Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Nicholas Allix


In this unit students deepen their awareness of research methodologies and further develop skills in data gathering and analysis, review of the literature, articulating the professional project plan and assessing and evaluating project progress. The unit provides scaffolded support for the preparation and submission of a journal article reporting on the student's project design development and progress. The unit is offered as the required fourth unit of study in the Master in School Leadership course, usually taken in the fourth semester of part-time study.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. identify and validate an interpretation of a researchable problem in their professional setting
  2. analyse available data to refine their understanding of the research problem
  3. provide evidence of the collaborative/participative approach they have used to accomplish a shared understanding of the problem
  4. review appropriate empirical, theoretical and professional literature related to the problem
  5. explicate the alignment between choices made in designing and developing the project and the relevant literature
  6. demonstrate familiarity with methodological perspectives and appropriateness of methods chosen to address the research problem including assessment and evaluation strategies
  7. provide a detailed summary of the professional project implementation plan including key elements and timing
  8. demonstrate awareness of ethical issues and provide evidence of having addressed these issues throughout the development, planning and early implementation phases of the project
  9. provide progress report on the early stages of project implementation
  10. write a scholarly article that provides evidence of the achievement of objectives one to nine above.


The written work (8000 words) will be required across two assignments detailed in the unit guide:
Assessment task 1 (2000 words, 30%)
Assessment task 2 (6000 words, 70%)

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week