Core Module Information
Module title: Dissertation - Research in Blended and Online Education

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: EDU11115
Module leader: Stuart Taylor
School Department of Learning, Teaching & Enhancement
Subject area group: Learning and Teaching Enhancement
Prerequisites

n/a

Description of module content:

This module provides you with guidance and support towards your completion of an individual research project – a dissertation - whose theme complements your learning on the MSc Blended and Online Education programme. Traditionally your dissertation should be a written piece of work, but here, at least one element should be presented as a digital artefact. You may submit a patchwork collection of digital artefacts, in negotiation with your supervisor and examiner, as substantive elements of your work. In either case, work must be the result of independent, critical investigation which evidences the use of relevant research methods and detailed knowledge of established literature and other sources in the chosen area of study. You will be assigned a personal supervisor who is tasked with monitoring your progress as well as offering feedback, advice and guidance. You will also have an identified internal examiner who examines the final dissertation and takes the lead at the viva. There are three deliverables prior to final submission: (1) Project Proposal (observing a formal approval process undertaken by the supervisor and student); (2) Initial Report; (3) Outline Dissertation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Develop extensive knowledge of a specialist area of investigation, and develop and justify research questions appropriate to the area, issues or problems identified
LO2: Critically explore and review literature relevant to the topic chosen
LO3: Underpinned by an identified philosophical position, plan and justify an appropriate academic research methodology appropriate to an in-depth research project
LO4: Manage research and writing schedules, and gather, analyse, synthesise and interpret data with which to explore research questions
LO5: Devise an appropriate form with which to present arguments, findings and conclusions.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, ONLINE,
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: ONLINE
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Louise Drumm
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is supported through Moodle, with online opportunities for engagement and collaboration with cohort colleagues, and with access to materials and support which (LO1) enable you to select and explore an appropriate area of investigation and form your research topic and questions, gaining confidence in your understanding of the obligations and requirements of a research project. There are distinct opportunities here for you to choose areas for discussion which link in with Edinburgh Napier’s own research themes, and guidance will be provided in your focus in an appropriate area. Independent learning constitutes the major component of activity, and will help to develop project management, data gathering and synthesis skills (LO4) and improve your independent and critical capacities (LO2). Guided support and feedback from the supervisor in planning and justifying an appropriate methodology (LO3) and in presenting ideas (LO5) is available throughout, with opportunities for regular skype sessions available. Additionally, all learning outcomes (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) will be incorporated into occasional skillsfocused online workshops, facilitated by programme staff and colleagues from Edinburgh Napier University.

Formative Assessment:
You will receive formative feedback from your supervisor at points along the path of the study, but are expected largely to manage your own journey through the module. However, opportunities for engagement between and across cohorts of dissertation students will be available online in discussion forums on the VLE course, and students are encouraged to share best practice with each other throughout. You must attend a viva voce. The viva is conducted online, at a negotiated time after week 30.


Summative Assessment:
You are expected to complete and submit an original dissertation. Traditionally this is a written piece of work, of approximately 15,000 words but, mindful of the nature of this programme’s approach towards innovative modular design and of our students’ increasing digital skills, in negotiation with your supervisor and examiner at the outset, you may submit a substantive element of your work as a series of coherent and relevant digital artefacts. In the event that you choose to submit in more traditional format you will still be asked to submit at least one component as a digital artefact. The dissertation is a summative piece of assessment, worth 100% of the final mark in this module, and submitted at week 30. Your dissertation is assessed independently by both your supervisor and designated internal examiner. A provisional mark is agreed prior to the viva. The viva is your opportunity to defend your work on the digital dissertation. The final mark is awarded after the viva.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Project Supervision 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 595
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 30 , WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2022/3, Trimester 2, ONLINE,
VIEW FULL DETAILS
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: ONLINE
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Louise Drumm
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is supported through Moodle, with online opportunities for engagement and collaboration with cohort colleagues, and with access to materials and support which (LO1) enable you to select and explore an appropriate area of investigation and form your research topic and questions, gaining confidence in your understanding of the obligations and requirements of a research project. There are distinct opportunities here for you to choose areas for discussion which link in with Edinburgh Napier’s own research themes, and guidance will be provided in your focus in an appropriate area. Independent learning constitutes the major component of activity, and will help to develop project management, data gathering and synthesis skills (LO4) and improve your independent and critical capacities (LO2). Guided support and feedback from the supervisor in planning and justifying an appropriate methodology (LO3) and in presenting ideas (LO5) is available throughout, with opportunities for regular skype sessions available. Additionally, all learning outcomes (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) will be incorporated into occasional skillsfocused online workshops, facilitated by programme staff and colleagues from Edinburgh Napier University.

Formative Assessment:
You will receive formative feedback from your supervisor at points along the path of the study, but are expected largely to manage your own journey through the module. However, opportunities for engagement between and across cohorts of dissertation students will be available online in discussion forums on the VLE course, and students are encouraged to share best practice with each other throughout. You must attend a viva voce. The viva is conducted online, at a negotiated time after week 30.


Summative Assessment:
You are expected to complete and submit an original dissertation. Traditionally this is a written piece of work, of approximately 15,000 words but, mindful of the nature of this programme’s approach towards innovative modular design and of our students’ increasing digital skills, in negotiation with your supervisor and examiner at the outset, you may submit a substantive element of your work as a series of coherent and relevant digital artefacts. In the event that you choose to submit in more traditional format you will still be asked to submit at least one component as a digital artefact. The dissertation is a summative piece of assessment, worth 100% of the final mark in this module, and submitted at week 30. Your dissertation is assessed independently by both your supervisor and designated internal examiner. A provisional mark is agreed prior to the viva. The viva is your opportunity to defend your work on the digital dissertation. The final mark is awarded after the viva.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Project Supervision 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 595
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 30 , WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2022/3, Trimester 3, ONLINE,
VIEW FULL DETAILS
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: ONLINE
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Louise Drumm
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is supported through Moodle, with online opportunities for engagement and collaboration with cohort colleagues, and with access to materials and support which (LO1) enable you to select and explore an appropriate area of investigation and form your research topic and questions, gaining confidence in your understanding of the obligations and requirements of a research project. There are distinct opportunities here for you to choose areas for discussion which link in with Edinburgh Napier’s own research themes, and guidance will be provided in your focus in an appropriate area. Independent learning constitutes the major component of activity, and will help to develop project management, data gathering and synthesis skills (LO4) and improve your independent and critical capacities (LO2). Guided support and feedback from the supervisor in planning and justifying an appropriate methodology (LO3) and in presenting ideas (LO5) is available throughout, with opportunities for regular skype sessions available. Additionally, all learning outcomes (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) will be incorporated into occasional skillsfocused online workshops, facilitated by programme staff and colleagues from Edinburgh Napier University.

Formative Assessment:
You will receive formative feedback from your supervisor at points along the path of the study, but are expected largely to manage your own journey through the module. However, opportunities for engagement between and across cohorts of dissertation students will be available online in discussion forums on the VLE course, and students are encouraged to share best practice with each other throughout. You must attend a viva voce. The viva is conducted online, at a negotiated time after week 30.


Summative Assessment:
You are expected to complete and submit an original dissertation. Traditionally this is a written piece of work, of approximately 15,000 words but, mindful of the nature of this programme’s approach towards innovative modular design and of our students’ increasing digital skills, in negotiation with your supervisor and examiner at the outset, you may submit a substantive element of your work as a series of coherent and relevant digital artefacts. In the event that you choose to submit in more traditional format you will still be asked to submit at least one component as a digital artefact. The dissertation is a summative piece of assessment, worth 100% of the final mark in this module, and submitted at week 30. Your dissertation is assessed independently by both your supervisor and designated internal examiner. A provisional mark is agreed prior to the viva. The viva is your opportunity to defend your work on the digital dissertation. The final mark is awarded after the viva.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Project Supervision 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 595
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 30 , WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
EDU11115 Dissertation - Research in Blended and Online Education