Module details for Enhancing Academic Practice


Negotiated project that enables participants to pursue individualised learning through action research or identification of a learning opportunity across the sector.


The overarching aim of the module is to encourage participants to manage their own professional development through action research / independent study to evaluate teaching and learning and enhance practice.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Identify a pedagogic issue for enhancement in personal professional practice

2.  Analyse the principal features of the given pedagogic issue, generate and evaluate data

3.  Present findings and think creatively about strategies for resolution of the pedagogic issue

Indicative Content

1 Taught sessions on the wider research context at Abertay

Taught sessions in conjunction with CAP504 on topics such as National Concordats, Policy and Codes of Practice. (ii) University Regulations, Codes of Practice and processes. In addition, all CAP504 sessions will be open to students on CAP503 to take flexibly as appropriate to their career stage and aspirations.

2 Taught sessions on pedagogic research

These will include topics such as pedagogic research design, underpinning theoretical frameworks, ethics and evaluating practice.

3 Negotiation of topic

Initial individual scoping following sessions on CAP501 on how to identify issue for investigation and how to undertake pedagogic research.

4 Project Proposal

Project Proposal must be submitted for prior approval.

5 Identification of project supervisor/mentor

Supervisor will be identified within the School, across the university, or AbLE with appropriate experience of pedagogic research (e.g. ATLEF projects). Discussion of ethics specific to this project.

6 First supervisory meeting

Discussion of project plan/timetable.

7 Project review

5 minute presentation with peer/tutor feedback iat mid point.

8 Final supervisory meeting

Final discussion ahead of report preparation and presentation of results.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 16
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 60
Independent 124
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.