Surrey University Stag


Module code: GCA3008

Module Overview

This module consists of a series of sessions in which participants will develop an understanding of the processes and structures of developing research within higher education. Participants will have an opportunity to put forward ideas for examination within their own discipline as well as those which are broader if they wish and consider which methods may be the most appropriate to help them develop greater understanding of learning within their area of teaching.

Module provider

Surrey Institute of Education

Module Leader

LYGO-BAKER Simon (Sy Inst Educ)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: X342

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Theory and Practice of Teaching Understanding the Curriculum

Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Fundamental principles of education research

  • Structure, process and protocols in education research

  • Ethics

  • Education research methods i.e. action research


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework RESEARCH PROPOSAL 2500 - 3000 WORDS 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


A research proposal.


Formative assessment and feedback


Feedback will be given after the initial session on ideas that are being developed. The second session will ask individuals to complex a pro forma of a research outline and this will be the basis for formative feedback. This will be further developed on an individual basis through the module.

Module aims

  • Develop an understanding of the fundamental aspects of educational research in order to examine learning and teaching in the disciplines

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Construct a proposal to research an identified area of practi KC
002 Appreciate, explain and understand the ethical aspects of educational research KC
003 Understand the implications of different research methods and evaluate their appropriateness for enquiry into practice C
004 Take responsibility for personal and professional development PT
005 Work effectively independently PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide the most effective learning environment that enables the experience of the participants to be the main focus for the programme.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Initially aspects of education research will be outlined to examine where there are similarities and differences within the disciplines. This will be undertaken in a large group setting. This will lead to a series of smaller group discussions in following sessions where participants will have the opportunity to discuss their approaches further. A series of sessions will then be offered that consider different methods that can be used to develop areas of research and then one to one sessions to help people develop areas of research.


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.