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Postgraduate Education 2021-2022

ED503E: DEVELOPING A THEORY OF PRACTICE: LEARNING AND MUSEUMS

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course will focus on the theoretical and professional issues relating to learning and museums, including informal and formal learning, professional identity, regulatory and curriculum contexts, relationships between community and professional providers and social inclusion. Alongside seminars, normally held in the University’s museums, tutor-directed activities will include visits and observation of learning activities in local museums and similar organisations.

The course is intended to enable participants to reflect on current provision and practice in relation to learning in museums through critical consideration of current constructions and understandings of the ways in which museums are sites of learning for visitors.

ED503Q: CRITICAL APPROACHES TO ACADEMIC LITERATURE

15 credits

Level 5

First 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

ED503U: ENHANCING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE THROUGH RESEARCH

30 credits

Level 5

Full Year

This course provides the opportunity to engage in an extended, context-specific classroom-based (action) research project to enhance the learning of pupils, self and others. Aligning with aspects of current discourse in education, participants will demonstrate a respect for evidence, in turn evaluating the impact of their project on self/others.  Through an enquiry based approach participants will work with others (in learning communities) to identify and carry forward their professional knowledge in a specialist area of interest with a particular emphasis on pupil learning gains.

ED504D: DEVELOPING AS A STRATEGIC LEADER

20 credits

Level 5

Full Year

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

Full Year

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.

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

0 credits

Level 5

Full Year

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 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 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

Full Year

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 (4000-6000 words).

ED505E: ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING 30 SM POINTS (MINDFULNESS)

30 credits

Level 5

Full Year

Many registered teachers throughout Scotland have undertaken courses in mindfulness, and are practicing and teaching mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness can have a positive impact, personally and professionally, this can be evident in subtle, implicit enhancements to professional practice. Furthermore, some teachers are explicitly teaching mindfulness to children and young people and/or introducing mindfulness practice to colleagues.

As mindfulness increasingly features in the curriculum and in approaches to learning and teaching and as mindfulness initiatives are developed to promote health and well-being at school and work, the programme will allow teachers to gain GTC(S) Professional Recognition in mindfulness as an area of expertise.

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). 

 

 

ED505S: RESEARCH METHODS FOR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course aims to provide participants with a critical working knowledge of the key aspects of research and enquiry, in the context of professional learning and the enhancement of professional practice. Participants will source and critically engage with relevant literature and other evidence to provide a backdrop to the design of a small-scale enquiry in professional context. Decisions taken during all aspects of enquiry design will be justified using evidence. Enquiry processes implemented will be critically evaluated, and implications for future practice uncovered.

ED508A: DISCOVERING MINDFULNESS

15 credits

Level 5

Full Year

This is a flexible online 15 credit (SCQF11) Masters course that allows students to learn about Mindfulness, what it is, how it can be practised and how it has been applied. This course allows student to undergo an introduction to definitions and debates around mindfulness, as well as look at evidence of its application, potential and efficacy in multiple contexts. Students will also be required to undergo a range of mindfulness practices. This course therefore blends academic and experiential learning as students interogate the claims made for mindfulness and also undergo an experiential training in key practices. This course can be taken by anyone who has an interest in mindfulness and professionals from various contexts such as Healthcare, Education, Business, Sport, Community Work and Creativity will be able to look at literaure and evidence for the application of mindfulness, as well as investigate how they can also apply it to their work. Given the appetite for mindfulness in society this course can be a significant addition to the continuing professional development of students. For example, teachers who graduate in this course can put it towards professional recognition in mindfulness with the General Teaching Council.

ED50BL: CURRICULUM, TRANSFORMATION AND CHANGE

30 credits

Level 5

Full Year

This module examines the concept of change as it relates to the development of inclusive curricula, and considers the influences and assumptions that shape the curriculum. It is designed to develop an understanding of the inter-relationships amongst various organisational systems, and to examine the professional and personal activities that take place within these interconnected systems.

ED50G6: PROFESSIONAL LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT WITH THEORETICAL PRINCIPLES

30 credits

Level 5

Full Year

This course aims to:

  • enhance and extend professional practice in the teaching of subject/stage through the medium of Gaelic
  • familiarise students with the support structures available in Gaelic education
  • provide the advanced knowledge, understanding and skills required to deliver subject/stage in Gaelic medium
  • develop the relevant Gaelic language skills so that participants are able to teach through the medium of Gaelic and respond to the needs of the pupils they teach
  • provide knowledge and understanding of the range of theoretical perspectives relating to immersion and bilingual teaching and the promotion of Gaelic Medium Education

ED50GI: DISSERTATION

60 credits

Level 5

Full Year

The dissertation forms the final part of the Master of Research degree. This course aims to support participants as they frame, specify, plan, carry out and report on a research-based investigation.   For students who plan to complete their studies with the MRes, the dissertation will report on a completed piece of independent and original research.  Other students, with prior agreement from the Director of Postgraduate Research Degrees, who plan to proceed to doctoral studies, may use their MRes dissertation as part of the preparation for subsequent PhD study.

ED50KK: EXPLORING LEADERSHIP

30 credits

Level 5

Full Year

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.

ED50NA: FOUNDATIONS OF PERSON-CENTRED COUNSELLING

30 credits

Level 5

Full Year

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 1st module of the counselling programme.

ED50NC: DEVELOPMENT OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING PRACTICE

30 credits

Level 5

Full Year

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework.  Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 3rd module of the counselling programme.

ED50NE: FOUNDATIONS AND THERAPEUTIC PROCESS IN PERSON-CENTRED COUNSELLING

60 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 1st module of the fulltime counselling programme.

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

30 credits

Level 5

Full Year

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

Full Year

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

Full Year

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.

ED50SC: SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE FOR COUNSELLING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

A specialist post-graduate certificate /CPD course for counselling children and young people – ages 4 – 18. Following the BACP’s evidence informed framework, to ensure counsellors gain knowledge and competence for working with children and young people in an ethical and effective way. The course content includes ethical and professional practice, child protection and safeguarding, child and adolescent development, working with diversity, measuring and monitoring outcomes and young people’s mental health. The course has a credit bearing award ensuring professional standards are met and applicants must have a professionally validated/accredited qualification in Counselling/Psychotherapy to be accepted on the course.

ED5501: INCLUSIVE PEDAGOGY

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The concept of Inclusive Pedagogy has been developed by studying the practice of primary and secondary classroom teachers who think about learning and teaching in a novel way. This approach acknowledges and responds to difficulties that children may face in their learning in ways that respect the dignity of the child in the community of the classroom. This approach leads to innovative partnerships between classroom teachers and other specialists such as additional support needs (ASN). It offers a framework for thinking about learning and teaching that can support planning and classroom practice.

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.

ED553Q: 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

ED553V: ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE & QUALITATIVE DATA RESEARCH

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The course provides students with an opportunity to develop a specific understanding of issues in the design and implementation of research, and the analysis and interpretation of research, within a social/educational context.  A variety of methodological orientations are studied: mixed methods analysis; narrative enquiry; phenomenology, advanced quantitative research design and multivariate analysis.  It aims to provide the knowledge, skills and understanding required for the dissertation stage of the programme

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 Health and Wellbeing 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

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’.

 

 

ED555J: PROFESSIONAL ENQUIRY (MINDFULNESS)

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

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.

 

 

ED55BL: CURRICULUM, TRANSFORMATION AND CHANGE

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This module examines the concept of change as it relates to the development of inclusive curricula, and considers the influences and assumptions that shape the curriculum. It is designed to develop an understanding of the inter-relationships amongst various organisational systems, and to examine the professional and personal activities that take place within these interconnected systems.

ED55G7: PROFESSIONAL LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT WITH PRINCIPLES AND THEORY

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course aims to:

  • provide a critical appreciation of how the key concepts of language understanding and development are integrated into subject/stage teaching and how they impact on each other
  • give participants opportunities to understand and review critically pedagogies used to deliver their stage/subject through Gaelic medium
  • examine theories of learning in the context of Gaelic medium and to engage the participants in an interrogation of how the Gaelic language is used in the classroom to teach the subject/stage and how children use the Gaelic language
  • examine policy initiatives and their relationship with Gaelic Medium education

ED55JD: CHANGE AND INNOVATION IN FURTHER EDUCATION

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course encourages you to consider 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 your wider professional role and context, and the different factors that impact on these, taking into consideration, social, political, economic, legislative, and technical changes. This course will help you develop critical responses to a continually changing educational landscape.

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.

ED55NB: THERAPEUTIC PROCESS IN PERSON-CENTRED COUNSELLING

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 2nd module of the counselling programme.

ED55ND: REFLEXIVITY AND PROFESSIONAL ENQUIRY

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework. Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 4th module of the counselling programme.


ED55NF: DEVELOPMENT OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, REFLEXIVITY AND ENQUIRY

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course aims to enable students to develop the personal qualities and professional skills necessary for competent and reflective practitioners within a person centred framework.  Self-awareness, counselling theory, practice and research are integrated to a level that enables course members to engage with therapeutic processes in a range of counselling relationships. Although the counselling programme is structured on a modular basis it is conceptualised as a comprehensive experience. The programme has four strands: Counselling Relationship and Therapeutic Process; Counselling Theory and Research; Personal Development; Professional Development. This course constitutes the 2nd module of the fulltime counselling programme.

ED55P8: WIDER PERSPECTIVES FOR ENHANCED PRACTICE IN EARLY YEARS EDUCATION

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will  allow students to engage with the theory and practice of the role of the teacher in the setting in which they work, but with a particular focus on the other two settings in age range (0-3, 3-5, 5-8) in which they are not normally employed. This course is designed to follow on from and compliment ED50P7. 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.


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.

ED59NA: MASTERS DISSERTATION - PERSON-CENTRED COUNSELLING

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. 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 counselling related areas. 

ED59NB: MASTERS DISSERTATION - PERSON-CENTRED COUNSELLING

30 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. 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 counselling related areas. 

ED50HD: PROFESSIONAL ENQUIRY

30 credits

Level 6

Full Year

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