Research Project in Education PG (11395.1)
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|Academic Program Area - Education||Post Graduate Level|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Develop and undertake an empirical or theoretical research project in education;
2. Work independently on a chosen topic relevant to their professional practice with a view to contributing to new dimensions of knowledge; and
3. Communicate their research project professionally.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesMust have passed at least 12 credit points of Education units at G or PG Level, as well as permission from the Program Director.
CorequisitesStudents must be enrolled in or have already passed 11389 Research Methods in Education PG.
Equivalent units7667 Dissertation in TESOL/FLT PG and 4368 Education Research Project M1
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Readings are to be sourced individually by the students themselves as appropriate to their project. The supervisor will assist with this and recommend readings in the course of the semester.
In addition and depending on students' previous knowledge and research skills, the two following textbooks are strongly recommended. Students are advised to read and/or review those chapters in the books that are relevant to their needs:
- Paltridge, B. & Phakiti, A. (2015). Research methods in applied linguistics. London: Bloomsbury.
- Dörnyei, Z. (2007). Research methods in applied linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Another recommended text that guides novice research writers through the writing process and presentation of the project report is:
- Bitchener, J. (2010). Writing an applied linguistics thesis or dissertation. Houndsmill, UK: Palgrave.
These texts are available for (short) loan in the UC library. Required texts are also available from the UC supplier; The School Locker. Texts can be ordered using the link https://theschoollocker.com.au/universities/university-of-canberra or by visiting The School Locker Store situated inside the UCX Shop.
Additional resources will be made available on the unit Canvas site.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Approval of extenuating circumstances will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
All assessment items required to be submitted online must be submitted via the appropriate Canvas drop box. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item to the right submission section. Assignments must be submitted in a format accessible to the assessor(s), as stated on the relevant canvas site. If the unit convener and/or tutor are unable to access a submission, a standard late penalty of 5% of the total marks possible for the task may be applied per day until the assignment is made accessible.
Special assessment requirements
a. Students must complete every assessment item in order to pass the unit. An aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the unit.
b. If there is any doubt with regard to the requirements of any particular assignments or assessment procedure, the onus for clarifying the issue rests with the student who should contact the supervisor about the matter.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Moderation of assignments is used in the unit to ensure consistency and transparency in marking. Sample assignments reflecting the range of grades in each assignment will be moderated. All assignments that receive a fail grade will be reassessed by a colleague in the discipline.
Students are expected to devote twenty hours a week for the completion of this unit. The remaining hours can be allocated to unit related tasks based on students' preferences and needs. The following breakdown is suggested:
- Reading, preparing for and reviewing materials: approximately 100 hours;
- Meetings with supervisor and engagement on Canvas: approximately 30 hours;
- Background reading to the individual topic, data collection, research and assignment preparation: approximately 170 hours.
There are no regular classes in this unit. However, regular meetings with the student and supervisor will be negotiated. Lack of participation online or in face to face consultations may result in your inability to satisfactorily pass assessment tasks.
Required IT skills
Microsoft Word; Email; Internet; use of Canvas, uploading assignments and downloading articles; use of the library catalogue and research databases.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves research-led education. There are active researchers delivering this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.
Format requirements for all assignments:
Font: Times or Times New Roman
Spacing: 1.5 or double
Referencing style: APA (or Harvard) style
Please use page numbering.
Check your work carefully for spelling and grammatical errors.
Use standard margins.
Please submit a word file (not pdf).
References should be listed on a separate page and be attached to the end of your assignment (but before any appendices). Only references appearing in the assignment text should be listed in your list of references.