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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)


This is a unit of research study, focusing on a particular theory or issue in the field of education, undertaken with guidance and support from the supervisor. Students are expected to demonstrate initiative and independence during their research study. All honours students are required to present their research proposal at a research seminar. The honours thesis is designed for students who are intending to undertake further higher degree studies. Graduates who have successfully completed the honours thesis (both part 1 and part 2) are able to use this 16,000-word study as evidence of independent research experience in an application for entry into the doctorate program.


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

  1. devise a research topic to investigate that is feasible within the two-unit time frame
  2. identify key research questions that are not too general and ambitious
  3. select and review relevant theory and literature
  4. design a study and choose appropriate methods to investigate research questions
  5. select appropriate modes of analysis
  6. consider ethical issues involved in research
  7. implement, critically appraise or apply research in a particular field
  8. prepare a comprehensive written report that is professionally presented and contains all the required components including a bibliography at the end.


A 16,000-word dissertation and is the formal assessment task for this unit (together with EDF5151, EDF5152 and EDF5153).

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload comprises:
(a.) Overall requirements:
+ 24 hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Enrolment in EDF5154 will usually occur when, due to extenuating circumstances, students require more time to complete their thesis. A case needs to be made and, with the support of their supervisors, students may enrol in EDF5154.