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EDUC5270M Dissertation in Digital Education

60 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Katharine Stapleford

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

EDUC5001MCritical Study
EDUC5431MDissertation in TESOL (China)
EDUC5434MDissertation in Research Methods
EDUC5435MDissertation in Deaf Education
EDUC5436MDissertation in TESOL Studies: Portfolio
EDUC5437MDissertation in Teaching
EDUC5438MDissertation in MA TESOL Studies
EDUC5904MDissertation in MA TESOL programmes and MA TESOL Studies

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is an independent small-scale research project, designed and carried out with the support of an individual supervisor. Students will be expected to present their research using innovative digital tools that are appropriate to the content.


In completing this module students will be able to:
- identify either a topic of immediate individual concern in the field of digital education, either in own professional context or more widely;
- engage in discussion with a tutor(s) concerning how this topic might be investigated;
- under supervision, carry out reading and study, and, if appropriate, empirical research, on this topic;
- put this topic in a broader perspective, ensuring where appropriate that the experience of more than one educational institution is considered and that recent evidence/research of the national/local situation is included;
- under supervision, write up and present the study in an appropriate form.

Learning outcomes
- Identifying a researchable problem in the area of Digital Education
- Designing a small-scale research study in the field of Digital Education
- Planning, conducting and writing a literature review
- Conducting a small-scale research project or extended literature review
- Presenting a research project using tools appropriate to the field of Digital Education


Students negotiate their dissertations on an individual basis under the guidance of the module tutor and their allocated dissertation supervisor.

Research skills will be taught in the module EDUC5266M: Researching Digital Education and put into practice through this dissertation.

Students will be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will discuss the dissertation proposal and meet with them on a regular basis as the study progresses.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours594.00
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

This module is an independent small scale research project although students may choose to undertake an extended literature review. With the support of an individual supervisor, students will work independently to develop research questions, find and read appropriate source material, design a research project (using skills developed in the research module), collect data where appropriate, analyse data and discuss findings in relation to the literature. Students will also work independently to write up the research.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students progress will be monitored through the supervision meetings. Additional meetings may be arranged, as required, subject to agreement between the student and the supervisor.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationDissertation of 12,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits will be in the same format as the original submission.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 24/06/2022


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