Science and Mathematics Education Project A - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Planning Assessment - Summary research plan (30%) , Proposal - Full research proposal (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Master of Science (Science and Mathematics Education).

This is the first of two practical research project units, designed for both experienced and inexperienced researchers, which in combination enable you to develop an educational research proposal on a topic of relevance to you, implement the proposal and prepare a formal research report. By completing these two units you will develop the skills necessary to develop a research problem and questions related directly to your professional practice. You will work closely with a supervisor to develop a scholarly theoretical perspective for investigating problems, design a research methodology, emphasising quality standards appropriate to your chosen epistemology, develop ethical protocols for ensuring that the study minimises harm to all participants and write a formal research proposal.

If you are keen to innovate in your current workplace these two units will provide a research toolkit of skills for conducting independent research for your own ongoing professional development.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse an issue related to your professional practice and develop research questions; outline the potential significance of the study and develop a provisional title
  2. design a summary research methodology, supported by a brief review of literature
  3. design a summary theoretical perspective on the topic of the study, supported by a brief review of literature
  4. design an ethical protocol related to the methodology of the study, supported by a brief review of literature
  5. prepare a scholarly research proposal in accordance with appropriate formatting conventions and APA referencing standards.
  • Planning Assessment — Summary research plan (30%)
  • Proposal — Full research proposal (40%)
  • Research Assignment — Summary research methodology (30%)

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Education research paradigms
2Research problem definition
3Research objectives & research questions
4Theoretical perspective
5Research methodology
6Ethics: ethical standards appropriate to your research study
7Data storage & security
8Facilities & resources required for conducting a study
9References: APA style
10Proposal preparation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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