Education Research Design and Methods

Unit code: AED5001 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Nicholson
Footscray Park


Research is an integral element of education. The intention of this unit is to provide students, both practitioner researchers and those who wish to advance in their trajectory as researchers with a conceptual and critical overview of educational research methodologies and methods. Students will familiarise themselves with methodological literature, explore current literature related to their chosen area of inquiry and experience developing a research proposal.  Students are advised to complete this unit directly preceding the minor thesis or capstone.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse and critique contemporary perspectives and theories related to educational research;
  2. Explicate the essential elements and processes involved in undertaking quality educational research;
  3. Elucidate an understanding of the need for the ethical conduct of research, and an awareness of the processes for applying for ethics approval when undertaking educational research;
  4. Critically reflect on and evaluate different approaches to research;
  5. Investigate and design a research project; and
  6. Defend and present a research proposal.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Research planning: Reflective writing and Scoping document
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Critical review.
Assessment type: Research Paper
Grade: 60%
Research proposal

Required reading

Readings will be made available via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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