Postgraduate taught 

Educational Leadership MEd

Designing and Planning a Practitioner Enquiry EDUC5853

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course examines the underpinning purposes of practitioner enquiry and the development of professional learning and practice. A range of enquiry methods are examined and the outcome of the course is a proposal and plan for a practitioner enquiry.


Part-time provision - evenings or Saturdays

Excluded Courses




A 4,000 word assignment must be completed. The assignment is a proposal for a practitioner enquiry to be completed in the final phase of the degree programme.



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 examine the purpose of practitioner enquiry

To appraise different models of professional enquiry

To develop skills in designing and planning practitioner enquiries

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas.


Knowledge and Understanding:

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

- describe different models of practitioner enquiry

- outline different methodologies used in practitioner enquires

- justify a proposal for a practitioner enquiry


Skills and Other Attributes:

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


Subject-specific/practical skills

- compare and contrast different models of practitioner enquiry

- designing and planning practitioner enquiries


Intellectual skills

- draw on ideas from literature and research to support practice

- constructing a rationale to underpin practice

- critically reflect on professional experience and learning


By the end of this programme, students will be able to demonstrate:

Transferable/key skills

- presentation skills

- designing projects

- action planning

- generating and applying success criteria

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Participants must achieve a minimum of a D grade in the assignment