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EXR791 - Designing and Developing a Research Project

Unit details

Note: You are seeing the 2013 view of this unit information. These details may no longer be current.
Offering information:

* Not offered on-campus at Melbourne Burwood Campus in 2013.

Enrolment modes:

(B*, X)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:S Rawolle
Campus contact:

A Gallant (B, X)


Completion of Research Methodology (EXR780 or EXR781) with a grade of 70% or higher. Exceptions to this prerequisite must be approved by the Unit Chair.

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Equivalent to 3 hours per week


Progression into EXR796 or EXR798 is subject to the student achieving a minimum of 70% in this unit.


This unit further develops students’ understanding of the tasks and key decisions involved in sound research design and writing. It is the second in a two-unit sequence which will prepare students to undertake the research paper (EXR796/EXR797) or minor thesis (EXR798/EXR799) component of their Master’s course.


EXR791 builds on students’ understanding of research to develop their own detailed and well-argued research proposal and to provide critical feedback on peers’ proposals. If necessary, students will also apply for ethics approval to conduct the research. Students work with a supervisor to refine their conceptualisation of the research project and to present a well developed summary of their project proposal for review. Students will then be required to take account of the feedback in their final written submission for assessment.


The study program will draw from a range of library-based modules on the major components of a research project including how to write:

  • a critical literature review
  • research methodology and theoretical framework
  • analytical processes
  • research ethics application

The individual study program will allow students to develop a research project informed by current education research theory and practice to address their research question. The online interactions with peers will develop knowledge of how to give and get critical feedback for redrafting and improving the research project.


Task One, 20%, Online discussion and feedback or peer research proposal

Task Two, 30%, Presentation of research proposal to panel for review, including ethics discussion

Task Three, 50%, Developed and Design Research Project

Prescribed texts

Somekh& Lewin (2011) Theory and methods in social research (2nd Ed) Sage Recommended Text: Millan & Schumacher, Research in Education - Guidance Based Inquiry.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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