Faculty of Education

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Mrs Deborah Moore (First semester); Associate Professor Paul Richardson (Second semester)



  • First semester 2016 (Flexible)
  • Second semester 2016 (Flexible)
  • Summer semester A 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


The education research project develops students' capacities to generate and analyse evidence as a basis of professional practice. Through engagement in a research process, students investigate an issue of relevance to the core work of teaching and learning. They design and execute an individual research project in a related area with appropriate supervision. The project articulates its design elements, includes a critical review of relevant research literature, an appropriate explication of its methodological position and analysis of data. Students consider the application of the research findings to the core work of teaching and learning within a particular educational setting.


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

  1. locate a research concern within a relevant body of academic scholarship
  2. review a particular field and identify implications for research design
  3. focus a research project on a selected research methodology
  4. draw out the significance of research findings and demonstrate implications for the work of teaching and learning
  5. apply research processes which demonstrate ethical procedures and academic conventions
  6. demonstrate a capacity to engage in reflective, critical discussion of the relevant research area
  7. communicate research findings to an academic audience.


Research report A (5000 words, 50%)
Research report B (5000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • equivalent to 36 hours engagement in online, face-to-face or blended platforms

(b.) Contact hours for off-campus students:

  • equivalent to 36 hours engagement in online or blended platforms

(c.) Additional requirements (all students)

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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