EDF4101 - Research project in education - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Alan Reid


Renee Crawford (Clayton)
Gloria Quinones Goytortua (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




This unit builds students' capacity to research teaching and learning in particular educational settings. They demonstrate their capacity to work with data ethically through an analysis task. This is focused on examining data from an education setting generated for particular purposes via a range of select methods, e.g. via self-study, action research, or participant observation, focus groups or interviews with stakeholders, analysis of documents or other artefacts, etc. Students apply and hone their developing research skills through a small-scale project designed to inform their own educational practice. Finally, students demonstrate a clear and coherent exposition of the knowledge and insights they have gained about research processes and outcomes through a poster presentation of their findings to their peers and tutors, followed by a reflection task.


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

  1. demonstrate their capacity to generate data ethically and analyse its significance
  2. develop, conduct and report on a small-scale project on a professional practice-related topic
  3. demonstrate a clear and coherent exposition of the knowledge they have gained in written and oral forms
  4. reflect on how educational research supports professional learning and practice development, including their own.


Analysis task (1600 words or equivalent, 40%)

Research communication via poster (1200 words equivalent, 30%)

Research reflection (1200 words, 30%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 24 contact hours per semester to include:
    • 7 x 3-hr workshops
    • 3 hours of peer interaction on the research project
  2. Requirements for on-campus block City-based students:
    • one intensive weekend block
    • at least 4 hours of active online engagement in Moodle activities per term
  3. Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:
    • one intensive block comprising (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
    • at least 4 hours of online study per term
  4. Additional requirements for all students:
    • independent study to make up the required minimum hours per semester

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