Unit aim

Considers the role, nature and practice of research in education. Students are introduced to general research principles and qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies with a focus on ethical issues in the conduct of research. Students plan a research-based project, and develop a research proposal and an ethics application.

Unit content

Module 1: Introduction

The role, nature and practice of research in education
The role of ontology, epistemology and theory in informing approaches to research
Overview of research methodology and methods, including a broad understanding of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches
Framing a research study

Module 2a: Qualitative research methods in education (optional module)

Qualitative methodology and theory
Qualitative data collection approaches and techniques, including sampling
Qualitative data analysis approaches
How is qualitative research evaluated?

Module 2b: Quantitative research methods (optional module)

Quantitative methodology and theory
Quantitative data collection approaches and techniques, including sampling
Quantitative data analysis approaches
How is quantitative research evaluated?

Module 3: Preparing a research proposal and ethics application

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning na (na)
Draft Research Proposal 30%
Research Proposal70%

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