Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Professional Enquiry DUMF5109

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to methods of professional enquiry to evaluate classroom practice and pupil learning.


2-hour lecture per week for 8 weeks

1-hour seminar per week for 8 weeks

Requirements of Entry

Entry onto the PGDE Primary Education (Dumfries) / PGDE Secondary STEM subjects (Dumfries) programme (as appropriate).

Excluded Courses





Research proposal 3000 words (50% weighting) - ILOs 1 & 2

Individual Presentation (50% weighting) - a presentation of research findings, limitations, considerations for future research and how the findings can be used to inform future classroom practice (ILO 3)

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake an investigation in their professional context and to share their findings to enhance their own and others' practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Theorise research questions and propose a research methodology to enable the collection and analysis of data to enhance practice.

2. Create new knowledge in their professional contexts through education research and professional enquiry. 

3. Critically reflect on research findings, comment on the enquiry process and suggest improvements.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.