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Supervising Undergraduate Dissertations & Projects

Module Code: TBA

ECTS: 5

When: Tuesdays 26th February, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March 2019

To Apply:  You must complete the online application form at least 10 working days prior to module commencement: Online CPD Application Form

Fees and Fee Waiver Information: DIT Staff Fee Waiver: If you are a current DIT staff member i.e. with current staff number, you may be eligible for a DIT Staff Fee Waiver. Please read the DIT Fee Waiver Policy and complete the associated Fee Waiver Application Form‌ if applicable. This form must be completed before or at the time of applying.

Aim: The aim of this module is to:

  • Examine the nature, dimensions and key issues of research supervision with a focus on learning, research and communication processes through a literature review and case studies;
  • Construct an innovative and working model of research supervision; and
  • Develop a practical supervision plan on the basis of the model with an intent to improve quality, effectiveness and productivity of undergraduate research supervision.

Are you keen to either develop or refine your skills in undergraduate supervision? Undoubtedly, the quality of supervision is the most important element of the undergraduate dissertation process, so we all want to support our students as effectively as possible. Therefore, this module will include strategies for supervisor development at all levels of experience and aims to deepen and extend the study and exploration of good supervisory practices at undergraduate level. All classes are research-enlightened, and will use new ideas, discussion, and interactive activities, as well as sharing peers’ experience-informed good practice in effective undergraduate supervision across the disciplines.

What will I learn?

Upon successful completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Have greater self-awareness of own conceptions of undergraduate research and supervisory practice, contextualised by critical engagement with salient and emergent issues in own field of research
  • Understand what constitutes a productive undergraduate research learning environment
  • Appreciate a range of good practice approaches to undergraduate supervision
  • Extend their own repertoire of undergraduate supervisory strategies and procedures for supervisors and research students, including ethics requirements
  • Know institutional requirements and procedures for undergraduate supervisors and research students
  • Practice evaluating their efficacy and competency in undergraduate research supervision
  • Enhance their competency in interactional and communication skills e.g. negotiation, giving feedback which is supportive and challenging
  • Enhance their understanding and leadership skills for the facilitation of learning in one-to-one and group settings
  • Experience and become familiarity with, the range of IT mediated communication strategies for supervision on/off campus e.g. chatrooms, discussion groups, email
  • Critically review the literature on the scholarship of undergraduate supervision pedagogy and of relevant policy issues in undergraduate research supervision
  • Have up-to-date knowledge of expectations of stakeholder groups and strategies for maintaining dialogue in undergraduate research supervision

How will I learn?
A variety of activities will be used for exploration of key supervisory issues. Role plays will capture the immediacy of experiential learning, surfacing not only implicit thinking and assumptions about supervision but also hidden feelings and emotions. Small group work will allow supervisors to reflect on their own practice, share their thoughts within a smaller group of colleagues and then consolidate these ideas and strategies with the whole group. The use of rounds also will allow every participant’s perspective to be aired and validated. Case studies and videos will serve to raise particular supervision issues and provoke lively discussion. Brief interactive exercises will be used to create a friendly atmosphere that is conducive to sharing perspectives. The online component of this blended delivery module, offered through Webcourses, will be available anywhere, anytime. Guest tutors from within DIT and other HEIs will be invited to join both the face-to-face and online discussions in the module to provide wider perspectives to undergraduate supervision.

How will I be assessed?

The module will be assessed by the design and development of a multimedia resource to support the participant’s own supervisory practice – this will be negotiated with the module tutors.  To accompany this, each participant will be required to write a short reflection. Further details will be provided in the module handbook and Webcourses site.

Are there any pre-requisites? No specific pre-requisites but an interest in the undergraduate research supervision process is assumed.