Faculty of Education

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester (extended) 2013 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Angela Carbone


The Higher Education Innovations unit will allow participants to design a project which aims to improve or innovate in an area of higher education. Participants can investigate any area of teaching and learning in higher education. This unit will introduce the essential elements required to undertake a higher education project. Participants will consider: ways of expressing their project effectively using variety of formats; the need and value of their project; exploring the literature and building on past higher education projects and programs; the research approach; dissemination plans; timeline and budget so that the deliverables and outcomes of the project can be achieved within the timeframe.
This unit will be offered in blended mode as part of the first wave of migrations to the Monash Virtual Learning Environment. Core components of the program have been developed for online delivery, thus maximizing the efficacy of face to face sessions as opportunities for discussion, interaction and group work.


At the end of this unit, participants will be able to:

  1. Communicate their proposal effectively using different formats, to participants , staff and industry
  2. Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise a variety of materials in order to articulate the need for their project
  3. Identify local and global networks that support and enhance their project outcomes
  4. Outline ethical issues involved in undertaking a higher education project
  5. Articulate and apply research approaches to undertake and evaluate their project.




This unit will be assessed using:
1. A verbal presentation and short written expression of the project proposal (Objective 1) (500 words, 20%).
2. A written submission outlining project outcomes and rational, discussing the value and need for the project (Objective 2) (2000-3000 words, 40%).
3. A written submission describing the approach, dissemination strategy and budget justification. (Objectives 3, 4 and 5) (2000-3000 words, 40%).

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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


HED5031, HED5032