Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)


This unit is a research study, focusing on a particular theory or issue in the field of education, undertaken with guidance and support from the supervisor. Students will be expected to demonstrate initiative and independence during their research study. All honours students are required to present their research proposal at a research seminar. The honours thesis is designed for students who are intending to undertake further higher degree studies. Graduates who have successfully completed the Honours thesis (both part 1 and part 2) will be able to use this 16,000 word study as evidence of independent research experience in an application for entry into the doctorate programs.


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

  1. devise a research topic to investigate that is feasible within the two-unit time frame
  2. identify key research questions that are not too general and ambitious
  3. select and review relevant theory and literature
  4. design a study and choose appropriate methods to investigate research questions
  5. select appropriate modes of analysis
  6. consider ethical issues involved in research
  7. implement, critically appraise or apply research in a particular field
  8. prepare a comprehensive written report that is professionally presented and contains all the required components including a bibliography at the end.


A 16,000 word dissertation and is the formal assessment task for this unit (together with EDF5151 and EDF5152).

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload comprises:
(a.) Overall requirements:
+ 24 hours per week


Enrolment in EDF5153 will usually occur when, due to extenuating circumstances, students require more time to complete their theses. A case needs to be made, and with the support of their supervisors, students may enrol in EDF5153.