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EDR9000 Doctor of Education Thesis A

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Doctor of Education Thesis A
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Educ
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070303 - Education Studies
Grading basis : Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory


Examiner: Robyn Henderson


Pre-requisite: EDR9002 and EDR8900 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: DEDU


This course requires students with the opportunity to design, conduct and report a significant research project to be assessed by external examiners as warranting the award of the Doctor of Education qualification. It requires students to demonstrate the capacity to integrate empirical, methodological and theoretical knowledge at an advanced level in ways that relate to and contribute to current professional knowledge and practices in contemporary educational settings.


Part-time candidates should enrol in this course for each semester of the dissertation/folio component of the Doctor of Education program. This will normally be for a total of eighteen units. If two electives are included in the program pathway, students will normally enrol in 16 units. It is expected that the following elements will normally be completed by students working in close consultation with their supervisors: For students preparing a DISSERTATION - Writing and presenting a confirmation proposal; If appropriate, conducting a pilot or small-scale study; Collecting and analysing data; Writing successive versions of the chapters constituting the dissertation. For students preparing a FOLIO - Writing and presenting a confirmation proposal; Conducting and writing a formal research report; Writing an analytical thematic statement; Completing one or two other components as required for the folio.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply advanced research principles and practices to professional educational contexts.
  2. Critically interpret and apply knowledge from published research to professional practice.
  3. Select and apply appropriate research methods to conduct an independent research project.
  4. Make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the context of professional practice.
  5. Communicate understandings about published research and the findings of own research.
  6. Demonstrate competence in appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Independent study, including review of relevant literature and development of conceptual framework as appropriate. 25.00
2. Research, including data collection and data analysis. 25.00
3. Preparation of professional materials, interventions and evaluations as appropriate. 25.00
4. Portfolio, including exposition, professional artefacts and scholarly papers. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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American Psychological Association 2011, Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edn, Author, Washington, DC.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Anderson, J & Poole, M 2001, Thesis and assignment writing, 4th edn, Wiley, Milton, Queensland.
Delamont, S, Atkinson, P & Parry, O 2000, The doctoral experience: success and failure in graduate school, Falmer Press, London.
Denholm, C & Evans, TD (eds) 2012, Doctorates down under: keys to successful doctoral study in Australia and New Zealand, 2nd edn, Australian Council for Educational Research Press, Camberwell, Victoria.
Kamler, B & Thomson, P 2014, Helping doctoral students write: pedagogies for supervision, 2nd edn, Taylor and Francis, Hoboken.
(Online Resource.)
Roberts, CM 2018, The dissertation journey: a practical and comprehensive guide to planning, writing, and defending your dissertation, 3rd edn, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, California.
Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 160.00
Independent Study 170.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROGRESS REPORT / DISSERTATION 1 100 06 Jun 2019 (see note 1)

  1. Candidates who have not submitted their Dissertation must submit a Progress Report in each semester of enrolment. The Office of Research and Higher Degrees will notify candidates by email when the Progress Report is due.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to maintain regular contact with their supervisory team to discuss their research progress.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Progress Reports: To complete the Progress Report satisfactorily, students must fill out the report in consultation with their supervisor. As part of their research program, students are expected to demonstrate satisfactory progress.
    Dissertation: To successfully complete a Dissertation, students must receive a passing grade and have undertaken the requested revisions.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Progress Report: HDR students must submit a progress report and be deemed to be making Ongoing progress by the supervisor and ADR to receive a ONG grade.
    Dissertation: At the end of the candidature students are required to submit a dissertation for examination, receive a passing grade and satisfactorily address the revisions for the degree to be awarded.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    Not applicable.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.