The focus of this unit is on developing the skills and knowledge required for designing and composing a Doctor of Education research proposal. The unit will synthesise the theoretical and practical learning of the three previous units studied, within a research proposal framework. Specific attention is devoted to: the research questions and objectives in relation to theory; methodology and data sources; research ethics; research integrity; literature review in relation to objectives; the dissertation. This unit (ECW8003) will enable graduate researchers to explore in more depth a range of research methodologies and the ethical issues related to them in order to begin planning their research.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate existing knowledge and ideas through critique of relevant literature and a selection of methodologies appropriate to their research;  
  2. Demonstrate expertise in the design and plan of an original doctoral research project;  
  3. Articulate a critical understanding of the ethical issues involved in conducting their research;  
  4. Present the research proposal and interpret, and respond to peer critique, and  
  5. Devise a cogent draft research proposal for a doctoral thesis.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Presentation of an original research proposal with written summary (equivalent to 2500 words) 30%
Other Research proposal (5000 words) 70%

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