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 identify or produce and evaluate data sets in response to an education for sustainability challenge that is of personal or professional relevance. The project articulates a research question that responds to the challenge. Students gather and evaluate existing qualitative, quantitative or mixed-method research data. The project describes and assesses the data, and extrapolates meaning from the data to identify a set of findings and actions in relation to the research question. In doing this, students are conscious of who they are as researchers in the meaning-making process, how they influence it and the rigor of their conclusions.


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

  1. identify an education for sustainability challenge
  2. prepare or gather two kinds of existing research data that address the challenge
  3. describe the data and their different forms
  4. analyse the data and determine the relevance of the findings to the challenge identified
  5. identify aspects that the data do not address in relation to the challenge
  6. articulate the implications and actions that may address the challenge as a result of the study
  7. communicate findings of the project to a 'lay' audience.


Education for sustainability challenge (1600 words, 40%)
Challenge analysis (1600 words, 40%)
Challenge press release (800 words equivalent, 20%)

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

See also Unit timetable information