Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, participants scope and design a research project in curriculum, teaching and learning for a specific higher education context. In their research project, participants apply concepts and principles of higher education curriculum, teaching and learning to their own practice, and design research involving established and emerging methods from educational research literature. Participants are guided in the selection of methods for gathering data, analysis and interpretation of data, and complete a research project that addresses ethical issues according to faculty or university guidelines. Participants critique and peer review their draft progress reports, and develop a final research project report with the guidance of their supervisor.

FacultyFaculty of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Hannon

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites EDU4CTL

Co-requisites Must be enrolled in RCHE - Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. EDU4CTL

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to research methods in educationRecommendedPunch, K. (2009)LOS ANGELES; LONDON: SAGE
ReadingsQualitative research and evaluation methodsRecommendedPatton, M.Q. (2002)THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA: SAGE PUBLICATIONS
ReadingsThe Selection of a Research Design In Educational research: planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. (3rd ed)RecommendedCreswell, J.W. (2008)UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ: PEARSON/MERRILL PRENTICE HALL
ReadingsUnderstanding social programs through evaluation, in Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y, (Eds) Strategies of qualitative inquiry (2nd ed, pp1-45)RecommendedGreene, J.C. (2003)THOUSAND OAKS: SAGE PUBLICATIONS

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Hannon

Class requirements

Four 3.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Critical reflection and presentation10
Final research project report (2200 words)50
Interim project report for peer review and team critique (1500 words)40
Project design report (800 words)0