HEDN604-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Research in Tertiary Teaching and Learning

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


In this capstone course of the Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching we will study the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to set up, conduct, and report on (action) research into an aspect of teaching and learning in the tertiary context. You are encouraged to do a research project based on your own teaching practice, so you can use the results to inform further development of your teaching. The foci of the course are on formulating an educational research question, developing the study design and methodology, and human ethics considerations.

Overview and format
HEDN604 is the capstone course of the PGCert and aims to provide participants with the tools and experience to engage in, and report on, (action) research into an aspect of teaching and learning in the tertiary context (scholarship of tertiary teaching and learning). In the first half of the course we will collaboratively focus on formulating educational (action) research questions, research design, methodology, and ethical considerations. In the second half of the course you will work, individually or in teams, on your own research projects.

Learning Outcomes

Course outcomes
Participants will be able to;
1. Design and implement an (action) research project in tertiary education.
2. Evaluate the ethical implications of the research design and methodology, and apply principles of ethics to minimise impact on research participants, in particular issues around power differentials, coercion, informed consent, and data / participant confidentiality.
3. Use ethical ways to gather data and use appropriate methods to analyse the data.

Programme outcomes
Participants will be able to;
1. Critically reflect on and apply theory and practice in personal tertiary teaching practice.
2. Become part of a community of practice of tertiary teachers in which participants can discuss and provide / receive critical feedback on tertiary teaching and learning matters.


HEDN601 and HEDN602 and HEDN603; or
approval of the Programme Coordinator


HEDN501, HEDN502

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 16:00 Rehua 530 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Cheryl Brown


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Action Research Project 06 Nov 2020 100%

Note: Because of the limited time available in the semester and the requirement to obtain ethics approval before collecting data, there is NO expectation that you will produce a full research output at the peer-review level. If you are able to collect and analyse data, that is perfectly fine, but it is equally acceptable for your final output to be a detailed plan to set up, run, and analyse a project, and give some indication on how the results might be used to inform teaching and learning, for you, your department, etc. In the past, most participants have taken this latter route, and produced in essence a research project that could be picked up by an honours or master student.

Note: All assessments need to receive a passing grade in order to receive a pass for the course

Textbooks / Resources

Relevant literature will be provided on Learn


Enrolment is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator, Associate Professor Cheryl Brown. Please contact cheryl.brown@canterbury.ac.nz if you are interested in this course as UC staff may be eligible for Staff Tertiary Study Assistance and Lincoln and ARA staff may be eligible for a Canterbury Tertiary Alliance discount.

Academic Staff employed outside UC will need to make contact with their home University HR department to complete the required paperwork.

UC Staff need to progress through the following process:

• Apply through the Learning & Development, Staff Tertiary Study Assistance to undertake the study and to have the fees paid by UC. You can view the whole process for application at Staff Tertiary Study Assistance process or just link to the Application for Staff Tertiary Assistance Form.

• Please note, as part of this process you will need to provide evidence of your Qualification to HR.

• You may also wish to review the Request a Teaching Constraint for Timetabling process and discuss this with your Head to ensure you are available at the time the study is scheduled. If there are timetable issues please contact Associate Professor Cheryl Brown as flexibility may be available.

• Enrol as a student, you need to apply to enrol for your course(s), following the same process as all students.

• Go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/enrol and follow the steps.

• You will receive an enrolment offer (this offer will show the normal tuition fees).

• On the enrolment offer, under Other Payment Method you must type in “Staff Tertiary Study Assistance” in order for your funding to be applied and your enrolment completed.

• Accept the enrolment offer.

• As part of the enrolment process you will need to provide passports/visas and other academic documents as required.  These documents may have already been provided to HR as part of your employment process but need to be resubmitted to Admissions.

• The University will then pay the agreed amount for your course/s of study.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $942.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

All HEDN604 Occurrences

  • HEDN604-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020