed by a written assignment (6000-8000 words). 

 

 

ED505M: SHAPING PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY AND PRACTICE: USING CRITICAL REFLECTION

20 credits

Level 5

Both Sessions

This module will form participants' first engagement with the 'In Headship' programme and be undertaken for the duration of the full programme.  During this module participants will engage critically and reflect on their transition to headship as they pursue equity and excellence through building capacity in self and others.

 

The unit will consist of an initial intensive study one night residential for the national cohort which includes a series of online critically reflective tasks pre-and post this event which draw on academic reading and experiences in practice). 

ED505N: PURSUING EXCELLENCE AND EQUITY

20 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This module will provide focused challenge, requiring new head teachers to undertake a situational analysis and write action plans specifying what they want to achieve in their new post with an emphasis on strategic planning for school improvement drawing upon a range of academic literature and research evidence.

 

The mode of delivery for this module will be a blended model of face-to-face sessions complemented by online components.

 

There will be a focus on evaluative writing linked to strategic reporting which will be reflected in the formative and summative assessment tasks.

ED50CB: COUNSELLING AND MENTORING APPROACHES IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS

30 credits

Level 5

Both Sessions

This course is designed to extend knowledge and understanding and enhance practice in counselling and mentoring.  Participants will develop a critical understanding of the theoretical concepts and principles underpinning approaches to counselling and mentoring; reflect critically on their own attitudinal qualities, interpersonal and communication skills when in role as a counsellor, mentor and mentee; through skills development, enhance their skills when involved in educational contexts; contribute to enhancing the quality of provision within their learning community through undertaking counselling, coaching and mentoring related activities and reflect on the impact of their role on self and others.

ED50JH: SUCCESSFUL LEARNERS IN FURTHER EDUCATION

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course emphasises the role of the lecturer in enabling successful learning for all learners. This course encourages you to critically reflect on your understanding of your learners and yourself as a learner.  You will be encouraged to deepen your insight of the needs and characteristics of your learners, underpinned by appropriate theoretical ideas which address factors that impact on being successful learners. The course brings together ideas of reflective practice, effective facilitation of learning and the development of skills for learning. It will support you to become flexible, reflective, innovative, creative and committed to professional development. 

ED50KK: EXPLORING LEADERSHIP

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This fully on-line course examines the current debates and research on leadership, particularly as these apply to not-for-profit organizations, such as education, nursing and other services which provide for the well-being of young people and those in need of care. 

The Exploring Leadership course will give participants the opportunity to engage in learning and discussion with others interested in exploring current ideas about leadership in professional settings and other factors impacting on organizational effectiveness.

Theoretical models and explanatory frameworks will be examined, not just as academic exercises, but in the expectation that they can illuminate practical circumstances in professional settings.

ED50P7: ENHANCED PRACTICE IN EARLY YEARS EDUCATION (OWN SETTING)

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will allow students to engage with the theory and practice of working with children in a range of settings, 0-3, 3-5 and 508, but with a particular focus on the role of the teacher in the setting in which they work.  Students will explore a number of contemporary educational issues and approaches in Early Years Education.  Course content will support the Early Years Framework (2008) through the development of specialist Early Years provision which will help to build the resilience of children, improve the capacity of parents and contribute towards developing supportive communities.

ED50P9: LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT FROM PRE-BIRTH TO 8

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The course provides students with the opportunity to explore contemporary theories of language development and engage with the role of the practitioner in supporting the development of language and literacy across the age ranges 0-3, 3-5 and 5-8, but with a particular focus on the age range of the setting in which they are employed. The course will further build on core aspects of early years education previously studied in units ED50P7 and ED50P8.

ED50PJ: WORK-BASED PROJECT/DISSERTATION

60 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course will support you to frame, specify, plan, implement and report an academic or work-related research-based investigation or development. The course is available if you have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma and allows you to complete your Masters degree. Normally your diploma should have included courses which introduced the process and methods of conducting research. The work based project/dissertation course requires sustained independent research and you will receive individual or small group supervision. You will also have the opportunity to engage with workshops and online resources as part of a community of researchers in education and related areas.

ED5503: RESEARCH ISSUES AND RESEARCH METHODS

20 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This module will consider social, cultural, ethnic, gender, economic and spiritual influences on the development of the individual and the impact of personal bias, prejudice and stereotypes on the counsellor and the provision of counselling. It will also consider power and authority dynamics in the therapeutic process and the clinical challenges which are characteristic of working with particular client issues and client groups. Students will be working towards completing 150 hours of clinical work and submitting recording sessions for review by their group supervisor. In terms of the processing element of the programme, students will begin and complete their self-assessment statement.

The theoretical themes of the module will focus on:

 Working with different ‘client groups’

 Different theoretical approaches (CBT Formulation, Psychodynamic Processes)

 Integrating new developments in the Person-Centred approach

 New developments in the Person-Centred approach

 

ED552L: ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This on-line course offers the opportunity for teachers and others in alternative professional settings to attain the skills and understandings required to conduct action-based research within their own professional contexts. Participants will identify a research topic and prepare a proposal, supported by a line-manager, which will then form the basis of the course. A number of virtual face-to-face sessions will be conducted at intervals throughout the module giving participants the opportunity to interact with other members in whole group and small group settings. Assessment will include a poster presentation and a 5,000 word submission in a journal article format.

ED553D: QUALITY EARLY LEARNING AND CARE FOR SCHOOL MANAGEMENT TEAMS

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

​The target group for this course is professionals working within school management teams in primary schools with responsibiity for supporting staff working with children in the age range birth to 8, but who have had little of no experience themselves, beyond Initial Teacher Education courses as undergraduates,  in working with this age range. It would also be appropriate for those aspiring to management positions in primary schools. The course content will cover complexities, such as building resilience in children,  around best practice in supporting the development and learning of young children and will cover contemporary issues associated with this. Content will also focus on the child in the socio-cultural context.

The course will be delivered mainly by online, distance learning with the opportunity for an induction session on campus. Students will be actively encouraged to collaborate with others in the cohort. There will be opportunities for practice-based tasks and observations in other settings. Course materials will be underpinned with reference to wider reading.

ED554C: PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH AND WELLBEING

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

 

Personal and social development linked to health and wellbeing is increasingly recognised as central to an effective education in which the potential of the whole individual is developed.

Curriculum for Excellence and HW E&O’s emphasize the importance of planned approaches. This module is therefore designed to increase competence in identifying and meeting the developing needs of young people through effective planning.

The module covers aspects below:

  • planning, development and delivery of inter-disciplinary programmes of PSHE including assessment, evaluation and improvement planning
  • learner-centred approaches and the importance of a supportive climate

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ED554E: LEADING STRATEGIC CHANGE

40 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This is the second module in the recently developed, SCEL initiated Into Headship PG certificate programme. The aim of this course is to enable participants to gain the knowledge and understanding needed to manage a collaborative change process with members of the wider school community. The module will also map sets of strategies to address the educational issue identified in Module 1 of the PG Certificate.


ED555B: COMPASSION

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

ED555B Compassion is the second course in the MSc in Studies in Mindfulness. The key study theme is the role and importance of compassion within mindfulness. ED505B Compassion is unique not only in prioritising the study of compassion but also in developing compassion within mindfulness practice. Specific topics include evolutionary psychology, our compassionate nature and ‘the undercurrent and the observer’.


ED555N: BUILDING CAPACITY IN SELF AND OTHERS

20 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Participants continue to develop their identities as school leaders through critical self-reflection and building capacity in self and others by addressing a key strategic issue (identified in Module 2a).

 

The mode of delivery for this module will be a blended model of face-to-face sessions complemented by online components.

ED55JC: EMBRACING CHANGE AND INNOVATION IN FURTHER EDUCATION

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course encourages you to consider and embrace issues of innovation and change that arise from external and internal influences on the FE sector.  It provides an opportunity for you to develop innovative, professional ideas and practice, interlinking theoretical aspects with practice and considering future professional contexts.  The course offers an opportunity to reflect on the wider professional role and context, and the different influencing factors that impact on these, taking into consideration legislative, political, economic, social and technical changes, to help you develop resilience as a practitioner in a continually changing educational landscape.

ED55KK: EXPLORING LEADERSHIP

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This fully on-line course examines the current debates and research on leadership, particularly as these apply to not-for-profit organizations, such as education, nursing and other services which provide for the well-being of young people and those in need of care.

ED55LJ: LEADING CHANGE

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

 

Participants will review and critically appraise current conceptual understandings of change, gain an understanding of change management, and evaluate change processes in their own school/organisational setting. Implementing and managing change has become an on-going leadership task; coping with the complexity, ambiguity and stress which change can generate is seen as a key leadership skill. It is widely accepted that leaders and managers will succeed more often if they have the necessary knowledge of how to view, cope with, initiate and sustain change. This course is designed to increase the understanding of participants who are involved in leading to enhance performance.

 

 

ED55PJ: WORK-BASED PROJECT/DISSERTATION

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will support you to frame, specify, plan, implement and report an academic or work-related research-based investigation or development. The course is available if you have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma and allows you to complete your Masters degree. Normally your diploma should have included courses which introduced the process and methods of conducting research. The work based project/dissertation course requires sustained independent research and you will receive individual or small group supervision. You will also have the opportunity to engage with workshops and online resources as part of a community of researchers in education and related areas.


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