Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Summer semester A 2015 (Online)


This unit focuses on research and how to read research texts in order to understand and evaluate them critically. The unit is based on the assumption that research is perspective dependent. Research texts covering different approaches constitute the ground for critical analysis and interrogation.


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

  1. enhance their initial understanding of research
  2. view differences in ways in which people understand and approach research
  3. critically read examples of research
  4. plan for a potential or anticipated research project.


1. Written tasks make up a total of 80% including:
Short essay (600 words)
Extended essay with peer review provided (1200 words)
Essay on research possibilities, discussing three ways of investigating a problem/topic (800 words)
Research plan (5000 words)
2. Participation in class discussion: (200 words equivalent, 10%)
3. Working group contribution: (200 words equivalent, 10%)

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