Minor Thesis (Full-Time)

Unit code: AED6001 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
EED7001 - Research Methods in Education; or
Students must pass these units with a mark of 70 or above.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


In this unit, 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 to inform their problem or situation, and the capacity to respond to academic feedback. Developing the minor thesis, or negotiated alternative, involves a high standard of written communication skills. Each student has a supervisor who provides individual support.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Work collaboratively and ethically in conducting 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;
  5. Authoritatively and effectively communicate 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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Thesis
Grade: 100%
Minor thesis (15-20,000 words)

Required reading

To be advised by Coordinator or Supervisor as relevant.

As part of a course

This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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