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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AED5001 - Education Research Design and Methods

Students enrolled in EMED Master of Education, EGED Graduate Diploma in Education, ETED Graduate Certificate in Education must also have completed EED6001 Contemporary Issues in Education and Training. Students enrolled in AMEB must have completed 96 credit points prior to enrolling in EED6031 Students enrolled in EMED must have completed 144 credit points prior to enrolling in EED6031

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 sustained written composition (or a negotiated alternative if choosing a creative work option) at a standard acceptable for academic peer review.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Submission of a research proposal to the supervisor and receiving approval Pass/Fail
Other Submission of progress report Pass/Fail
Hurdle: Where applicable submission of ethics application and receipt ethics approval

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