Final Master Project Code:  M4.972    :  6
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The Final Master's Thesis is a compulsory 6-credit course. The student will write their Final Thesis under the supervision of a tutor and will defend their work virtually, synchronously and publicly in front of a committee. The objective of this Final Master's Thesis is that the student puts into practice and combines all the theoretical and practical knowledge gained during the master's degree and applies that knowledge to a professional environment in the field of language teaching and learning. This Master's Thesis has, therefore, a practical orientation. The course has been conceived as an opportunity for the student to show and strengthen the different types of competencies (basic, specific and transversal) developed during the program.

The outcome will be a piece of individual and original work that asks relevant questions, analyzes a teaching/learning context in a reflexive and critical manner, and focuses on a pedagogical proposal motivated by a well-justified problem or real need. It is the thesis of a professionally-oriented master's program and, therefore, it should involve the design and development of a pedagogical application, either a product (e.g., task, activity, etc.) or pedagogical intervention. In either case, the application will have to be technology-mediated or incorporate the use of technology and it should be justified by a theoretical framework that demonstrates the student's ability to do research and delve into a particular topic.

The final outcome will be a report that describes the project, including the theoretical foundation and evidence of the product or pedagogical intervention developed and a series of recommendations for its practical implementation in the real context chosen by the student.

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This is a compulsory course in the Master's program in Technology-Mediated Language Teaching and Learning. It represents the completion of the learning process in the Master's program.

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This is a course designed for professionals in the field of technology-mediated language teaching and learning in face-to-face contexts, online, or hybrid environments. This also includes editors, materials writers, and consultants for online language learning platforms.

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It is highly recommended that the student registers for this course at the time when they are ready to finish the program. Ideally, the Final Master's Thesis should be the last course taken by the student, once the other courses (or most of them) have been completed. At least, the student should have completed a minimum 30 ECTS in order to be able to register for this course.

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Students need to have a level of English (language of instruction and use in the classroom) equal to B2, or higher, according to the Common European Frame of Reference in order to ensure that students have the necessary fluency to communicate and to understand the contents of the course without problems.


A minimum of 30 ECTS should have been completed in order to be able to register for this course.

 
Information and communication technology (ICT) skills at user level are also recommended.

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By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze, interpret and communicate results and implications of a research project.

  • Apply theoretical and methodological principles to solve a problem in a particular learning context. 

  • Search, obtain, process and convey information.

The main competencies this course will contribute to develop are the following:

Basic competencies

  • Having and understanding the knowledge and skills that provide a basis or that give an opportunity to be original in the development and/or application of ideas, often in the context of research.
  • Being able to apply the acquired knowledge and skills and the capacity to solve problems in new environments that belong to a broader or multidisciplinary context, related to the area of study.
  • Being able to convey one's conclusions, as well as the knowledge and rationale behind to expert and non-expert types of audiences in a clear and unambiguous way.

General competencies

  • Handling, comparing, and connecting the various models and theoretical principles in second language teaching and learning.
  • Searching for, obtaining, processing, and communicating information (oral, written, audio-visual, digital or multimedia) in order to transform it into knowledge through analysis and synthesis.
  • Handling the necessary methodological knowledge and skills to face professional or research challenges rigorously.

Transversal competencies

  • Writing adequately and conveying knowledge and ideas from complex texts fluently and rigorously. 

Specific competencies

  • Identifying the learning needs of students, bearing in mind the diversity of technological profiles and the learning context, and adapting the use of educational technology to these factors.
  • Analyzing and assessing critically the potential of current technologies and resources and being able to justify their use to learn a second language in hybrid or online contexts.
  • Mastering the theoretical principles in technology-mediated second language teaching and learning and applying them to make decisions about authentic pedagogical interventions in online or hybrid contexts.
  • Analyzing, interpreting, and conveying the results and implications of the pedagogical actions or research projects carried out. These competencies are linked to learning outcomes that students will achieve through a series of tasks and for which they will be assessed.  

These competencies are linked to learning outcomes that students will achieve through a series of assessed tasks.

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This course is structured around five challenges or activities that will guide the student through the different stages of the project:

  1. Rationale and framework
  2. Design and development (methodology)
  3. Implementation and evaluation (results)
  4. Final report
  5. Oral presentation


Each phase will be assessed by means of continuous evaluation tasks.

Rationale and framework
Students will lay out a proposal that includes the topic selected, the objectives, an explanation of the problem, challenge or research question, previous research on the topic selected, and a provisional title.
Design and development
Students will outline the methodology the project will follow, propose a design of either a product or a pedagogical intervention, based on a real teaching/learning context and a ne
eds analysis. This phase will also include the development of the application proposed.
Implementation and evaluation
Students will make an implementation proposal in the learning context selected. This will include a description of how they would assess the competencies or learning outcomes  resulting from their application. Students will also have to pretest their application.
Final report
Students will write the Final Master's Thesis.
Oral presentation
Students will video record a presentation of their project that will be published and assessed by a committee of three experts. The presentation will simulate a presentation at a scientific conference. Students will also schedule a synchronous meeting with the committee to answer questions and make final remarks.

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El tema i la pregunta de recerca. Recursos i qüestions metodològiques de la recerca PDF
L'edició del TFM. L'estructura del treball de recerca i l'estil d'escriptura científica PDF

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The student will be provided with different learning resources for each of the stages in the Final Master's Thesis. Learning resources will be available in the classroom.

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The assessment process is based on the student's personal work and presupposes authenticity of authorship and originality of the exercises completed.

Lack of authenticity of authorship or originality of assessment tests, copying or plagiarism, the fraudulent attempt to obtain a better academic result, collusion to copy or concealing or abetting copying, use of unauthorized material or devices during assessment, inter alia, are offences that may lead to serious academic or other sanctions.

Firstly, you will fail the course (D/0) if you commit any of these offences when completing activities defined as assessable in the course plan, including the final tests. Offences considered to be misconduct include, among others, the use of unauthorized material or devices during the tests, such as social media or internet search engines, or the copying of text from external sources (internet, class notes, books, articles, other students' essays or tests, etc.) without including the corresponding reference.

And secondly, the UOC's academic regulations state that any misconduct during assessment, in addition to leading to the student failing the course, may also lead to disciplinary procedures and sanctions.

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This subject can only be passed through a continuous assessment. The final mark on the continuous assessment will be the final mark for the subject.The subject's accreditation formula is as follows: CA

 

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