Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester (extended) 2012 (Flexible)
Clayton Second semester (extended) 2012 (Flexible)
Sunway Second semester (extended) 2012 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Robert Nelson


The aim of this unit is to build research supervision capacity. The unit explores the spread of research graduate paradigms, including the spatial set up of candidates and their interaction with supervisors and access to resources. Students choose to study paradigms of greatest pertinence to their discipline; however, all enhance their awareness of practices across a breadth of disciplines. The unit investigates the theory of how research is supervised. Equipping students with a knowledge of methodologies, the unit prepares supervisors with the capacity to act and advise prudently toward the candidate's research potential and development among communities that support scholarship.


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

  1. explore the spread of research graduate paradigms, contemplating a variety of international HDR programs, their spatial conventions and how interaction with supervisors, community and resources may best be facilitated
  2. choose and refine the supervisory paradigm of greatest relevance to the culture of their discipline
  3. enhance their awareness of supervisory and research coursework and seminar arrangements across a breadth of disciplines
  4. investigate the theory of how research is supervised and what energises a research program as a whole and the individual candidate in particular
  5. act knowingly as a supervisor to obtain the best for each candidate's research potential and development.




1. Completion of MRGS supervisor accreditation (or equivalent): 0%
2. Completion of case-based Moodle lessons: 40%
3. An essay of 2000 words or development of new Moodle lesson: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Robert Nelson

Contact hours

Students are expected to undertake 120 hours per semester study. Students are expected to use their study time to attend on-campus lectures and workshops, undertake the unit tasks as set out in the Unit Guide, which include set readings; and to complete assessment tasks.


First degree or equivalent