EDPROF 704 : Advanced Study of Education Practice

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester Two (1235) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Students will undertake an advanced study of contemporary issues, innovations, or curriculum and pedagogical advancement relating to educational practice. This will involve independent work demonstrating application of highly specialised knowledge that is at the forefront of contemporary education practice.

Course Overview

This course is a compulsory Level 9 course in the MEdPrac and an optional course in the MEdLeadership, which requires students to work independently on an individual area of interest. In doing so students will be expected to search the literature in order to identify the nature and scope of an educational problem/concern that is of particular interest to their professional practice, and to then determine how the problem/concern may be addressed. There is the expectation that students will make close connections between the knowledge gained from this exercise to their personal professional practice. In the past students have undertaken investigations in the areas of diversity, language learning, curriculum integration, blended learning, digital technologies, priority learners and mentoring to name a few. 

This course is an online course delivered remotely via Zoom. 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 60 points from the Master of Education Practice Schedule with a GPA of 5.0 or higher

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply an inquiry stance in order to undertake an independent study pertaining to personal, professional practice; (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 3.1 and 5.2)
  2. Analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate seminal and contemporary literature to identify the nature and scope of a problem/concern and how these may be addressed; (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2 and 3.3)
  3. Critically evaluate the findings from the study in order to identify the implications for and make recommendations related to future personal, professional practice. (Capability 3.2, 5.3, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Individual investigation 100% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Individual investigation
Students must complete an individual investigation and achieve at least 50% to pass the course 

Workload Expectations

This course is a 30 point course. On average, students are expected to spend 20 hours per week in each 30 point course that they are enrolled in.

Given the independent nature of this course students are expected to attend, via zoom, 4x 3 hour sessions spread across the semester. In the remaining weekly sessions students are expected to work on their investigations independently.  Individual appointments to discuss work in progress will be available in the weeks where there are no whole class sessions. 

You can also reasonably expect to commit approximately 240-260 hours to independent learning. This may include reading (and more reading), note-taking, face-to-face and/or online discussion, writing, engaging in collaborative group work, problem solving, undertaking practical tasks, reflecting on learning, accessing learning and study resources, and assignment completion.

Delivery Mode


Attendance is required at scheduled  online class sessions and is highly recommended in regard to the individual appointments 
The course will include live online lectures and workshops. Lectures will be recorded via zoom 
Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course
This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Given the individual nature of the investigation students are expected to locate their own credible sources of information by utilising existing library databases. The 704 CANVAS site has a comprehensive section of how to best utilise the library and its various sources of information  

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Assignment has been modified based on student feedback

Other Information

Office hours will be made available to students in order for them to book individual appointments with their lecturers if required. These appointments with be held online. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.