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EDR8801 Foundations of Research in Education

Semester 2, 2015 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Educ

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Staffing

Examiner: Jennifer Donovan
Moderator: Karen Trimmer

Rationale

It is important for Education practitioners to have a sound understanding of the foundations of professional studies in Education in order to design and implement appropriate studies, as well as to critically interpret and apply the findings of such studies to different educational contexts.

Synopsis

This course introduces learners to foundational principles for professional studies in Education. They will explore the theoretical body of knowledge that supports professional studies; develop an understanding of critical literacy skills; and learn how to critically analyze published professional studies in a selected area of expertise.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. critically analyze theoretical understandings of professional learning (Assignments 1 and 2)
  2. employ a range of critical literacy skills appropriate to postgraduate study (Assignments 1 and 2)
  3. critically analyze published professional studies in one selected field of study (Assignment 2)
  4. present a logical and well-supported argument based on a critical analysis of published professional studies (Assignment 2)
  5. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (Assignments 1 and 2).

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to professional studies 10.00
2. Theoretical foundations of professional studies 20.00
3. Critical analytical skills 30.00
4. Conducting a critical analysis 20.00
5. Writing a critical analysis essay 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2015&sem=02&subject1=EDR8801)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 50 13 Nov 2015
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 13 Nov 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at //www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.