EDUC 7557 - Teaching Dissertation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

Under the supervision of University of Adelaide Research Supervisors, students will undertake a research project to be completed and written up by the end of Semester 1. Throughout the semester students must attend periodic scheduled meetings with their supervisor and participate in workshops aligned to their research needs. Students must have a current DCSI Clearance and RAN (EC) training certificate

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 7557
    Course Teaching Dissertation
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites EDUC 7054
    Course Description Under the supervision of University of Adelaide Research Supervisors, students will undertake a research project to be completed and written up by the end of Semester 1.
    Throughout the semester students must attend periodic scheduled meetings with their supervisor and participate in workshops aligned to their research needs.
    Students must have a current DCSI Clearance and RAN (EC) training certificate
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lynda MacLeod

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of the course students will be able to: APST (Graduate)*
    1 Gather, form and critique knowledge from published research 1.2, 2.1, 6.2, 7.1
    2 Seek knowledge through the practices and inquiry modes of a scholar-educator. 7.1
    3 Develop and apply an appropriate research design. 3.6, 6.1
    4 Communicate the research process, findings and appropriate conclusions, and where appropriate indicate the significance of the findings for educational practice and/or further research. 7.1

    *Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) -

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    There is no compulsory textbook for this course. Rather, students will be required to read selected literature on key research design processes and disciplinary texts as appropriate. In consultation with your supervisor you will undertake readings from professional and academic sources related to your research problem, the design and methods of your project, and any other specific readings required to complete the project.

    For additional guidance on research methodology and structure, please utilize your earlier readings for the research methodology courses you have attended.

    Recommended Resources
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Workshops/presentation, face-to-face and/or online meetings with supervisors.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This is a 12-unit course and thus anticipates a full-time workload of 624 hours.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week(s) Activity Learning Outcomes APST (Graudate)
    1 Seminar presentation/workshop 1,2,3,4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1
    1-2 Interactions with a research supervisor expanding and refining literature review; refining the research question; confirming the methodology 1,2,3,4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1
    3-12 Meet with supervisor on a fortnightly basis. 1,2,3,4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1
    6 Seminar presentation/workshop/online activity/other resource showcasing research to date. 1,2,3,4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1
    8-12 Write up Teaching Dissertation 1,2,3,4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1
    12 Submission of Teaching Dissertation

    Submission of executive summary/resource for school
    1,2,3,4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1
    13 Student conference showcasing Teaching Dissertation as it appears in e-portfolio 1,2,3,4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome APST (Graduate)
    Teaching Disseration
    (20,000 words)

    Week 12

    100% 1,2,3,4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1
    Assessment Detail
    Detailed requirements of your project will be provided through dialogue with your supervisor. A comprehensive rubric may be downloaded from MyUni that will provide guidance on points to cover for assessment.
    Online through Turnitin on MyUni
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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