Education Honours II: Research Design and Methods

Course code EDUC4965Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course provides an introduction to the educational research methods and design. Students will explore a range of methods for conducting educational research, and develop an understanding of their purpose and implications. Students will develop an understanding of research design, and develop their own research proposal under the mentorship of one or more members of the faculty.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011
ObjectivesAt the completion of this course the student will have the capacity to:

1) Understand different research methods used in education.
2) Select appropriate research methods depending on the goal of the research.
3) Understand research design.
4) Develop a research proposal.
5) Work effectively with a research mentor or supervisor.
ContentThis course will address at a minimum:

- Research methods and methodology.
- Research design.
- Research Proposals.
- The supervisor-student relationship.
Replacing Course(s)EDUC4960
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMinimum of 160 units of undergraduate study including:
120 units study in Education units incorporating both EDUC2102, EDUC2103, and EDUC4955; and an average GPA of 5.5 or higher.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1 - 30%

Critique and analysis of a research paper in terms of the research methods deployed, and issues of reliability, validity, or their equivalents.
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 2 - 50%

Development of a research proposal and ethics application for the students project.
Presentations - IndividualAssignment 3 - 20%

Presentation of the research proposal at a faculty forum.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC4965