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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM025: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover the following topics.

-       Randomised controlled trials and their application in education

-       Evaluation with observational data: matching and regression discontinuity designs

-       Meta-analysis

-       Formative and process evaluation

-       Practical examples of educational evaluation in the UK and internationally

-     Critical assessment of rankings of schools and universities

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activity2211 x 2 hour weekly teaching sessions, combining elements of lectures, seminars and computer lab sessions
Guided independent study20Evaluation proposal preparation: conducting research and writing the proposal
Guided Independent Study30Evaluation report preparation: conducting research, analysing data and writing the report
Guided independent study78Reading assignments

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

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