This unit of study provides the opportunity to conduct research on professional practice in the workplace. It is a study of relevant policies, literature, and analysis in a practical context. It is advised that the project be constructed to be achieved within the requisite timeframe.

This project provides for exit from the Doctor of Education with a Master of Education (Professional Practice). The focus and form (for example, a creative work) are to be negotiated with the supervisor and it should be a project of use and value to the student and to their work.

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Satisfactory completion of the four units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Complete a project research report on professional practice that demonstrates mastery of different academic and professional writing genres;  
  2. Work collaboratively and ethically in conducting research and communicating research outcomes;  
  3. Conduct a substantial independent research project under supervision with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability;  
  4. Review and critique relevant and current scholarly literature/s relating to the thesis topic;  
  5. Interrogate and challenge complex information, and synthesise a range of conceptual and empirical materials to draw defensible conclusions;  
  6. Communicate authoritatively structured, coherent ideas in a sustained written composition (or a negotiated alternative if choosing a creative work option) at a standard acceptable for academic peer review; and  
  7. Respond to feedback on their work, and show the capacity to engage in an academic discourse.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Workplace project (15-20,000 words) Pass/Fail
The Workplace Project Report will be a paper/minor thesis of no less than 15,000 or more than 20,000 words (or a negotiated alternative if choosing a creative work option). Examination of the project will be conducted by one external examiner and one internal examiner. The supervisor will not be the examiner. The examiners will recommend one of three outcomes for the workplace project: (a) passed; (b) passed subject to amendments being made to the satisfaction of the supervisor; or (c) failed.

Required reading

Doing Research in the Real World, 3rd edition
Gray, D.E., (2014)
London, SAGE Publications Ltd.

The SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning,
Malloch, M. Cairns, L., Evans, K., and O'Connor, B.N., (eds) (2013)
London, SAGE Publications Ltd.

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