|1.||Expert understanding of a substantial body of theory and its practical application at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including substantial expert knowledge of ethical research principles and methods applicable to the field;|
|2.||Intellectual independence and cognitive skills to undertake a systematic investigation, reflect critically on theory and practice and evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, including identifying, evaluating and critically analysing the validity of research studies and their applicability to a research problem;|
|3.||Expert cognitive, technical and creative skills to: a) design, develop and implement a research project/s to systematically investigate a research problem, b) develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge, c) manage, analyse, evaluate and interpret data, synthesising key ideas and theorising within the context of key literature;|
|4.||Expert communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions; to disseminate and promote new insights; and to cogently present a complex investigation of originality, or original research, both for external examination and to specialist (eg. researcher peers) and non-specialist (industry and/or community) audiences through informal interaction, scholarly publications, reports and formal presentations;|
|5.||Reflect on, develop and evaluate strategies for achieving their own learning and career goals;|
|6.||Intellectual independence, initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning;|
|7.||Ethical practice and full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs; and|
|8.||Autonomy, authoritative judgment, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and leading scholar.|
|Thesis||Research Thesis (60,000-100,000 words)||Pass/Fail|
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