Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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 (Off-campus block of classes)
Clayton Term 1 2014 (Flexible)
Clayton Term 3 2014 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Scott Bulfin (Semester 1 Honours); Associate Professor Jane Southcott (Term 1); Professor Neil Selwyn (Term 3)


This is an intensive unit that introduces students to research in education. Students learn the language of research, understand the ethical implications of research decisions and learn how the elements of research design work together for robust outcomes. This unit is the prerequisite for EDF5614 Research project in education, and students undergo a scaffolded transition into their own research project.


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

  1. locate their research interest within broader research perspectives and methodologies in the field of education and social sciences
  2. formulate research questions that are congruent with a chosen research approach
  3. design ways to generate and analyse qualitative and quantitative data that are congruent with specific research questions
  4. use research processes with due regard to ethical procedures
  5. justify proposed research through scholarly and critical discussion.


Research plan (2000 words, 25%)
Research proposal (6000 words, 75%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers students intensive blocks of teaching to supplement self-directed learning activities and assessment in a supported way.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for flexible students:

  • 36 hours equivalent of learning activities over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester