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AAE900 - Research Framing and Development


2022 unit information

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Last updated: 4 March 2022

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Online
Trimester 2: Online
Trimester 3: Online
EFTSL value:0.000
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Rea Dennis
Trimester 2: Rea Dennis
Trimester 3: Rea Dennis
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course A900, A800, E900 or E850





Incompatible with:


Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3-hours per week to engage with online unit material and participate in scheduled weekly online discussions

Regular meetings and discussions with PhD Supervisors


This research unit is intended to support and extend PhD supervision by acting as a guide that will provide provocations and stimulus material for candidates to discuss with their supervisors and with the HDR candidate cohort and coordinators. The unit has been designed to provide opportunities for candidates to begin their research journey with greater clarity, precision and an articulated awareness of discipline-specific approaches and styles.

The unit material is aimed at developing: an understanding of the contribution HDR research makes to knowledge; a critical analysis of relevant thesis literature; the candidates’ research position within their field; and finally, an articulation of candidates’ theoretical and conceptual frameworks within their knowledge field, and how these frameworks are reflected in the adaptation and implementation of selected research methodologies and analysis processes.

Overall, the aim is to further develop candidates’ abilities to construct and apply discipline knowledge and research skills that demonstrate autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an apprentice expert scholar/practitioner.

The unit’s single item of summative assessment culminates in colloquia, where the candidate’s research progress (written and oral) will be examined and evaluated by an academic panel in order to confirm candidature.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Identify and develop a rationale for their research project's contribution to the discipline field(s) and its substantial contribution to knowledge

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities



Critically analyse and synthesise relevant literature to inform research-framing document

GLO4: Critical thinking


Articulate (in writing and orally) the research's theoretical and conceptual frameworks and how these influenced their research framing document (including chosen methodology and analytical processes)

GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically engage in research framing discussions with their peer research cohort, other researchers and supervisors in order to provide evidence of research skills, discipline knowledge, and seeking and enacting research advice

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Demonstrate knowledge of being an ethical and globally-aware researcher and how this is being enacted in their present research practices

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - A conventional thesis:
6000-word research framing document to be assessed. 
6000 words   Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - In order for the panel of examiners to effectively determine the candidate’s research skills development, discipline knowledge and the underpinning and theoretical and conceptual framing of the research an appendix
(approximately 9000-words) will need to accompany the research framing document.
  • Appendix 1 - Literature review highlighting the theoretical framing
  • Appendix 2 - Conceptual framing highlighting methodology choices and analysis process to be undertaken
9000 words   Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - A research thesis in the Creative Arts accompanied by an exegesis: 6000-word research framing document.  6000 words   Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link AAE900
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.