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EDR8061 Master of Education Project 2

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Master of Educ Proj 2
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070303 - Education Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Joan Conway


Pre-requisite: EDR8801 and EDR8802

Other requisites

This course is a two-unit final capstone research course which is recommended for the final semester of study. Students wishing to enrol in EDR8061 must have successfully completed EDR8801 Foundations of Research in Education and EDR8802 Educational Evaluation.


An important outcome of study at the Masters level is that learners should be able to plan and execute independent projects which consolidate, build upon and apply the capabilities developed through their program of study. A project undertaken at, or towards, the end of the program is a suitable instrument for demonstrating these capabilities. A student must have at least successfully completed four specialisation courses, plus EDR8801 and EDR8802 before enrolling into this course. This course enables students to synthesise the knowledge and skills developed in earlier courses of their program, into an approved professional project focused on a key aspect of their areas of interest/specialisations.


Learners will, with guidance from a member of Faculty staff, plan and execute an independent project which is clearly related to their overall program of study. This two-unit project is intended to meet the needs of learners who wish to include a research or evaluation component in their Masters program by providing a venue in which a research or evaluation project can be undertaken to apply and/or extend knowledge developed in their program of study. The project should lead to the preparation of a substantial written report or journal article presented at an appropriately scholarly standard. Project reports must reflect mastery of the content of current literature and of knowledge and skills developed by the learner in his/her prior program. This course will operate on the basis of frequent individual consultation and feedback between the student and the staff member nominated as the project supervisor. Before enrolling in the course, the student should have discussed the proposed project with the course examiner and Specialisation Coordinator, and where possible with the Faculty member who would act as supervisor, PRIOR to submitting their project proposal for this course. Successful completion of this course may lead to enrolment into the DEDU or PHD. Students need to meet the requirements of these programs.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. plan an in-depth, independent academic investigation, project or other such scholarly activity focused on a research question, issue or topic of significance to the student's field of study in his/her Masters program(Project Proposal and Project Report);
  2. analyse, synthesize and evaluate primary and secondary research and data as part of their research project (Project Proposal and Project Report);
  3. report the outcomes of that investigation in the form of a formal report, which reflects appropriate academic standards of scholarship and presentation (Project Report);
  4. communicate effectively in written language and scholarly writing appropriate to postgraduate level, including correct spelling, grammar and bibliographic referencing (Project Proposal and Project Report);
  5. design and conduct ethical research responsive to educational theories, methods, practices and contexts (Project Proposal and Project Report).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Rationale and scope of research project, title and research questions, writing a proposal 10.00
2. Proposing appropriate research methodology 10.00
3. Writing your literature review 15.00
4. Data collection and analyses, obtaining ethical clearance (if appropriate) 40.00
5. Writing your final research report or journal article 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Kervin, L, Vialle, W, Howard, S, Herrington, J & Okely, T 2016, Research for educators, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning Australia, Melbourne, Victoria.
O'Dwyer, L. M., & Benrnauer, J. A 2014, Quantitative Research for the Qualitative Researcher, SAGE Publications Inc, Los Angeles, CA.
Punch, K. F., & Oancea, A 2014, Introduction to Research Methods in Education, 2nd edn, SAGE Publications Ltd, London, UK.
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Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 160.00
Independent Study 170.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT PROPOSAL 15 15 25 Mar 2020
PROJECT REPORT 85 85 27 May 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the student's responsibility to communicate regularly with the nominated supervisor at agreed intervals, to complete all tasks agreed as required for satisfactory completion of the study and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must achieve at least 50% in total. Students must not submit an assignment or any part of an assignment that has been submitted previously in another course. If using a small section, do not self-plagiarise, identify yourself as the author and follow the standard APA referencing system.

  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:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The course examiner is responsible for the awarding of the final grade for this course. Final project reports/papers developed for EDR8061 will not be examined by the student's supervisor. The paper will be assessed by an independent assessor nominated by the course examiner. Where the course examiner has any doubts about the appropriateness of the grade recommended by the independent assessor, and these doubts cannot be resolved through negotiation with the supervisor, the project will be assessed by a second assessor nominated by the course examiner in consultation with the supervisor. The course examiner will then decide the grade, taking into account both assessments.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no formal examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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. Where possible, students should have discussed the proposed project with the Faculty member who would act as supervisor, PRIOR to submitting their project proposal for this course.

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

  3. Students will require reliable, ongoing access to email and to the internet to be able to complete the requirements of this course.

  4. Students enrolling in ONLINE courses MUST have ongoing convenient and reliable access to the Internet in order to access course materials and participate in activities that will affect assessment. The levels of equipment required may change from time to time, with the most recent specification listed at

Date printed 19 June 2020