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

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Off-campus block of classes)
Singapore Term 4 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Professor Peter Sullivan (Clayton); Dr Julie Harrington (Singapore, online)


This unit is a self-directed project focusing on issues, challenges, concerns, dilemmas or problems derived from a professional workplace context. Students are required to discuss their professional projects with the appropriate 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. As there can clearly be no prescribed curriculum, students may be required to participate in small-group meetings that 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 work place 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.


Professional project (6000 words, 100%)
Hurdle tasks: written project plan and personal reflection on the process of carrying out the research (2000 words)
Students work with the unit coordinator to select, research and report an issue related to their professional context. The unit coordinator is responsible for supervision and assessment of each professional project.

Workload requirements

Students work through their project in relation to readings and prompts designed to stimulate their thinking and actions about their professional project.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester/term comprising:

(a.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan based students:

  • one intensive block comprising two week nights and weekend days, normally from Thursday to Sunday
  • at least fourteen hours of online study per term

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

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