Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - 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
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc. Prof. Phillip Payne (Peninsula)


Students will independently select a topic related to previous studies and/or professional aspirations in the study of sport, outdoor recreation, experiential education and social ecology. Through lectures, workshops and guidance from various staff members, students will propose a topic and complete a systematic search and critical review of the literature. The literature review will clarify the purposes and rationale of a potential research project or thesis, synthesize existing scholarship and offer an appropriate conclusion.


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

  1. conduct research planning skills in searching the literature;
  2. systematically analyse, assess and annotate scholarly work differentiating between evidence and speculation;
  3. critically analyze research;
  4. clarify researchable problems or issues;
  5. demonstrate the ability to critically synthesize a wide array of information into a scholarly review of the literature;
  6. Demonstrate expert knowledge of a select topic relevant to their professional aspirations.


Assessment 1 (1000 words): 25%
Assessment 2 (3000 words): 75%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Phillip Payne

Contact hours

3 hours per week


EDF2606 or EDF2620 (plus EDF3605 or EDF2612)