Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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
OfferedNot offered in 2015


This unit develops students' capacities to convince others of their academic ideas. Its focus is on building an academic argument. Students are introduced to some key principles and approaches through which academic arguments are built by reviewing them in a range of sustainability-related texts. Students apply these features, present their academic argument and give and receive constructive feedback, thereby gaining skills to strengthen their arguments.


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

  1. identify the features that support a solid academic argument
  2. evaluate the academic arguments presented in a selection of education and sustainability-related literature
  3. develop a convincing argument based on a selection of literature of choice
  4. give and receive constructive feedback on academic arguments
  5. demonstrate familiarity with academic practices and conventions that support academic engagement in the field of education.


Oral presentation (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Oral response to feedback (1000 words equivalent, 25%)
Written response(s) to peers' oral presentations (1000 words equivalent, 25%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week for six weeks (144 hours total per term) comprising:

(a.) Study schedule for online students:

  • 4 hours of directed online activities per week

(d.) Additional requirements:

  • 20 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information