Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Dawn Penney


In this unit students 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 propose a topic and complete a systematic search and critical review of the literature. The literature review clarifies the purposes and rationale of a potential research project or thesis, synthesises existing scholarship and offers 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. 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%)

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


EDF2606 or EDF2620
EDF3605 or EDF2612