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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview


Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Jayne Bruce

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

  • Education (ED) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

There are three study units Unit 1: Identifying a Focus and Rationale The purposes of independent study; forms of investigation; the benefits of sustained independent study; the selection of an area, theme or focus; making links to other study modules and practice; the place of research literature and other reading. Unit 2: Background Reading and Study Plans The value of background reading; finding sources and resources; making use of literature and other sources; identifying themes and areas for study; finding and framing questions; identifying methods of evidence gathering; setting aims and objects in a timeline; planning practicalities; time management. Negotiating a contract of study and working with others Unit 3: Implementation and Reporting Effective communication; ensuring rigour and quality; collecting and analysing evidence; discussing and presenting findings and conclusions. This module may be available in both contact and distance learning formats with optional support and interaction through computer mediated communication. Participants will complete a series of tutorials, readings and practical activities as appropriate in preparation for completion of an independent study or development. Additional contact-based elements of delivery may be added where circumstances allow (up to an overall total of 40 hours). 1st attempt: Formative assessment activities are embedded in the distance learning materials to prompt and structure regular participant-tutor contacts and to scaffold the final summative assessment activity.

Further Information & Notes

This course is also available as an option as follows: ED50EN (Inclusive Practice) ED50FB (Advanced Educational Studies) ED50CR (Chartered Teacher - Aberdeen students) ED50CS (Chartered Teacher - Inverness students) ED50CT (Chartered Teacher - e-learning option) ED50PP (Leadership in Professional Settings).

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

The summative assessment instrument requires participants to plan, implement and evaluate an independent learning activity centred on a theme or topic of their choice. Summative assessment will be based on submission of a 6000-8000 word report of the work undertaken, along with any associated materials generated. Assessment will be criteria-based. Resit: There will be one opportunity to resubmit the work completed, as revised to take account of identified inadequacies in the original.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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