Faculty of Education

Monash University

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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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Phillip Payne


In this unit 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, synthesise 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 analyse research
  4. clarify researchable problems or issues
  5. demonstrate the ability to critically synthesise 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.


Research problem and proposal statement (1000 words, 25%)
Critical review of literature (3000 words, 75%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 24 contact hours per semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours per semester

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


EDF2606 or EDF2620
EDF3605 or EDF2612