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Course Overview

This course provides the opportunity for students to critically investigate and improve aspects of their professional practice through enquiry. The course essentially explores the notion of the practitioner researcher within the policy – theory – research – practice landscape. The development of knowledge and understanding of the research process, and the evidence-based design, implementation and analysis of an investigation exploring an important context-specific aspect of each student’s professional practice, are key elements of the course. On-line tutor-led group sessions are used at key points to provide formative support for student learning.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No

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  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description

Course provides the opportunity for participants to acquire and practice skills associated with the planning and implementation of development work in an identified area within their own setting. Through: § Exploring the relationships between policy, practice and research; § Examining professional development within the current context of professionalism; § Understanding different research paradigms, their underlying philosophies and the concept of ‘methodology’; § Understanding qualitative research methods and forms of inquiry. § Developing information/literature search skills; § Interrogating 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

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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

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Course Learning Outcomes


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