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Course Overview

This course gives an overview of research proposal writing and sharing of research findings. Students will examine different characteristics of academic writing, academic reports and presentations. Critical review and analysis of examples of academic writing is undertaken to identify the structure and organisation of research proposal, academic papers, reports and presentations. The course aims to broaden understanding of empirical research, dissemination principles and processes by applying a critical analytical approach; and to develop the academic conventions associated with empirical or desk-based research. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Peter Mtika

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The topics to be covered on the course shall include:

·           Analysis and critique of published work;

·           Writing an annotated bibliography;

·           Scoping of relevant literature on a research problem of interest;

·           Developing a research proposal which clearly identifies a research problem, methodologies and methods, context of the study, related theoretical literature, ethics, data collection approaches.

·          Presentation skills and question management for contribution of findings to the research community, including abstract submission and paper development for research in progress;

·          Journal/Conference selection and procedures for submission of refereed papers;

·         Principles and practice of paper preparation for peer reviewed journals;

·         Participation in discussion groups and other research community opportunities linked to educational research.

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

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 31, 34
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 32 - 33, 35, 39

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

There are no assessments for this course.

Formative Assessment

Oral presentation (50%); written exam (50%).



Course Learning Outcomes


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