Course Outline

EDN704 Communicating Education Research Outcomes

Course Coordinator:Rachael Dwyer (rdwyer@usc.edu.au) School:School of Education and Tertiary Access

2022Semester 2

USC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Online

Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

This course requires you to continue to work on independently conducting a research project in an educational context. You will reflect on your project findings to date and develop a dissemination plan. You will deeply analyse your data and articulate detailed and substantiated research findings addressing your identified research question. Finally, you will generate discussion, implications and conclusions that contribute knowledge to the research community and the profession.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Learning materials are delivered asynchronously, through Canvas modules, course readings and required texts. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Workshops will be delivered on campus. Attendance and participation at the scheduled time is a critical component of the course. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Independent Study/Research – In addition to the lecture hours and completion of assessment tasks, you are required to engage in self-directed learning using the course materials, engage with current research/readings via USC library databases, required/recommended textbooks and resources. 4hrs Week 1 13 times
Online
Learning materials – Learning materials are delivered asynchronously, through Canvas modules, course readings and required texts. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Workshops will be delivered via Zoom. Attendance and participation at the scheduled time is a critical component of the course. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Independent Study/Research – In addition to the lecture hours and completion of assessment tasks, you are required to engage in self-directed learning using the course materials, engage with current research/readings via USC library databases, required/recommended textbooks and resources. 4hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Academic writing

Establishing conclusions and recommendations from research

Communicating and disseminating research findings

Engaging with different education stakeholders and audiences

Persuasive oral, written and visual communication

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

24 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Generate conclusions from research findings. Creative and critical thinker
2 Analyse implemented research design decisions and explore implications for education research. Empowered
3 Communicate education research to a specific audience. Engaged
4 Uses technology skills to create communication products that disseminate research findings with stakeholders Creative and critical thinker
5 Demonstrates understanding of dissemination strategies Knowledgeable
6 Demonstrate how the research project contributes to sustainable and socially just education research practice. Ethical
Sustainability-focussed

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

EDN703 and enrolled in Program ED705

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Students will be provided with feedback through peer review of their work during class in week 3.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Oral Individual 10%
3 minutes
Week 4 In Class
All 2 Report Individual 30%
3,500 words
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Plan Individual 20%
1,500 words
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 4 Portfolio Individual 40%
4,500 words equivalent
Week 13 Online ePortfolio Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Oral presentation of research findings
Goal:
The goal of this task is for you to effectively explain your research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience
Product: Oral
Format:
You will present a succinct 3 minute summary of your research to date that demonstrates how your research will impact the field of education. You may use one static slide (no animations or transitions).
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Identifies appropriate theories to discuss the impact of their research
1
2
Analyses and reflects on potential impact of the research on education stakeholders
2
3
Use of oral and visual communication for non-specialist audience
3
All - Assessment Task 2:Research report discussion, implications and conclusions
Goal:
The goal of this task is for you to generate the discussion and articulate the implications and conclusions of your research project.
Product: Report
Format:
You will write a report that articulates the discussion, implications and conclusions of your research. Guidelines for the development of the report are provided on the course Canvas site.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Applies theoretical knowledge of contemporary education issues to discuss research findings
2
2
Generates conclusions based on research results/discussion
1
3
Articulates implications of education research for a range of stakeholders
2
4
Application of academic literacies
3
All - Assessment Task 3:Plan
Goal:
The goal of this task is to prepare a dissemination plan that communicates your project or research outcomes.
Product: Plan
Format:
Write a dissemination plan that communicates the project outcomes to relevant audiences. Articulate how your research project contributes to sustained and socially just education practice. Details of the dissemination plan format are provided on the course Canvas site.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Application of advanced knowledge of strategies to disseminate research for specific audiences
3
2
Justifies choices of content and argument for specific audiences
6
3
Application of academic literacies
3
All - Assessment Task 4:Portfolio
Goal:
The goal of this task is to develop a suite of dissemination products that communicate the outcomes of your research to education audiences.
Product: Portfolio
Format:
You will develop a suitable set of audio-visual and text-based dissemination products that

share the outcomes of your research project with appropriate audiences. The portfolio should draw upon your plans as articulated in Task 3. Guidelines for the development of the portfolio are provided on the course Canvas site.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Communicates research findings through appropriate products suitable for specific audiences
4
2
Justifies choices of content, argument and dissemination strategy for specific audiences
5
3
Use of oral, visual and written communication skills appropriate to the audience
3

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

Schedule

Period and Topic Activities
n/a
n/a

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Zina O'Leary 0 The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project n/a n/a

Specific requirements

It is expected that you will require Internet access and a personal computer. Recommendations from information and technology services are available at askUSC.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.

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