TERTL590-20B (HAM)

Directed Study

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This 15-point elective paper enables you to design and carry out a directed study of a negotiated topic in tertiary teaching and learning, with the support of a faculty mentor from the Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning (CeTTL). You may use this paper to explore in greater detail a topic introduced in other papers in the Postgraduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching and Learning, or to explore a topic that is relevant to the programme learning outcomes, but not covered by any existing papers in the PGCert Tertiary Teaching & Learning. Within the broad parameters set out in the paper outline, you will negotiate learning outcomes, assessment and content in collaboration with your CeTTL mentor.

Note that, if you would like to design and carry out a more substantial research project as part of your PGCert Tertiary Teaching & Learning, you can combine this paper in consecutive terms with TERTL513: Researching Tertiary Learning & Teaching Practice.


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Paper Structure

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The paper requires 150 hours of study, mostly in the form of independent, self-directed study. You will work under the guidance of a mentor from the CeTTL staff. You must negotiate with your mentor to determine the exact schedule of any real-time meetings, which may take place face-to-face or online. You will also negotiate the details of your study plan with your mentor, including the exact timing of milestones and the outputs from assessments. The paper lecturer will have oversight over whether the study plan sufficiently addresses the programme learning outcomes.

A directed study project can take a variety of forms - for example, you might produce:

  • an annotated bibliography,
  • a literature review,
  • a research proposal,
  • an evidence-base for developing materials for use in the classroom,
  • an evaluation report,
  • a meta-analysis of the research literature relating to specific teaching strategies,
  • one or more videos that explore specific topics,
  • an online portfolio of resources for a specific topic,
  • a draft of a substantial conference presentation or journal article on a tertiary teaching and learning topic, or
  • any other output and format appropriate to your goals.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • plan and carry out a project of directed study in a negotiated area of tertiary teaching and learning practice;
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  • achieve the personal learning outcomes agreed between the student and the CeTTL mentor;
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  • critically evaluate how the directed study project meets the programme learning outcomes for the Postgraduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching and Learning.
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Planning discussion with Lecturer
24 Jul 2020
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Directed Study Plan
31 Jul 2020
11:30 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Directed Study Project
Sum of All
75
4. First Milestone
20 Aug 2020
11:30 PM
-
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Second Milestone
18 Sep 2020
11:30 PM
-
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Final Milestone
23 Oct 2020
11:30 PM
-
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Reflection on Programme Learning Outcomes
30 Oct 2020
11:30 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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You will negotiate readings with your CeTTL mentor.
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Recommended Readings

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Your CeTTL mentor may recommend readings, depending on the nature of your directed study.
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Online Support

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This paper is supported by a Moodle site to which you will upload assessments and receive feedback. Due to the individual nature of directed study projects, this paper will not require you to download readings or use the online environment to interact with other students. Your lecturer and CeTTL mentor can, however, be contacted via the Moodle site.
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Workload

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This is a 15-point paper, which equates to approximately 150 hours of study. You will negotiate with your CeTTL mentor to determine guidelines for how you should allocate your time for your directed study.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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The paper provides the opportunity for you to extend your learning from another paper to a deeper level, or examine a topic that is not covered by other papers in the PGCert Tertiary Teaching and Learning. In either case, your directed study must clearly address one or more programme learning outcomes for the PGCert TTL.
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