Conducting Educational Research

Subject EDUC90729 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 29-Feb-2016
Teaching Period 28-Mar-2016 to 05-May-2016
Assessment Period End 13-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Mar-2016
Census Date 01-Apr-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 25-Jul-2016
Teaching Period 12-Sep-2016 to 27-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 31-Oct-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 03-Aug-2016
Census Date 16-Sep-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 30-Sep-2016

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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Mr Brad Astbury


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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%

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

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
Education and Social Change
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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