In this unit, the first of two units in which part-time minor thesis students enrol, students independently conduct research which demonstrates their ability to define a problem, undertake a detailed literature search and review the relevant theoretical and practical literature. Students develop a methodology and apply it to an appropriate problem or situation. They also demonstrate good data selection, collection and analysis skills. The written minor thesis involves a high standard of written communication skills. A supervisor is allocated to each student.

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EED7001 - Research Methods in Education or

AED5001 - Education Research Design and Methods

Students must pass these units with a mark of 70 or above.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exemplify collaborative and ethical conduct in research and communicating research outcomes;  
  2. Conduct a substantial independent research project under supervision with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability;  
  3. Critically review relevant and current principal scholarly literature/s relating to the thesis topic;  
  4. Interrogate and challenge complex information, and synthesise a range of conceptual and empirical materials to draw defensible conclusions; and  
  5. Authoritatively and effectively elucidate structured, coherent ideas in a written composition (or a negotiated alternative if choosing a creative work option) at a standard acceptable for academic peer review.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Submission of progress report Pass/Fail
Hurdle: Students are required to submit a research proposal to the supervisor and receive an approval. Where applicable submission of ethics application and receipt ethics approval

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