EDUC 7031 - Education Major Project (6 Unit)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

The project reports on a research project of secondary data, or a small primary data study, conducted with the guidance of an academic supervisor in conjunction with a literature review. You will critically analyse and evaluate existing knowledge about a problem in order to investigate the problem. Your conclusions may include implications for better educational practice and further research studies. Progress will be monitored through regular discussions between the supervisor and the student.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 7031
    Course Education Major Project (6 Unit)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact One on one contact with supervisor
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge Completion of Educational Inquiry/ Research Design
    Assessment Major project 10,000 words (100%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Robert Matthews

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Submit research proposal prior to first week of semester using the form downloaded from MyUni. By approaximately the end of the first week of semester, you will be provided with your supervisors name and requested to arrange a meeting time with them. Due to the nature of this course being run through negotiation with your supervisor, only broad indication of timeframes are possible. It is your supervisors responsibility to specify meeting times and frequency in negotiation with you.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The course aims to provide you with an opportunity to achieve a small research project with the assistance of an academic supervisor.  You will design, conduct and report a small research project in your area of interest.  This may be a secondary data analysis or a small primary data analysis. 

    Upon completion of the unit, you should have built your capabilities as a reflective practitioner and effective communicator to demonstrate skills in:
    (1) gathering, forming and critiquing knowledge from research reports.
    (2) seeking knowledge through the practices and inquiry modes of a scholar-educator-researcher, by: i. identifying and investigating a research problem ii. applying an appropriate research design and associated methods rigorously iii. conducting the research project in an ethical fashion iv. drawing appropriate conclusions and indicating the significance of the findings for educational practice and research v. reporting the research in a scholarly fashion appropriate to the disciplinary area.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 & 2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1 & 2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1 & 2
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1 & 2
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1 & 2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1 & 2
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1 & 2
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    In consultation with your supervisor you will undertake readings from professional and academic sources related to your research problem, the design and methods of your project, and any other specific readings required to complete the project.

    For additional guidance on research methodology and structure, please utilize your earlier readings for Educational Inquiry and other research methodology courses you have attended.
    Recommended Resources
    Not Applicable
    Online Learning
    You are required to have online access to library databases electronic material, journal articles and the skills to search effectively.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face-to-face and or online meetings with supervisors.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This is a 6-unit topic and thus anticipates a 50% of a full time (38 hours) workload.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Not Applicable.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Not Applicable.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    By its research nature, dialogue with supervisor is an inherent small discovery process.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment for this course consists of a scholarly research report in the order of 10 000 words; using referencing appropriate to the discipline.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Not Applicable.
    Assessment Detail
    Detailed requirements of your project will be provided through dialogue with supervisor. A comprehensive rubric may be downloaded from MyUni that will provide guidance on points to cover for assessment.
    Submit an electronic copy to your supervisor for grading (via email attachment) by the due date. They may ask for a hard copy in addition.
    Due Date: November 14th.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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