Year One Thesis E (Part-Time)

Unit code: UGR7905 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


Year One Thesis B contributes to the research student’s progress towards the production of a Year One Thesis in an approved thesis format for internal examination. In this unit of study the student will build on the work already done in UGR7904 Year One Thesis A, and will be expected to demonstrate significant progress towards completion of the Year One thesis.

Learning Outcomes

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

  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 design, develop and implement a research project/s to systematically investigate a research problem; to develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge; and to 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. capacity to 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.


For Melbourne campuses

The student will enrol in Year One Thesis units to the total value of 36 credit points. Throughout the Year 1 program, the student will demonstrate substantial progress towards completion of the Year One Thesis through formal meetings with their academic supervisor, who will provide formative feedback. On completion (the submission of UGR7902), the Year One Thesis will be examined by a single examiner internal to VU. In cases where a student achieves a 70% minimum average across the Coursework units but a grade of either 45-49% or 65– 69% in the thesis, the student will be given an opportunity to revise and resubmit, with maximum final grades being no more than 50% or 70% respectively. The examination process will be overseen by ORTQI.

Assessment type: Thesis
Grade: 100%
Year one research thesis

Required reading


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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