- Department: Education
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Dusana Dorjee
- Credit value: 60 credits
- Credit level: M
- Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
- See module specification for other years: 2020-21
- Notes: This is an independent study module
In this module you will independently design, conduct, analyse and write up an original empirical research study on a topic of your choice in the context of mental health and wellbeing in education. The module provides an opportunity to integrate and put into practice your learning on research, policy and practice in mental health and wellbeing across the course modules.
|A||Summer Term 2021-22|
This module aims to integrate and put into practice your knowledge and skills in research, policy and practice in mental health and wellbeing acquired across the programme modules. This will be accomplished by you independently designing, conducting, analysing and writing up an original ethically conducted empirical research study on a topic of your choice in the context of mental health and wellbeing in education. The module will also advance and integrate your transferable skills in critically analysing and synthesizing information from research, policy and practice sources and developing your own perspective on it, formulating well reasoned arguments, and advance your effective written communication, literature search and digital literacy skills.
At the end of this module:
1. You will have an integrated and advanced critical understanding of up-to-date research on mental health and wellbeing,
2. You will be able to formulate integrative critical appraisals of policy and practice in relation to relevant research on mental health and wellbeing in education.
3. You will have effective academic writing skills in communicating research, policy and practice in mental health and wellbeing in education.
4. You will be able to synthesise your research, policy and practice knowledge and prepare recommendations for innovate evidence-based strategies and interventions in mental health and wellbeing in education.
5. You will be able to independently design and conduct an original research project on mental health and wellbeing in education in all its phases including gaining research ethics approvals, collecting data and applying appropriate comprehensive data analysis methods,
6. You will be able to demonstrate advanced communication and research skills in being able to collaborate effectively with policy makers and/or teachers and other stakeholders during recruitment, data collection and results phases of the project.
Students will be encouraged to think about their possible dissertation topic from the beginning of their studies in the Autumn term and work to the following timetable:
Spring Week 5: Students submit a 1-page research proposal on a topic of their choice.
Spring Week 8: Students are allocated a dissertation supervisor.
Spring Week 9-10: Students meet with their dissertation supervisor to refine their research idea.
Summer Week 2: Students meet with their dissertation supervisor.
Summer Week 4: Students submit a detailed research proposal and application for ethical approval (including informed consent documentation).
Summer Week 6: Students receive decisions from the Ethics Committee.
Students meet with their dissertation supervisor to plan data collection and, if necessary, to make final changes to ethics documentation.
Summer Week 10: Students meet with their dissertation supervisor to discuss progress.
Summer Vacation: Students meet with their dissertation supervisor twice to discuss progress.
|Task||Length||% of module mark|
12000 word dissertation
Individual written feedback is returned to students in line with university policy. Please check the Guide to Assessment, Standards, Marking and Feedback for more information.
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