Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


In this unit pre-service teachers undertake a formal honours project. The project, either a dissertation or an advanced professional project, extends their knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy in their chosen Primary Specialisation. The dissertation project is for graduates seeking pathways into further research and study. The advanced professional project is an action research project that investigates and reports on a planned project in an educational setting. The objective of this unit is to develop pre-service teachers' understanding of the research process and to develop their capacity to conduct independent research. The outcomes align with Level 8 TEQSA criteria.

24 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2023

Students are able to (1) identify and critically evaluate research literature and other sources of information in their chosen Primary specialisation; (2) justify a pedagogical approach appropriate to their chosen Primary specialisation; (3) design and complete an original educational research project that draws on an appropriate conceptual and/or methodology and research tools and that meets ethical and scholarly standards; (4) report, analyse, synthesise and evaluate results and draw appropriate conclusions; and (5) convey and discuss complex ideas clearly, both orally and in writing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) part 1: A project proposal and literature review and (2) part 2: An original research project.. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the part 1: A project proposal and literature review component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
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  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.