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


In this unit students select an education for sustainability challenge or issue of relevance to their professional context and design a small-scale inquiry. Students learn how to set out the key features of a potential project, and how to select appropriate criteria for evaluating the quality of their research design.


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

  1. identify how to transform an education for sustainability issue or challenge into a researchable question
  2. articulate the design aspects of a project in order to secure appropriate evidence on which to base conclusions
  3. access literature that is relevant to their professional challenge and identify how the project addresses a gap or aspect in the literature
  4. identify implications for professional thinking and practice that impact on their specific situation
  5. communicate features of a well-designed project to a professional and/or academic audience.


Project design part 1: literature review and research question (1500 words equivalent, 35%)
Project design part 2: research design and methodology (1500 words equivalent, 35%)
Project brief: abstract and summary (1000 words, 30%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per term comprising:

(a.) Study schedule for online students:

  • 24 hours of directed online activities per term

(d.) Additional requirements:

  • 120 hours of independent study per term

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