Capstone Research Investigation

Unit code: EED6004 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Nicholson
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
EED7001 - Research Methods in Education or
AED5001 - Education Research Design and Methods
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Students conduct a systematic literature review in relation to an educational problem. In doing so, they draw on theory, knowledge and skills developed through their degree. Through negotiation with their lecturer, students undertake a review of relevant literature, by applying appropriate selection criteria for choosing and analysing the literature. Students collaborate to produce an evidence-based research report. The report demonstrates skilfulness in engaging in systematic processes of inquiring into a relevant topic.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding regarding the Sustainability Cross Curriculum Priority its application in various subjects across the curriculum; and the relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teachers;
  2. Articulate understanding regarding the big challenges of our time as expressed through the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals;
  3. Conduct an investigation based on a systematic literature review; analyse and synthesise a range of literary materials to draw defensible conclusions;
  4. Communicate research findings and develop evidence-based claims;
  5. Collaborate to develop research capabilities.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 25%
Presentation of the research plan, research questions, research justification and how it is informed by relevant literature
Assessment type: Research Paper
Grade: 60%
Systematic literature review report
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 15%
Presentation to report the findings of the capstone investigation

Required reading

Links to recommended readings and resources for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate)

As part of a course

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