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
OfferedClayton Second semester (extended) 2015 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Angela Carbone


This unit introduces the essential elements required to undertake a higher education project and allows students to design a project to improve or innovate in an area of higher education. Students can investigate any area of teaching and learning in higher education. They consider ways of expressing their project effectively using a variety of formats, the need and value of their project, exploring the literature and building on past higher education projects and programs, the research approach, dissemination plans, and timeline and budget so that the deliverables and outcomes of the project can be achieved within the timeframe. Core components of the unit have been developed for online delivery, thus maximising the efficacy of face-to-face sessions as opportunities for discussion, interaction and group work.


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

  1. communicate their proposal effectively using different formats, to participants, staff and industry
  2. review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise a variety of materials in order to articulate the need for their project
  3. identify local and global networks that support and enhance their project outcomes
  4. outline ethical issues involved in undertaking a higher education project
  5. articulate and apply research approaches to undertake and evaluate their project.


Verbal presentation and short written expression of the project proposal (500 words, 20%)
Written submission outlining project outcomes and rationale, discussing the value and need for the project (2000 to 3000 words, 40%)
Written submission describing the approach, dissemination strategy and budget justification (2000 to 3000 words, 40%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload comprises:
(a.) Overall requirements:
+ students are expected to undertake 120 hours per semester of study and use their study time to attend on-campus lectures and workshops, undertake the unit tasks as set out in the unit guide, which include set readings, and to complete assessment tasks

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Chief examiner(s)


First degree or equivalent


HED5031, HED5032