EDF5614 - Research project in education - 2017

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.




Associate Professor Jane Southcott (Semester 1)

Associate Professor Shane Phillipson (Semester 2)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Flexible)
  • Second semester 2017 (Flexible)


In this unit students design and execute an individual research project in an area broadly related to education with appropriate supervision. The project investigates an issue of significance and includes a critical review of relevant academic and research literature, an appropriate explication of a methodological position and/or analysis of empirical data.


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
  3. focus a research project on selected research methodologies
  4. use research processes with due regard to ethical procedures and academic conventions
  5. demonstrate a capacity to engage in reflective, critical discussion of the relevant research area.


Research report (12,000 words, 100%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Supervision:
    • one-on-one or group supervision activities equivalent to 1-2 hours per week
  2. Other:
    • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

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Chief examiner(s)