Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit can be taken full-time or part-time. The thesis should demonstrate knowledge in a chosen area of study, the associated research methods and scholarly reporting. Normally the thesis of 25,000 to 30,000 words should provide evidence of a general knowledge of the area through a literature review and may make a contribution to the area of study. A research proposal must be submitted with the written consent of the supervisor to the Graduate School of Education Research Committee within three months of the satisfactory completion of the coursework component. Students enrolled in the unit must work directly and closely with their supervisors to develop their proposals.

54 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate advanced knowledge of subject matter and familiarity with current and key issues in a particular Educational area; (2) describe, interpret and synthesise conceptual, empirical and professional literature in Education and related areas; (3) demonstrate comprehension of the processes involved in conceptualising, designing and undertaking original educational research; (4) design, undertake and undertake original research; (5) convey and discuss complex ideas clearly, both orally and in writing; and (6) demonstrate awareness of the ways in which knowledge and research link to scholarly and professional issues and practices in local, national and international communities.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: thesis. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Grace Oakley
Unit rules
an average of at least 65 per cent in the coursework component of the degree and a minimum of 65 per cent in EDUC5631 Approaches to Research (formerly EDUC8631 Approaches to Research)
Contact hours
individually negotiated with the supervisor
research completed under supervision

Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (Fifth edition. ed.). SAGE Publications, Inc.

Punch, K. (2014). Introduction to social research : quantitative and qualitative approaches (Third edition. ed.). SAGE.

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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.