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ED5095 - Research Dissertation

Credit points: 6
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Available to Master of Education and Graduate Certificate of Research Methods students

The purpose of this subject is to implement small-scale research project related to the discipline of Education and produce a 10,000 - 12,000 word dissertation under the guidance of one or more research advisors. The word count for the dissertation excludes references and reporting of qualitative data. The dissertation shall address appropriate literature; provide a rationale for the chosen methodology; describe methods for data collection and analysis; present data in an appropriate format; include an analysis and discussion of these data; and draw conclusions and implications from the research such as appropriate implications for theory, practice and further research. The dissertation will be examined by two, independent academic examiners. Successful completion of this subject may lead to higher degree by research study.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically evaluate and apply a body of knowledge relevant to a small-scale research topic in Education;
  • design a small scale research study and conduct that study in an ethical manner in line with University policy and procedures;
  • systematically analyse a unique data set in relation to a chosen method and methodology;
  • interpret, and transmit findings to a specialist audience;
  • critically locate their small-scale study within a wider educational context.

Subject Assessment

  • 10,000 to 12,000 word dissertation.
Prerequisites: ED5097 AND ED5098


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Lecturer: Dr Robyn Anderson.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study

Study Period 1, External
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Lecturer: Dr Subhashni Taylor.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 39 hours - Online engagement through Learn JCU platform.
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.