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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Summer semester A 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Graham Parr


The professional learning project is designed to enhance professional learning to strengthen students' capacity to contribute to the core work of improving teaching and learning within an educational setting. The professional learning project allows participants to undertake and demonstrate professional learning in relation to a specific theme, issue or within a particular context. The project involves the design of a self-directed project focusing on an issue or theme which becomes the basis of a small-scale inquiry. Students learn how to set out the key features of a professional learning project, and how to select appropriate criteria for evaluating the quality of their design. The project articulates an inquiry question that responds to the theme or issue identified. Students gather and evaluate existing research data; the project describes and assesses the data and extrapolates meaning from the data to identify a set of findings in relation to the theme. The project identifies implications for professional learning and action.


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

  1. identify a professional learning project
  2. articulate the design aspects of a project in order to secure appropriate evidence on which to extend learning
  3. access literature that is relevant to the project
  4. gather two kinds of existing research data to address the challenge
  5. describe the data and their different forms
  6. analyse the data and determine the relevance of the findings to the theme identified
  7. articulate the implications and actions that arise
  8. communicate findings of the project to a professional and/or academic audience.


Professional learning project design (1200 words, 15%)
Professional learning project report (6800 words, 85%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • equivalent to 36 hours engagement in online, face-to-face or blended platforms

(b.) Contact hours for off-campus students:

  • equivalent to 36 hours engagement in online or blended platforms

(c.) Additional requirements (all students)

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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