Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Specialisation Programme 1

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research

DESCRIPTION Students are expected to organise an Individual Study Plan (ISP) in relation to their dissertation topic. Typically, the ISP includes self-directed study activities under the supervision of the course coordinator and thesis supervisor, and includes a range of activities such as critical book reviews, reporting outcomes of conferences or seminars related to the thesis, reflective journals on study visits abroad, attendance at post-graduate study units at the University of Malta or internationally. Various seminars will be organised both to guide students to prepare their work, as well as providing students the opportunity to present their work-in-progess.

Study-unit Aims:

1. Help students focus on their thesis topic and commence exploratory work on it;
2. Provide a series of guided, self-study opportunities for students to engage with different aspects of their research project;
3. Organise seminars where students can discuss their work in progress, benefiting from feedback from senior researcheres and from peers.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Plan and implement a set of activities that are related to the research topic of the thesis, and build up to it;
- Scan the environment for opportunities to deepen one's understanding of the research topic;
- Organise knowledge gained from different sources in ways that facilitate critical reflection;
- Plan a sequence of steps in organising a research project;
- Draw on a range of theoretical frameworks discussed throughout the course in order to make critical reflections in a learning portfolio.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Draw up a meaningful Individual Study Plan;
- Organise a learning pathway that is conducive to deeper understanding of a research area;
- Make critical entries in a learning reflective portfolio;
- Make presentations about research outcomes to senior researchers and peers and to defend methodological and conceptual positions adopted.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

All references are available at the UoM and/or Emcer library.

J. Zubizarretta & B.J. Mills (2009) The Learning Portfolio. Jossey-Bass. Supplementary (a selection): References will be provided to students depending on the Individual Study Plan submitted.
Guidelines for the preparation of an ISP are provided in the CEMES Student Guidebook.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (30 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 20%
Portfolio SEM3 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Ronald Sultana

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.