Individual Research Project

Subject PPMN90005 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Independent reading and research under the supervision of teaching staff in the MPPM or MSP course.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Public Policy or Sociology at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects:

PPMN90002 Minor Thesis - Public / Social Policy

166-517 Minor Thesis - Public / Social Policy

Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Lauren Rosewarne, Dr Thomas Davis


Dr. Tom Davis: Dr. Lauren Rosewarne:
Subject Overview:

This subject involves focused, independent READING and research and the presentation of the findings in a scholarly manner, under the supervision of a member of the teaching staff in the MPPM or MSP programs. On completion of this subject students should demonstrate a thorough understanding of the topic chosen. understand the current literature on the topic. appreciate the theoretical, methodological and practical dimensions of the topic. be able to present orally and in writing critical thinking and analysis of the topic.

  • demonstrate a specialist understanding of the subject being studied.
  • show a capacity for an advanced level of analysis in relation to the issues being studied.
  • show an awareness of the latest research directions in the particular subject.
  • have shown a capacity for original research.

A research essay of 5000 words (100%) due at the end of semester.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to conceptualise and plan a substantial project of original research.
  • be able to present material in draft form and engage productively with a supervisor.
  • be able to enhance drafting and writing skills, in both a critical and creative manner.
  • be able to consolidate and enhance established skills in engaging creatively with a critical field.
  • be able to manage time and study resources over a sustained period of time.
  • be able to synthesise critical arguments and debates.
  • be able to test and develop new research methods in relation to ongoing debates.
Related Course(s): Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Master of Social Policy

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