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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Education (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

  • MA Education
  • MA Education (Special Educational Needs and Disability and Inclusion)
  • MA Education (Leadership and Management)
  • MA Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education)
  • MA Education (Professional Practice and Pedagogy)

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course.

New students 

There is no change to the length of the course for students starting in September (full time, 12 months; part time, 24 months). 

Returning students 

There is no change to the length of the course for students starting in September (full time, 12 months; part time, 24 months).

There is no change to the length of course for students who had started in January 2021 (full time mode only), the course length will be approx. 15months

3. How your course will be delivered 


New students 

The MA Education course caters for practitioners and working professionals with flexibly delivered classes 5-8pm on one (part-time) or two (full time) evenings a week. This may increase to 1 more evening class a week when student commences their Dissertation Module.

Teaching/Delivery

The course will be delivered through blended learning comprising online delivery of lectures (mixture of live streamed and pre-recorded) and associated seminars where we will work with smaller groups to support student learning using online platforms and in-person on campus sessions. A full-time student can typically expect to attend 14-16 lectures online and 4-6 seminars in-person on campus per term (social distancing permitting). Part-time students will have 7-8 online lectures and 2-3 seminars.

The teaching hours and balance between lecture and seminar input will remain consistent with previous years. All study block and assessment block leaders will have weekly online and/or on-campus office hours for students to drop in, as required.

We will be drawing on the various features/functions and benefits offered by technology for our teaching, these, include live face to face online sessions/classes; Q&A/discussions online-live with teaching staff; combination of pre-recorded sessions/recorded live sessions; online quizzes; directed online tasks, activities for individual or in groups via online break out rooms. Overall, allowing students, irrespective location and time, to engage with our content.  

Support/resources

Support Group/Individual tutorials are scheduled within the taught Study Block contact time to help students engage with the content, provide support and address related queries.

Group/individual tutorials related to the Assessment Blocks across each Pathway are also offered to support students in starting and completing their assessment.

Personal tutors, as part of Tutoring@Brunel, assist students in their development as reflective practitioners, learners and support them through the period of their study. Guidance/support is also provided by the Programme Lead, through termly tutorials, communications, and support for the whole cohort. Furthermore, support/guidance is offered by colleagues from Academic Skills Services (ASK), and the Brunel Language Centre who work closely with the MA team in supporting students throughout the programme, and includes contribution on Study blocks, individual/group appointments/ additional writing workshops, practice sessions.

The ASK provision is embedded within the curriculum and the Academic English programme will support the programme in terms of 1-1 support, presentation feedback for the related assessment blocks, and question and answer sessions for dissertations.

We will continue to offer all the above support for group/individual students using the online platforms and various modes of remote/online tools available to us. This includes Zoom, Collaborate, etc. with workshops, breakout rooms, and still offer opportunity for I to I remote appointments- i.e. face to face online/phone.

Overall the balance between, lectures, seminars and self-learning/ support offered will not change and be consistent with previous years.

Teaching Hours No change.

Assessments:

Our assessments include: a range of 5000 word written assignments, an oral presentation with an accompanying portfolio and a dissertation. There are no changes to our assessments which remain consistent with previous years. However it may be noted that an assessment like an oral presentation will take place online if not possible in the physical space due to COVID 19 restrictions or challenges, but overall there is no change to the content/structure/aims of the assessment itself.

Returning students 

The MA Education course caters for practitioners and working professionals with flexibly delivered classes 5-8pm on one (part-time) or two (full time) evenings a week. This may increase to 1 more evening class a week when student commences their Dissertation Module.

Teaching/Delivery:

The course will be delivered through blended learning comprising online delivery of lectures (mixture of live streamed and pre-recorded) and associated seminars where we will work with smaller groups to support student learning using online platforms and in-person on campus sessions. A full-time student can typically expect to attend 14-16 lectures online and 4-6 seminars in-person on campus per term (social distancing permitting). Part-time students will have 7-8 online lectures and 2-3 seminars.

The teaching hours and balance between lecture and seminar input will remain consistent with previous years. All study block and assessment block leaders will have weekly online and/or on-campus office hours for students to drop in, as required.

We will be drawing on the various features/functions and benefits offered by technology for our teaching, these, include live face to face online sessions/classes; Q&A/discussions online-live with teaching staff; combination of pre-recorded sessions/recorded live sessions; online quizzes; directed online tasks, activities for individual or in groups via online break out rooms. Overall, allowing students, irrespective location and time, to engage with our content.

Support/resources:

Support Group/Individual tutorials are scheduled within the taught Study Block contact time to help students engage with the content, provide support and address related queries.

Group/individual tutorials related to the Assessment Blocks across each Pathway are also offered to support students in starting and completing their assessment.

Personal tutors, as part of Tutoring@Brunel, assist students in their development as reflective practitioners, learners and support them through the period of their study. Guidance/support is also provided by the Programme Lead, through termly tutorials, communications, and support for the whole cohort. Furthermore, support/guidance is offered by colleagues from Academic Skills Services (ASK), and the Brunel Language Centre who work closely with the MA team in supporting students throughout the programme, and includes contribution on Study blocks, individual/group appointments/ additional writing workshops, practice sessions.

The ASK provision is embedded within the curriculum and the Academic English programme will support the programme in terms of 1-1 support, presentation feedback for the related assessment blocks, and question and answer sessions for dissertations.

We will continue to offer all the above support for group/individual students using the online platforms and various modes of remote/online tools available to us. This includes Zoom, Collaborate, etc. with workshops, breakout rooms, and still offer opportunity for I to I remote appointments- i.e. face to face online/phone.

Overall the balance between, lectures, seminars and self-learning/ support offered will not change and be consistent with previous years.

Teaching Hours - No change.

Assessments:

Our assessments include: a range of 5000 word written assignments, an oral presentation with an accompanying portfolio and a dissertation. There are no changes to our assessments which remain consistent with previous years. However it may be noted that an assessment like an oral presentation will take place online if not possible in the physical space due to COVID 19 restrictions or challenges, but overall there is no change to the content/structure/aims of the assessment itself.

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.
If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no planned changes to the qualification that is being awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. You can find these hours on Blackboard Learn and in your module booklets.  

You can book your slot by emailing your lecturer. We will be holding these virtually until it is safe to hold these appointments on campus.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend our virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, including a newsletter once a term, so please keep an eye on your emails. 

We host department assemblies where you will receive department updates and get to hear from lecturers and your peers. These take place at least once a term and you’ll receive an email invitation. 

Our programmes feature a range of opportunities including trips and visits, once it is safe to do so we will resume these.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the University and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your student representatives or through your programme leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our student societies, we have one for each subject area including Politics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. You can join these societies through the Union of Brunel Students or contact your course rep to find out more. We have Facebook groups for these societies too.

Our department also has a Postgraduate Research society, if you would like to join this please contact your PGR Director.

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CBASS-TPO-GASK@brunel.ac.uk

 

Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21