Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Paddy O'Toole (first semester); Associate Professor Jane Southcott (second semester)


Students design and execute an individual research project in an area broadly related to education with appropriate supervision. The project investigates an issue of significance and includes a critical review of relevant academic and research literature, an appropriate explication of a methodological position and/or analysis of empirical data.


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

  1. locate a research concern within a relevant body of academic scholarship,
  2. review a particular field and identify implications for research,
  3. focus a research project on selected research methodologies,
  4. use research processes with due regard to ethical procedures and academic conventions; and
  5. demonstrate a capacity to engage in reflective, critical discussion of the relevant research area.


Research report (12,000 words, 100%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:
(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:
Students will meet one-on-one with supervisors and attend group supervision sessions as required
(b.) Additional requirements (all students):
Independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester


EDF6009 Special topic in research