Research Evaluation

Subject MGMT90183 (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:

January, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 11-Jan-2016 to 04-Mar-2016
Assessment Period End 11-Mar-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 21-Jan-2016
Census Date 29-Jan-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 19-Feb-2016

September, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 26-Sep-2016 to 18-Nov-2016
Assessment Period End 25-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Oct-2016
Census Date 14-Oct-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 04-Nov-2016

Participation in discussion boards and webinars and final 3000 word assignments.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours (including three two-hour webinars and online discussions moderated by academic staff)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management (GC-TEM), Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Policy (GC-RESMGPL), or the Master of Tertiary Education Management (MC-TEM). This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

If you are interested in this subject but are not admitted in any of the above course, please email

You must have taken the following subject prior to enrolling or you must take the subject concurrently.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

An undergraduate degree or equivalent; at least 2 years of relevant experience; current employment in the sector.

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.

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 course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team:


Dr Heather Davis


LH Martin Institute
Phone: +61 3 9810 3252

Subject Overview:

This subject provides an overview of research evaluation and its place in science policy, and gives participants knowledge and insight in areas such as:

  • the function of evaluation in science and the ways in which scientists, scientific processes and results are subject to evaluation;
  • the institutional context of research evaluation in science policy, its function in governing the science system, organizationally, nationally and internationally;
  • the type of evaluations that exist on different levels, for instance project, program, institutional evaluations and rankings, as well as the tools used in evaluations, such as peer review and metrics;
  • the social and organizational impacts of evaluation on the science system;
  • the ways in which evaluation can be studied scientifically;
  • various approaches to evaluation research.
Learning Outcomes:

On completion the participants should be able to apply what they have learned, for example by:

  • identifying relevant evaluation models for specific types of research activities;
  • commissioning research evaluations from evaluators and set targets for evaluation studies;
  • assessing the quality, significance and likely effects of research evaluation reports and communicate evaluation results to relevant stakeholders;
  • design and manage a research evaluation;
  • conduct research on evaluation in order to facilitate policy learning.

There are seven assessment tasks:

  • Students must submit 3 empirical research reports of 1000 words each, graded assessment.
  • Four online Discussion Board tasks (4 x 500-word commentaries on set readings) due every 2 weeks, pass/fail assessment. For any discussion board task submitted late, the task increases to a 1000 word commentary.

There is one hurdle requirement:

  • Participate in 3 online webinars due every 2-3 weeks. For any webinar missed, students must write and post on the discussion board a 1000 word topic summary, drawing on the recorded webinar and related discussion board postings.

NB: All hurdle and assessment tasks must be passed.

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
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completing the subject, participants should be able to:

  • communicate on policy relevant topics in various contexts of application;
  • investigate policy problems relating to evaluation and research;
  • assess risks and benefits regarding different forms of evaluation;
  • apply evaluation principles to different kinds of cases;
  • make appropriate decisions regarding evaluation in different circumstances;
  • make well-informed management decisions that consider specific contexts.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Research Management and Policy
Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management
Graduate Certificate in University Management
Master of Tertiary Education Management

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