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EDUC6282 Education Flex Assignment 2

Module Overview

This module is designed to continue developing students' Masters level research and writing. Its endpoint is an assignment with a maximum length of 8,000 words (or equivalent) on a topic of the student's choice, negotiated with the tutor, but thematically related to the topics of the other modules. Through it, students are expected to develop their understanding of their chosen area and research principles and methods.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Having successfully completed the module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: The central concepts of: educational values; ethics; theory; policy and practice, as they relate to your chosen topic.
  • Alternative perspectives on the purposes of education, training, teaching and current or emerging educational matters.
  • Educational research and the nature of research evidence, research ethics and its application.
  • The relationship between research, theory and practice in the development of a specific area of education.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to: Abstract the essential features of complex educational literature and research and develop a usable framework for its analysis.
  • Analyse educational topics both critically and logically.
  • Synthesise and utilise library and a range of other educational resources effectively.
  • Identify and contrast principal sources of educational information and data.
  • Suggest appropriate approaches to the evaluation of educational practice, as appropriate in relation to your chosen topic.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to: Demonstrate range of communication and presentational skills, including both verbal and written.
  • Use of a wide range of library and other electronic resources.
  • Employ different data skills typically: Collecting, recording, analysing, evaluating and dissemination.
  • Problem-solve including the evaluation of educational needs, planning, design and implementation of strategies to impact positively on learning.


Module content is negotiated between student and supervising tutor. There is therefore no set syllabus.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The programme is tailored to each individual student's needs but will usually involve meetings between the supervising tutor and the student, phone/Skype calls, feedback on written work via email and/or in person, recommended reading and, predominantly, self study. Students can access taught sessions and other resources from the other Masters and Doctoral Training provision in Southampton Education School and the full range of University support services. It is expected that students and their tutor will meet formally (either face to face or electronically) a minimum of four times during the module to specifically review progress. The aim of these meetings will be to set and review targets and timeline.

Independent Study400
Total study time400

Resources & Reading list

Wallace, M. & Wray, A (2016). Critical reading and writing for postgraduates.. 

Cotrell, S. (2005). Critical Thinking Skill: Developing effective analysis and argument.. 

McMillan, K. & Weyers, J. (2013). How to write for University: Academic writing for success.. 

Shank, G. Pringle, J. & Brown, L. (2015). Understanding education research: A guide to critical reading.. 

Cohen, L. Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2018). Research methods in education.. 


Assessment Strategy

The module is assessed through an assignment of up to 8000 words (maximum) or equivalent. It is possible, after agreement with your tutor, to explore other types of assessment such as curriculum materials, conferences presentations and electronic artefacts (websites or videos).


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (8000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Accommodation and Travel

Students are responsible for their own travel costs to and from the University or meetings elsewhere with their supervising tutor.

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Costs of attending a graduation ceremony (e.g. hiring a gown for graduation)

Students are responsible for meeting costs such as hiring a gown.

Equipment and Materials

Students are responsible for any costs related to ensuring they have appropriate equipment for their research and preparation of the assignment.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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