Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Research supervision is a form of teaching, and just like teaching, it is a complex process. For career-long growth, supervisors need to see learning to supervise as an ongoing, challenging process. It's impossible to know everything about supervising well, so look forward to a life time of learning about this extremely important academic role. With this in mind, as you work through the content in this course you are asked to focus on two key questions:

1) how will you continue to professionally develop in this area once the course is over?

2) how will you continually evaluate and improve your research supervision practice?

The course itself is designed to help you answer those two questions for yourself. The content of the course will introduce you to some of the literature in the field and ask you to engage with this through the module activities and course assessment tasks.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2014.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Reflect on ways to evaluate and further develop their career and postgraduate research supervision

2. Demonstrate awareness of appropriate institutional policies and processes with regard to effective and efficient completion of higher degrees by research

3. Develop and articulate a personal and professional philosophy of postgraduate supervision that recognises the importance of the personal relationship in HDR supervision


The course is based around participation in a variety of workshops associated with RHD supervision. Some of these will be core activities where the University Code of Practice for RHD Candidature will be introduced along with details of guiding policies and processes associated with RHD candidature and supervision. Other workshops will be available in conjunction with the general supervisor training program. These may include workshops on topics such as:

  • Defining the doctorate.
  • What do we know about good supervisory practice.
  • Supervisory roles, responsibilities and relations.
  • Interpersonal factors in supervision.
  • Issues in diversity.
  • Preparing the student: proposals, ethics and research training.
  • Facilitating writing.
  • Issues in examination.
  • Intellectual property and commercialisation.
  • Others as requested.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Practice of Tertiary Teaching program.

Assumed knowledge

TEHE6010 and TEHE6020.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments