|1.||Expert understanding of a substantial body of theory and its practical application at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including substantial expert knowledge of ethical research principles and methods applicable to the field;|
|2.||Intellectual independence and cognitive skills to undertake a systematic investigation, reflect critically on theory and practice and evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, including identifying, evaluating and critically analysing the validity of research studies and their applicability to a research problem;|
|3.||Expert cognitive, technical and creative skills to design, develop and implement a research project/s to systematically investigate a research problem; to develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge; and to manage, analyse, evaluate and interpret data, synthesising key ideas and theorising within the context of key literature;|
|4.||Expert communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions; to disseminate and promote new insights; and to cogently present a complex investigation of originality, or original research, both for external examination and to specialist (eg. researcher peers) and non-specialist (industry and/or community) audiences through informal interaction, scholarly publications, reports and formal presentations;|
|5.||Capacity to reflect on, develop and evaluate strategies for achieving their own learning and career goals;|
|6.||Intellectual independence, initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning;|
|7.||Ethical practice and full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs; and|
|8.||Autonomy, authoritative judgment, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and leading scholar.|
|Thesis||Research Thesis (60,000-100,000 words)||Pass/Fail|
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