EDUC 7559A - Teaching Dissertation Part 1
North Terrace Campus - Quadmester 4 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code EDUC 7559A Course Teaching Dissertation Part 1 Coordinating Unit School of Education Term Quadmester 4 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact 2x Workshops = 4 hours, Meetings with Supervisor = 8 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Corequisites EDUC 7054 Incompatible EDUC 7557 Restrictions Available to MTeach (MiddleSec) students only Course Description Under the supervision of the University of Adelaide Research Supervisors, students will undertake a practiced-based research project to be written up as a dissertation. 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. The dissertation is to be undertaken part-time over the two Quadmesters of the Master of Teaching (Middle and Secondary) program. Students must enrol in Part 1 and 2 of the course.
Course Coordinator: Dr Lynda MacLeod
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
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) - https://www.aitsl.edu.au/teach/standards
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)
1, 2, 3, 4 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
1, 2, 3, 4 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
1, 2, 3, 4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3, 4 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
1, 2, 3, 4 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
1, 2, 3, 4
Required ResourcesThere 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.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesWorkshops/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.The University’s Coursework Academic Programs Policy stipulates all courses will have a Student Workload of 156 hours for each 3
Units of the Course.
EDUC 7559A Teaching Dissertation Part 1 and EDUC 7559B Teaching Dissertation Part 2 are two parts of a 12-unit research dissertation. Students are expected to devote a combined total of 624 hours (or 312 hours per part)
WORKLOAD (EDUC 7559A & EDUC 7559B) TOTAL HOURS 2 x 2 hour workshops 4 hours Meetings with supervisor to define and refine research project topic
(Week 1-4 of EDUC 7559A; approx. 2 x 1.5 hour meetings)
3 hours Fortnightly meetings with supervisor (approx. 1 hour)
- 5 meetings for EDUC 7559A
- 6 meetings for EDUC 7559B
11 hours 13 hours of reading and research per week 299 hours 13 hours of writing per week 299 hours Student Conference (1 day) 8 hours TOTAL: 624 hours
Learning Activities SummaryThe dissertation is to be undertaken part-time over the two Quadmesters of the Master of Teaching (Middle and Secondary) program. Students must enrol in Part 1 and 2 of the course
EDUC 7559A Teaching Disseration Part 1 Week Topic / Activity Learning Outcomes APST (Graduate) Week 1
(of EDUC 7559A)
Seminar /workshop 1, 2, 3, 4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1 Week 1-3
(of EDUC 7559A)
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 Week 3-10
(of EDUC 7559A)
Meet with supervisor on a fortnightly basis. 1, 2, 3, 4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1 Week 10
(of EDUC 7559A)
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 EDUC 7559B Teaching Dissertation Part 2 Week Topic / Activity Learning Outcomes APST (Graudate) Weeks 1–7
(of EDUC 7559B)
Write up Teaching Dissertation;
Meet with supervisor on a fortnightly basis
1, 2, 3, 4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1 Week 7-10
(of EDUC 7559B)
Complete executive summary/resource for school Meet with supervisor on a fortnightly basis 1, 2, 3, 4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1 Week 10
(of EDUC 7559B)
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 Week 10
(of EDUC 7559B)
Student conference showcasing Teaching Dissertation as it appears in ePortfolio 1, 2, 3, 4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1
Specific Course RequirementsStudents must have a current DCSI Clearance and RAN (EC) training certificate
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome APST (Graduate) Refined research question, refined and confirmed research design, and expanded and refined literature review Formative
Week 3 of EDUC 7559A
1, 2, 3 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1 Executive summary/ resource for school Formative Week 10 of EDUC 7559B Non-graded assessment 1, 2, 3, 4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1 Teaching Dissertation
(Total Word Count: 20,000 words)
Summative Week 10 of EDUC 7559B 100% 1, 2, 3, 4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1 Student conference showcasing Teaching Dissertation as it appears in e-portfolio Formative TBC Non-graded assessment 4 1.2, 2.1, 3.6, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1
Assessment DetailDetailed 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.
SubmissionOnline through Turnitin on MyUni
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NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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