EDUC 7033 - Education Dissertation (12 Unit)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

The outcome of this course is the completion of a dissertation. The dissertation reports a research project conducted with the guidance of an academic supervisor. It should make a contribution to education knowledge. You will critically analyse and evaluate existing knowledge about a problem of interest to you and design and conduct a research project investigating the problem. Your conclusions should include implications for better educational practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 7033
    Course Education Dissertation (12 Unit)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Contact One on one contact with supervisor
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge Completion of Research Design/ Educational Inquiry, Introduction to Quantitative Research and Qualitative Approaches to Research
    Assessment Dissertation 20,000 words approximately (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.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    The course aims to provide you with an opportunity to complete a dissertation. With an academic supervisor, you will design, conduct and report a research project in your area of interest.


    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

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Recommended 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.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching & Learning Modes

    Face-to-face meetings with supervisors.

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

    This is a 12-unit topic and thus anticipates a 100% of a full time (38 hours) workload.
    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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 name: 12-Unit Education
    Dissertation Description: Length: 20 000 words (some variation acceptable with agreement from supervisor)
    Time frame: This unit will be completed over one semester.
    Weight: 100%
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Two hard copies both with signed declarations of originality are to be submitted. The first to your supervisor for examination and the second to the course coordinator who will arrange a second examiner.
    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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