EDUC9972 Doctoral Research Project Design

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodSingaporeFace to face
This unit explores in more depth the methodological approaches appropriate to students' areas of study. In particular, it focuses on qualitative and quantitative methods. Attention is also given to philosophical, historical and comparative approaches to research, and to bringing perspectives from these approaches to bear even when the main approach is qualitative or quantitative.
Students are able to (1) select a substantive topic or phenomenon of personal/professional interest within the broad area of education; (2) clarify their research question; (3) identify the conceptual framework, theory or theories (if applicable) and hypotheses (if applicable); (4) identify guiding questions and data-gathering questions (if applicable); (5) outline in detail the methods appropriate to the study, the design (strategy), sample and sampling (if applicable); (6) outline the data collection and data analysis approaches; (7) detail the significance of the study; and (8) consider the limitations and delimitations of the study.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: an 8000-word paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christine Howitt and Professor Stephen Houghton
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
offered in compressed mode of 25 hours
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-A-2C-2020]

Individual lecturers will supply an appropriate list of texts.

  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.