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ED50484: Dissertation for the MA TESOL

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Education
Further information on credits Credits: 30      [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 600
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Dissertation period
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: DS 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation (DS 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To provide a structured and supervised opportunity for students to design, conduct and evaluate a small-scale educational research project.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students should be able to demonstrate:
* Ability to select and justify the focus, scope and methodology of an educational research study;
* Ability to review, employ, and engage critically with an appropriate literature through the design, conduct and evaluation of an educational research study;
* Ability to collect, analyse and interpret data appropriately;
* Ability to draw appropriate conclusions from an educational research study, taking account of its strengths and limitations.

Skills:
Research design (T/F/A)
Reviewing of academic literature (T/F/A)
Research practice (T/F/A)
Data collection and analysis (T/F/A)
Presentation of research (T/F/A)
Key Skills
1. Make critical use of the literature of the field of TESOL or applied linguistics (T/F/A).
2. Make critical use of professional experience in the field of TESOL (T/F/A).
3. Undertake an educational study in an appropriately critical, original and balanced fashion (T/F/A).
4. Analyse, interpret and critique findings and arguments (T/F/A).
5. Collect, analyse and interpret data appropriately (T/F/A).
6. Draw appropriate conclusions from an education research study, taking account of its strengths and limitations (T/F/A).
7. Select and justify the focus, scope and methodology of an educational research study (T/F/A).
8. Review, employ, and engage critically with an appropriate literature through the design, conduct and evaluation of an educational research study (T/F/A).
9. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems (T/F/A).
10. Evaluate research and variety of types of information and evidence critically, also making informed judgements in the absence of complete data (T/F/A)
11. Initiate change in practice appropriately (T/F/A).
12. Contribute to professional debate in the field (A).
13. Act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level (A).
14. Communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences (T/F).
15. Manage change effectively and respond to changing demands (T).
16. Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress (F).
17. Develop new or higher level skill, for example in information technology (T/F/A).

Content:
Detailed content is negotiated (and re-negotiated as necessary as the research unfolds) between student and supervisor.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED50484 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • THED-AFM27 : MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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