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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 cross-sectional) developed during the program.
The outcome will be a piece of individual and original work (25 pages or 12,500 words maximum) 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.
The project may be recommended for publication in the university's repository (the O2):
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.
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.
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.
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.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
The main competencies this course will contribute to develop are the following:
These competencies are linked to learning outcomes that students will achieve through a series of assessed tasks.
This course is structured around five challenges or activities that will guide the student through the different stages of the project:
Topic and rationale
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.
The assessment process is based on students' own work and the assumption that this work is original and has been carried out by them.
In assessment activities, the following irregular behaviours, among others, may have serious academic and disciplinary consequences: someone else being involved in carrying out the student's assessment test or activity, or the work being not entirely original; copying another's work or committing plagiarism; attempting to cheat to obtain better academic results; collaborating in, covering up or encouraging copying; or using unauthorized material, software or devices during assessment.
If students are caught engaging in any of these irregular behaviours, they may receive a fail mark (D/0) for the assessable activities set out in the course plan (including the final tests) or in the final mark for the course. This could be because they have used unauthorized materials, software or devices (e.g. social networking sites or internet search engines) during the tests, because they have copied text fragments from an external source (internet, notes, books, articles, other student's projects or activities, etc.) without correctly citing the source, or because they have engaged in any other irregular conduct.
In accordance with the UOC's academic regulations , irregular conduct during assessment, besides leading to a failing mark for the course, may be grounds for disciplinary proceedings and, where appropriate, the corresponding punishment, as established in the UOC's coexistence regulations.
In its assessment process, the UOC reserves the right to: