EDUC 7058 - Research Processes

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course provides an introduction to post-graduate research processes including managing candidature, project planning and ethical research practices.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Cally Guerin

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    No information currently available.

    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    There is no textbook for this course. Rather students will be required to read selected literature on key research processes covered in the course.

    Online Learning

    Additional course-related material is available through MyUni.

  • 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

    24 hours

    1 x 2 hour seminar per week

    24 hours

    1x 3 hour reading per week (x12)

    36 hours

    1x 2 hour supervision meeting per fortnight (x6)

    2 hours

    1 x 24 hours research and writing of annotated bibliography (x1)

    24 hours

    1 x 6 hours critical review

    6 hours

    1 x 30 hours research proposal draft (x1)

    30 hours

    1 x 10 hours seminar presentation of research proposal preparation (x1)

    10 hours


    Total = 156

    Learning Activities Summary





    Introduction to critical approaches: doing research

    1. Identifying a research focus


    Finding the literature

    1. Planning your research tactics


    The annotated bibliography

    1. Writing an annotated bibliography entry


    Constructing effective research questions and/or hypotheses

    1. Refining your research questions and/ or hypotheses and objectives


    Reviewing literature

    1. Presenting literature as part of the introduction “story”


    Structuring an argument

    1. Planning your outline, language strategies


    Voice in academic writing

    1. Meetings with supervisors – agendas and reports


    Individual consultations with supervisors

    1. Individual consultations with supervisors


    Structuring a methodology

    1. Group feedback and peer review of writing


    Outlining a research project & preparing the proposal

    1. Research timetables and Gantt charts



    1. Presentations  


    Finalising the Research Proposal

    1. Moving into the project
  • 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 task

    Task description

    Due date


    Learning Objectives

    Annotated Bibliography

    3000 word Annotated Bibliography in the student’s field of interest covering at least 20 research articles.

    (Formative & Summative)

    Week 5


    1 and 2

    Critical Review

    500 word critical review developing one topic/theme identified in Annotated Bibliography

    Week 9


    1 and 3

    Seminar presentation of Research Proposal

    Give a 15 minute presentation (+10 minutes for questions) of Research Proposal

    (Formative & Summative)

    Week 11


    1,3,4,5 and 6

    Research Proposal

    Detailed outline


    Full Research Proposal - 5000 words

    (Formative & Summative)

    Week 8


    Week 12




    1,3,4,5 and 6

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Note 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 Detail
    Assessment 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

    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: 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.

    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.

    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: 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.

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

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