Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM308: Preparing for Educational Research and Dissertation

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction to research
  • Designing a small-scale study
  • Reviewing literature: critical analysis and synthesis
  • Research methodologies
  • Research ethics
  • Data collection methods: questionnaires, interviews, observations
  • Data analysis methods: qualitative and quantitative
  • Writing a dissertation.

This module encompasses two interrelated phases: an initial preparatory phase which introduces research methodology and research design; and a dissertation phase in which you conduct and complete the chosen research enquiry. 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities1010 x 60 minute online/face to face lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities2010 x 120 minute seminars- face to face or synchronous online.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities10Individual supervision
Guided Independent Study50Directed tasks through module online materials eg reading, preparing outline of study, drafting data collection instruments etc.
Guided Independent Study50Preparation of research proposal and ethical approval
Guided Independent Study460Carrying out of research enquiry, for example, gathering data, analysing data, writing dissertation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).