Available in 2021
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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

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


This course replaces EDUC4960. If you have successfully completed EDUC4960 you cannot enrol in this course.

To enrol in this course students must have completed a minimum of 200 units of undergraduate study including: EDUC1103 or EDUC2103, EDUC2102 and EDUC4955.

Students must be active in one of the following programs:

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) [12366],

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) (Honours) [12367],

Bachelor of Teaching (Humanities) (Honours) [12368],

Bachelor of Teaching (Health and Physical Education) (Honours) [12370],

Bachelor of Teaching (Mathematics) (Honours) [12371],

Bachelor of Teaching (Science) (Honours) [12372],

Bachelor of Teaching (Technology) (Honours) [12373],

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours) [40108],

Bachelor of Education (Primary and Early Childhood) (Honours) [40109], or

Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) [40110].

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



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

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