The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course provides an introduction to educational research with a view to developing an aligned perspective of research design, theory and methods. Students will engage with key questions of data collection, data analysis and ethical conduct in education research.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020
  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand key features of major research methods in education

2. Understand analysis processes of various research data/ materials

3. Be knowledgeable of what constitutes ethical conduct in research involving humans

4. Critically evaluate and produce research project designs


  1. Relationship between theory and method in educational research
  2. Knowledge and application of basic quantitative research methods
  3. Knowledge and application of basic qualitative research methods
  4. Development of research questions
  5. Ethics in educational research and University ethics application processes
  6. Production of an ethical research project proposal

Assumed knowledge

Minimum of 160 units of undergraduate study including: EDUC2102, EDUC2103, and EDUC4955; and an average GPA of 5.5 or higher.

Assessment items

Presentation: Seminar Presentation

Written Assignment: Review of Literature

Written Assignment: Research Project Proposal

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks