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 (Flexible)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Wing Chan


This unit comprises a self-directed project focusing on issues, challenges, concerns, dilemmas or problems derived from a professional workplace context. Students discuss their professional projects with the unit coordinator to select and pursue a research project appropriate to their workplace context and unit requirements. Even though the professional project is self-directed, students are offered guidance, support and feedback over the course of the project. Small-group interaction is required to support students to undertake key aspects of their professional inquiry which may be conducted on- or off-campus, or a combination of both.


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

  1. identify how to understand and examine a particular workplace issue or concern
  2. use a range of skills in critically examining how to address their issue or concern
  3. access research that is relevant to their professional lives and that impacts on their workplace issue or concern
  4. identify implications for professional thinking and practice that impact on their specific workplace situation
  5. write about their professional practice for specific purposes and audiences.


Project plan (1600 words equivalent, 20%)
Project (6400 words, 80%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face-to-face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for flexible students:

  • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
  • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study