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EXR491 - Designing and Developing a Research Project

Unit details

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Enrolment modes:


Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in E421 or E430 course.

Unit chair:B Yim


Incompatible with:

EXR490, EXR790

Contact hours:

Equivalent of 3 hours per week


Progression into EXR498 is subject to the student achieving a minimum of 70% in this unit.


This unit is develops students’ understanding of the tasks and key decisions involved in sound research design. It is the second in a two unit sequence which will prepare students to undertake the minor thesis (EXR498/EXR499) component of their Honours course.


Education Research Proposal builds on students’ understanding of research to develop a detailed and well-argued research proposal. If necessary, students will also be expected to apply for ethics approval to conduct the research. Students work with supervisors to refine and analyse their research question and construct an individual study program to support the development of their proposal. The study program will draw from a range of library-based modules on the major components of a research project including:

  • the literature review
  • research methodology and theoretical framework
  • research methods
  • research integrity and ethics


The individual study program will allow students to develop a research proposal informed by current education research theory and practice to address their research question.


Literature review 40% (1600 words)

Research proposal 60% (2400 words)

Prescribed texts

Bell, J. (2010). Doing your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers in Education, Health and Social Science (5th ed.). New York: Open University Press.

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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