Conducting Educational Research

Subject EDUC90729 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 02-Mar-2015
Teaching Period 30-Mar-2015 to 07-May-2015
Assessment Period End 15-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Mar-2015
Census Date 17-Apr-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 27-Jul-2015
Teaching Period 14-Sep-2015 to 29-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 02-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2015
Census Date 25-Sep-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 02-Oct-2015

Pre-teaching period:

During the pre-teaching period students are required to access the subject LMS site and familiarise themselves with the curriculum, readings and assessment.

Students completing a research proposal are required to meet regularly with their supervisor during the pre-teaching period to finalise their topic and commence work on the proposal.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


It is expected that MEd (research) students will have already initiated and attended meetings with their supervisor before commencing this subject.


Candidates in the MEd (research) must be enrolled in their thesis at the same time as this subject is undertaken.

Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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.

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Subject Overview:

In this subject, students will study an area of research methodology relevant to their proposed thesis. Modules will be presented on Qualitative Methods and Quantitative Methods. There may be additional workshops on particular aspects of research methodology, and students will be encouraged to attend classes in modules other than the one they are doing if the topic is relevant to their thesis. Students should consult with their proposed supervisor to discuss which module they should take.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject, students will have a detailed understanding of a particular methodological approach relevant to their proposed thesis.

  • 10 minute oral presentation and literature search (1,500 words) due mid-way through the teaching period, 40%
  • Research proposal or critical assessment of an area of research methodology relevant to the student’s thesis (3,500 words) due end of semester, 60%

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Creswell, J. W. (2012). Educational research: Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research (4th Ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Doctor of Education
Master of Education
Master of Education (Educational Management)
Master of Education (International Baccalaureate)
Master of Evaluation
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Education
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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