Students draw on theory, knowledge and skills developed through their degree. They explore a nominated field of education and/or training that they regard as directly related to their own interests. Through negotiation with a mentor, students undertake a theoretical study, a research or workplace investigation within the scope of the unit's word limit. Students independently conduct research which demonstrates their ability to define a problem and review relevant theoretical and practical literature. Students develop a methodology and apply it to their defined problem or situation. They also demonstrate data selection, collection and analysis skills and have flexibility in how they construct and present their findings. There is a strong focus on peer learning in this unit so that students are able to contribute to each other's learning.

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AED5001 - Education Research Design and Methods

EED6001 - Contemporary Issues in Education and Training

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate their understanding of how to ethically conducting research or a workplace investigation;  
  2. Critically review relevant and current scholarly literature/s relating to the investigation;  
  3. Analyse and synthesise a range of conceptual and empirical materials to draw defensible conclusions;  
  4. Demonstrate their research-fulness through the effective communication of ideas and concepts developed from the critical evaluation of research data.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Presentation of the research question and how it is informed by relevant literature 10%
Presentation Oral presentation to report the findings of the capstone investigation 20%
Research Paper Submission of research task as per negotiation with the nominated mentor 70%
Total assessment for this unit will be 8,000 words or equivalent.

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