Project in Educational Leadership

Subject EDUC90148 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 22-Feb-2016
Teaching Period 01-Mar-2016 to 31-May-2016
Assessment Period End 11-Jul-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 23-Feb-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 20-May-2016

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 12-Jul-2016
Teaching Period 26-Jul-2016 to 18-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 30-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 14-Jul-2016
Census Date 12-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 14-Oct-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 12-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 22-Jul-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Pre-teaching period:

During the pre-teaching period students should access the LMS and complete any suggested activities.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Sessions with group supervisors as arranged
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours


Candidates must have completed the majority of their coursework program prior to undertaking this subject

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:


Assoc Prof David Gurr


Subject Overview:

This subject comprises the [AQF] Capstone experience for this course. Drawing on theory, knowledge and skills developed throughout the Master of Education (Educational Management), students will complete an individually negotiated project in which the student undertakes a theoretical study (for example, a substantial critical review of a particular body of literature), a research or workplace project, or an approved relevant educational experience. The Capstone project will culminate with students synthesizing the findings of their work in a written form such as a journal article or report. A hurdle requirement for this subject is that students will also provide an oral presentation of their findings, which should incorporate a reflection on the key learnings and understandings they have gained from their studies in the Master of Education (Educational Management).

Learning Outcomes:
  • Carry out a substantial research-based project
  • Analyze data and synthesized research findings
  • Present research findings in written and verbal forms
  • Produce data/findings that can be used to inform educational management practices

There are two assessment components:

  • Project proposal/preliminary report equivalent to 2000 words, due mid semester, 20%
  • A written task equivalent to 8000 words, due end of semester, 80%

There is one hurdle requirement:

  • A 20-minute oral presentation on the research-based project, due end of semester

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Burns, R.B. (2000) Introduction to Research Methods. London:Sage.

Leithwood, K. & Riehl, C. (2003) What Do We Already Know About Successful School Leadership? Paper prepared for the AERA Division A Task Force on Developing Research in Educational Leadership.

Owens, J. & Rogers, P. (1999) Program Evaluation: Forms and Approaches, London: Sage Publications.

Stoll, L., Fink, D. and Earl, L. (2003) It's About Learning It's About Time. Routledge/Falmer:London.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students will

  • Enhance their skills in self-reflection, reflective observation, critical thinking, research design and program evaluation

  • Apply critical thinking skills

  • Apply foundational research skills to address a research question

  • Demonstrate planning and time management skills

  • Undertake research independently

  • Demonstrate a capacity to communicate research results clearly, comprehensively and persuasively.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Education
Master of Education
Master of Education (Educational Management)
Master of Education (Educational Management)
Master of Education (Educational Management)

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