Professional Enquiry

Module code: ED7102

Module co-ordinator: Dr Alison Fox

As part of your Masters, you will undertake a small-scale investigation of professional value to you and your organisation. This will run throughout the academic year.

We will help you to identify a professional challenge of interest and value to your organisation and then guide you through possible research approaches, after which you will decide on an appropriate design for your study. This will involve considering different ways to think about research and methods of data collection and analysis. You will be encouraged to work with others in developing your study and will be allocated a personal tutor to guide the development of your enquiry.

Before collecting your data you will need to gain ethical approval; we will help you develop the necessary documents and procedures to ensure your study is carried out sensitively, fairly and transparently.

Learning

There will be six one-day taught sessions across the year. This module also makes use of Blackboard, our virtual learning environment.

Provisional taught session dates for 2016/17 (subject to change):

  • Wednesday 19 October 2016, 1.00pm-6.00pm
  • Saturday 5 November 2016, 9.00am-1.00pm
  • Wednesday 7 December 2016, 1.00pm-6.00pm
  • Saturday 28 January 2017, 9.00am-1.00pm
  • Saturday 18 March 2017, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Saturday 20 May 2017, 9.00am-3.00pm

Assessment

  • The first chapters of a Professional Enquiry report, explaining your context, the study’s aims, relevant previously published work and the research design.
  • Write up the study after completing fieldwork and analysis. This includes an evaluation of the research design, presentation of your findings and a conclusion.
  • A presentation to a professional audience.