Unit description

Draws together the scholarly activity of three pre-requisite units in order to advance a scholarship of academic practice. Participants identify emerging issues and priorities for their own professional practice and to pursue a focus of enquiry as relevant to their professional context. Professional enquiry is transformed into a scholarly work for wider dissemination.

Unit content

Prior completion of a research project

It is assumed that during at least one of the prerequisite units of present postgraduate study, participants will have undertaken a scholarly project and/or data collection of some kind.


Topic 1 – Becoming a Critically Reflective Academic
Topic 2 – The framework of Boyer’s four scholarships and its relevance to professional inquiry
Topic 3 – Challenges and opportunities in the current context of academic practice in higher education
Topic 4 – The processes and practices of professional scholarly inquiry

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

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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