Capstone Research Investigation

Unit code: EED6004 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Nicholson
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
EED7001 - Research Methods in Education; or
(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, the relevant and appropriate resources to engage students in their learning and 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: Report
Grade: 25%
Analysis of Australia’s performance and curricular implementation, in relation to two chosen SDGs
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 10%
Participate in and critically evaluate community-based sustainability education program
Assessment type: Review
Grade: 50%
Develop research based on systematic review of literature focusing on the application of one SDG in the formal education system
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 15%
Oral reporting and sharing information on community sustainability education programs

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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