Dissertation for Enhanced Practice EDUC5965P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description



Mix of group and one-to-one supervision.

Requirements of Entry

All students must have successfully completed the Enhanced Practice Course averaging a C3 or above (University of Glasgow Schedule A)


PGDE or equivalent through APEL (accreditation of prior experiential learning)

Enhanced Practitioner (subject)


Assessment of your research will be by dissertation (between 12,000-15,000 words) that will provide students with an opportunity to undertake a supervised research exercise in a subject relevant to your subject specialism. A variety of work can be accepted in your specialist area as a legitimate research exercise for the M Ed. -a professional experience; a participant observation report; a case study; a critical account of the progressive building up of a curriculum.



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Course Aims

To provide students with an opportunity to undertake a supervised research exercise within the context of an agreed subject relevant to the subject area and rooted in school practice.

The course aims:

■ develop the ability to access and critically review relevant literature (information literacy)

■ develop the capacity to evaluate and use research in making educational decisions specifically in relation to the specialist subject area

■ introduce research skills - including qualitative and quantitative methods of enquiry, data collection and analysis.

■ To increase awareness of ethical issues in conducting practitioner research.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Plan and state in writing a strategy for undertaking a clearly defined research project which is connected to classroom practice in your specialist area

■ Critically review the significance of relevant knowledge in the field in the secondary literature relevant to your chosen topic

■ Implement a coherent methodology which demonstrates an awareness of alternative research strategies and use of techniques appropriate to your subject of investigation

■ Present your research in a clear and concise manner

■ Critically analyse and evaluate the significance of original research in the context of other relevant research in your field of study

■ Comply with standard conventions for referencing and bibliography consistently whilst avoiding plagiarism

■ Apply ethical procedures for collecting data.

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.