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EDF5154 - Honours thesis extension 2

12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr A Berry


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)


The Honours thesis 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.


Specifically, they 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


The Honours thesis is a 16,000 word dissertation and is the formal assessment task for this unit (together with EDF5151, EDF5152 and EDF5153).

Contact hours

24 hrs per week workload


Enrolment in the Honours thesis extension 2 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 EDF5154