Indigenous Research

Subject MULT90022 (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:

May, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 05-May-2016 to 11-May-2016
Assessment Period End 08-Aug-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-May-2016
Census Date 27-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-Jul-2016

This subject is offered as an on-campus intensive at a fully resourced conference facility. Students will not incur any costs for venue, accommodation or food.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 5-Day Intensive (Lectures, seminars, workshops, group activities)
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours





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Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Emmaline Bexley


Emmaline Bexley

Centre for the Study of Higher Education

Melbourne Graduate School of Education


Phone: +61 3 8344 8436

Subject Overview:

‘Indigenous Research’ is the core subject in the Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research (ProfCertIR), and is offered as a week-long on-campus intensive.

In this subject, ‘Indigenous research’ includes not only research by Indigenous individuals, but also research on Indigenous topics. The subject explores research and develops research skills from an Indigenous perspective, covering: selecting and refining a thesis topic; research design, methods and methodology; reviewing the literature; ethical issues in Indigenous research; intellectual property and copyright; establishing effective relationships with supervisors; managing scholarly information; Indigenous archival research; qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and presentation; and planning and writing a thesis.

The subject is taught in a mixed mode of seminars, case studies, and group activities, with an emphasis on collaborative learning and team-based problem solving. The format is interactive, with each session facilitated by an academic leader and/or panel of academics. Students engage in a range of activities, including structured reflection, academic writing, and formal verbal presentations. Students’ assessment tasks relate directly to their own research.

Upon satisfactory completion of the core subject, students are awarded a Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research, which will give them 25 credit points towards the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership.

Learning Outcomes:

To provide a cohort experience and supportive learning environment for students engaged in Indigenous research, with the opportunity to establish ongoing professional networks.
To build research capacity within the cohort by means of providing accessible and culturally sensitive Indigenous research training.
To enable Research Higher Degree (RHD) candidates to:

  • resolve research issues and bring this ability to the solving of research problems from an Indigenous perspective;
  • demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues and conduct in Indigenous research;
  • demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of principles, practices and milestones in developing and completing their research projects;
  • develop skills in communicating such knowledge and understanding effectively through oral and written research presentations.

1. Two individual 20 minute oral presentations to be delivered during the teaching period, of which only the second one is marked.

  • The first presentation consists of the proposed research program and occurs on the first day of the teaching period. It is assessed only in terms of quality, and formative feedback is provided to students.
  • The final 20 minute presentation is assessed formally on the last day of the teaching period (20%).

2. One 1,500 word reflective journal, due at the completion of the teaching period (10%, hurdle requirement).

3. A written assignment of 5,000 words, due three months after the teaching period (70%).
[It is envisaged for example that the students will either prepare their research proposal, or undertake substantial work on one of their chapters such as the literature review]

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be made available prior to the course, and is expected to be referred to in the first oral presentation.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

RHD candidates completing this subject will be able to:

  • Apply research skills, practices and specialist knowledge in new and different contexts;
  • Develop key learning and research strengths, and support their peers’ development as well;
  • Communicate research goals, methods and findings effectively to non-specialists, including Indigenous communities;
  • Demonstrate a high level of respect for Indigenous knowledge, cultures and values.

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership
Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research

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