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Career Guidance and Development: CPD Course 1

CIAG Practitioner-Led Research 1 (Research in the Workplace: Research Proposal).


Do you want to be able to use your workplace as basis for research in the career development sector, but unsure of where to start?  Perhaps you have a specific client group whose needs you’d like to better understand, or a project to evaluate? This course is ideal for you if you are looking to take your first steps into research, support others to engage in research or to take on a smaller project before completing our top-up MSc dissertation module.  The follow-up course, CIAG Practitioner-Led Research 2 (Research Project) supports you to complete the data collection, write up and promotion of your research activity.


Audience: careers advisers; career counsellors; career coaches; career development professionals; career leaders; career managers.



This course is delivered entirely online.  This course will be facilitated by Dr Emma Bolger.

It is equivalent to 5 credits at SCQF Level 11.

There is approximately five hours of live content with the course tutor.  This is likely to take place on Zoom or Microsoft Teams.  More information will be given to delegates in advance of course commencement.  Participants are also required to take part in one 30 minute verbal discussion and allocate sufficient time to work through the online resources on our virtual learning environment.






 Session 1

Wednesday 6th November 12.30-14.00

 Finding and funding a project

 Session 2

Wednesday 13th November 12.30-14.00

 Justifying your idea

 Session 3

Wednesday 20th November 12.30-14.00

 Proposing your methods

 Session 4

Wednesday 27th November 1 x 30 minute 

 1-2-1 verbal feedback on research proposal

 Assessment by Wednesday 11th December 2024

 1,500 word written proposal


Delegates will receive feedback on the written assessments.


Delegate feedback

Feedback from previous delegates of this course:

“This course provided me with a gentle first step into understanding how to become an ethical researcher. The course helped me develop my understanding on how to carry out research effectively… it provides a strong foundation to progressing onto the master's programme. Sessions were delivered in 'bitesize' parts which were well structured and led me to feeling confident in preparing my research proposal. The course has been enjoyable and has had a positive and supportive environment. It has also provided us with the opportunity to discuss our ideas with other delegates participating on the course.” (Larry Hansen, undertook this course in 2022.)

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