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HEDU510 Special Topic

Educational research of a topic that is situated within the context of teaching and learning in higher education. All students are required to have access to the Internet.

HEDU 510 is a paper for diploma students. In this paper a student undertakes a research project that culminates in a substantial piece of scholarly writing that demonstrates the student's understanding of an area of interest. Students undertake HEDU 510 after successful completion of HEDU 503.

Paper title Special Topic
Paper code HEDU510
Subject Higher Education
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points 30 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,047.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,991.50

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HEDU 503 or HEDX 503
HEDX 510
Limited to
Students may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department of the Higher Education Development Centre.
Suitable for graduates who are currently teaching tertiary students in universities and polytechnics.
Teaching staff

Lecturer: Professor Tony Harland

Paper Structure
HEDU 503 and HEDU 510 are linked papers that focus on research into higher education. In HEDU 510 a small research project is completed.
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, seminars and interactive discussions
The reading list will be provided at the beginning of the semester.
Course outline
Available on request from HEDC
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Identify elements of a research plan
  • Perform a literature review in a chosen area of inquiry
  • Develop a full research proposal

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system