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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Adam Bertram (Gippsland)


An independent investigation, related to previous studies into a topic in education of interest to the student. The student will work independently under the guidance of a mentor/supervisor of their own choice. The student investigations will be conducted in a variety of ways and may include such interest areas as a literature review, preparation of specific teaching materials, curriculum development and analyses, in-depth reviews of computer software /digital teaching and learning technologies, preparation of instructional handbooks, the development of assessment guidelines and or assessment instruments. Other areas of interest can be negotiated with the mentor/ supervisor by the student.


Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and negotiate a pathway of personal learning under the guidance of a mentor/ supervisor
  • demonstrate the ability to identify an educational issue and initiate an investigation
  • write an initial proposal and consult mentor / supervisor
  • plan with the mentor / supervisor the full investigation into the chosen area and take full responsibility for the development into the area of investigation
  • collect data, source material and or develop materials as appropriate
  • write a report (which may also include the development of materials) related to the focus of the area chosen.


Proposal (compulsory requirement, 500 words, ungraded)
Written report (3500 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Adam Bertram (Gippsland)

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning.