EDF5153 - Honours thesis extension 1 - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Not offered in 2019


Enrolment in EDF5153 will usually occur when, due to extenuating circumstances, students require more time to complete their thesis. A case needs to be made and, with the support of their supervisors, students may enrol in EDF5153.


This is a unit of research study, focusing on a particular theory or issue in the field of education, undertaken with guidance and support from the supervisor. Students are expected to demonstrate initiative and independence during their research study. All honours students are required to present their research proposal at a research seminar. The honours thesis is designed for students who are intending to undertake further higher degree studies. Graduates who have successfully completed the honours thesis (both part 1 and part 2) are able to use this 16,000-word study as evidence of independent research experience in an application for entry into the doctorate program.


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

  1. devise a research topic to investigate that is feasible within the two-unit time frame
  2. identify key research questions that are not too general and ambitious
  3. select and review relevant theory and literature
  4. design a study and choose appropriate methods to investigate research questions
  5. select appropriate modes of analysis
  6. consider ethical issues involved in research
  7. implement, critically appraise or apply research in a particular field
  8. prepare a comprehensive written report that is professionally presented and contains all the required components including a bibliography at the end.


A 16,000-word dissertation and is the formal assessment task for this unit (together with EDF5151Not offered in 2019 and EDF5152Not offered in 2019).

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester

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