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

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 Term 1 2015 (Flexible)
Clayton Term 3 2015 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Scott Bulfin (Clayton, day); Associate Professor Paul Richardson (Term 1 - Clayton, flexible); Associate Professor Jane Southcott (Term 3 - Clayton, flexible)


This is an intensive unit that introduces students to research in education. Students learn the language of research, understand the ethical implications of research decisions and learn how the elements of research design work together for robust outcomes. This unit is the prerequisite for EDF5614 Research project in education, and students undergo a scaffolded transition into their own research project.


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

  1. locate their research interest within broader research perspectives and methodologies in the field of education and social sciences
  2. formulate research questions that are congruent with a chosen research approach
  3. design ways to generate and analyse qualitative and quantitative data that are congruent with specific research questions
  4. use research processes with due regard to ethical procedures
  5. justify proposed research through scholarly and critical discussion.


Research plan (2000 words, 25%)
Research proposal (6000 words, 75%)
Students enrolled in 2674 Bachelor of Education (Honours) complete the following assessment tasks:
Research proposal (4000 words, 50%)
Depth paper (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers students intensive blocks of teaching to supplement self-directed learning activities and assessment in a supported way.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for flexible students:

  • 36 hours equivalent of learning activities over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

See also Unit timetable information

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