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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module EDUC59215: Experiments in Education

Department: Education

EDUC59215: Experiments in Education

Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap None.


  • None


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.



  • The case for and against experimenting in education
  • The concept of an experiment: types of experimental designs
  • Design issues: threats to validity of inferences
  • Design issues: precautions, ethical issues
  • Analysis of experimental data: effect size
  • Cumulation of knowledge: systematic review and meta-analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students will:
  • appreciate and contribute to the debate about the role of experimentation in educational research;
  • recognise and make choices from a range of experimental designs;
  • identify threats to the validity of experimental inferences;
  • understand strategies for minimising threats to the validity of experimental inferences;
  • analyse, synthesise and interpret data from experimental research.
Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • Students will take part in a range of learning aciivities, including reading, discussion, listening to presentations, conducting presentations, criticising existing research, analysing and interpreting data, designing experiments, searching literature and synthesising the results of multiple studies.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Tutorials 3 As required 1 hour 3
      Practicals 6 fortnightly 2 12
      Preparation and Reading 135
      Total 150

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Assignment 3,000 words 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University