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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Mr Neil McLennan

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course provides the opportunity for participants to acquire and practice skills associated with the planning and implementation of an action research project within the participant’s work-base or related area. Through:  Exploring the relationships between policy, practice and research;  Reducing the gap between theory and practice and cutting the theory and practice divide  Examining professional development within the current context of professionalism;  Understanding the action research within the qualitative and mixed methods research paradigm, the associated underlying philosophies and the important concept of ‘methodology’;  Understanding where Action research sits in relation to other qualitative research methods and forms of inquiry.  Developing information/literature search skills;  reviewing research reports and reading critically; identifying methodological issues;  Writing a literature review ;  Planning, designing and implementing a small scale research project;  Analysing data and representing research.  Disseminating research findings.

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

1st attempt: Participants will be required to submit for summative assessment assignment(s) equivalent to a total of 6000 words taking account of different reporting formats. Assessment will be criterion-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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