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Unit Overview


In this unit students will draw on a critique and analysis of the literature to compose research question/s that address a gap in knowledge in relation to their chosen topic. Students will justify their topic and research question/s based on evidence in contemporary literature. Premised on a theoretical framework that informs the research, an appropriate research methodology for addressing research question/s applicable to the research problem will be proposed. With guidance from Doctoral supervisors, students will write a research proposal that conforms to University doctoral requirements. Students will incorporate relevant ethical behaviour and protocols in relation to conducting research in the proposal.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) formulate and justify research questions based on emerging gaps in the literature; (2) interpret and provide a rationale for the theoretical framework underpinning the study and appropriate methodology for executing the research; (3) communicate and justify the purpose of and need for the research and its impact on professional practice; and (4) compose a research proposal incorporating relevant components and academic protocols.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) proposal rationale; (2) proposal research design; and (3) research proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Vaille Dawson
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Doctor of Education (30810)
Advisable prior study
a master's degree, preferably in education, with evidence of research ability
Contact hours
25 hours of face-to-face classes, in addition to sessions with supervisors and independent work

Individual lecturers will supply an appropriate list of texts.

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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.