EDUC 7058 - Research Processes
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code EDUC 7058 Course Research Processes Coordinating Unit School of Education Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Incompatible Research Design or Ed Inquiry (MEd students) Course Description This course provides an introduction to post-graduate research processes including managing candidature, project planning and ethical research practices.
Course Coordinator: Dr Cally Guerin
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Course Learning Outcomes
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University Graduate Attributes
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There is no textbook for this course. Rather students will be required to read selected literature on key research processes covered in the course.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The course is built around a series of lectures covering the design, writing and presentation of a research proposal. These are complemented by seminars addressing the practical aspects of creating this document/ presentation. The assignments represent developmental moves towards the final proposal document and presentation.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The information below summarises the anticipated time commitment required to enable successful completion of this course.
1 x 2 hour lecture per week
1 x 2 hour seminar per week
1x 3 hour reading per week (x12)
1x 2 hour supervision meeting per fortnight (x6)
1 x 24 hours research and writing of annotated bibliography (x1)
1 x 6 hours critical review
1 x 30 hours research proposal draft (x1)
1 x 10 hours seminar presentation of research proposal preparation (x1)
Total = 156
Learning Activities Summary
Introduction to critical approaches: doing research
- Identifying a research focus
Finding the literature
- Planning your research tactics
The annotated bibliography
- Writing an annotated bibliography entry
Constructing effective research questions and/or hypotheses
- Refining your research questions and/ or hypotheses and objectives
- Presenting literature as part of the introduction “story”
Structuring an argument
- Planning your outline, language strategies
Voice in academic writing
- Meetings with supervisors – agendas and reports
Individual consultations with supervisors
- Individual consultations with supervisors
Structuring a methodology
- Group feedback and peer review of writing
Outlining a research project & preparing the proposal
- Research timetables and Gantt charts
Finalising the Research Proposal
- Moving into the project
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3000 word Annotated Bibliography in the student’s field of interest covering at least 20 research articles.
(Formative & Summative)
1 and 2
500 word critical review developing one topic/theme identified in Annotated Bibliography
1 and 3
Seminar presentation of Research Proposal
Give a 15 minute presentation (+10 minutes for questions) of Research Proposal
(Formative & Summative)
1,3,4,5 and 6
Full Research Proposal - 5000 words
(Formative & Summative)
1,3,4,5 and 6
Assessment Related RequirementsNote that attendance at seminars is compulsory. Students who are unable to provide justification for non-attendance will fail the course.
All assessments are graded according to assessment grids with descriptors based on The Researcher Skills Development Framework (Willison & O'Regan, 2008) according to the following criteria:
All the qualities of Bands 1 – 5 of the Researcher Skills Development Framework as described in the relevant assessment grid.
All the qualities of Bands 1 – 4 of the Researcher Skills Development Framework as described in the relevant assessment grid.
A marginal pass including all the qualities of Bands 1 – 3 of the Researcher Skills Development Framework as described in the relevant assessment grid.
Less than Band 3 on the Researcher Skills Development Framework as described in the relevant assessment grid.
Assessment DetailAssessment detail will be provided on introduction of each assignment.
The tasks are due for submission by 4.00pm on the due dates specified. Submission of assignments after the due dates listed above will receive a penalty. The penalty, which has been set by the Researcher Education and Development unit, will be a deduction of one Band per week (or part of a week) from the original Band awarded. For example, if you are awarded a Distinction for an assignment submitted one week later than the due date, the actual Band you receive will be a Credit. Assignments must be accompanied by an Assessment Submission Sheet, available at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/placeholder.
Students with acceptable reasons (medical or compassionate reasons or as a result of exceptional circumstances) may apply for an extension. The application for an extension must be made in writing to the Course Coordinator (using the Application for Supplementary Examination available from the following URL: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/pdfs/supp_applic.pdf) before the deadline and be accompanied by relevant documentation to support the request. If approved, a new deadline will be set, taking into account the circumstances of the request and the time that would have been lost from studies. Assignments will normally be returned within two weeks of the submission date.
Re-submission of work
Students who have submitted written assessments on time but have not passed may be allowed to resubmit their work. Please contact the Researcher Education and Development unit for more information about re-submission of work.
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.The Grading Basis used for this course is The Researcher Skills Development Framework (Willison & O'Regan, 2008). Details of the grades/results available in this Grading Basis can be obtained from the following URL: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/tobesetup/. All assignments in this course are co-marked by the designated supervisor in the student’s discipline. A student must receive a pass mark from both their supervisor and Research Design lecturer in order to pass the course. While the supervisor grades the student on content and compliance with the disciplinary conventions, the Research Design lecturer will grade the student on language, document structure, presentation skills and cohesion.
Re-marking of work
Students are able to request a re-mark if they have valid reasons for disputing a mark awarded. Students must first seek and receive feedback from the course coordinator, who will provide further information.
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