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RSCH20003 Research Portfolio
Research Portfolio
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General Information


PROGRAM STRUCTURE The Graduate Certificate in Research consists of a single unit which is flexible, and can be taken in either full-time or part-time mode. This means the structure of the course relies on study time and overall progress towards portfolio activities, rather than credit point accrual. The single unit includes a range of compulsory and elective topics for you to study.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 24
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.5

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2023

No offerings for RSCH20003

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 24-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 50 hours of study per week, making a total of 600 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit coordinator


Assessment wording and marking criteria sheets will be updated now that the modules have been completed and student understanding of requirements have been tested as authentic tasks.


Continual review of course materials, assessment wording and marking criteria to reflect student understanding and task requirement.

Feedback from Student


I was able to mould the course to my research interests


The unit coordinator will continue to structure group meetings with the discipline supervisor and the student to ensure the Individualised Learning Plan represents the student's research interest area and skill development

Feedback from Student


I had a great team behind me, the unit coordinator plus my academic discipline supervisor, without their advice my research topic would not have been so well developed


Teaching team will continue to liaise with academic supervisors and student to develop the Individualized Learning Plan via group meeting process.

Feedback from Unit coordinator


Some students require different teaching and learning approaches to develop clear understanding of concepts and to see relevancy of theoretical concepts to practical applications


Explore a range of discussions and examples to tease out explanations and encourage students to reflect on past experiences to attempt to attach relevant meaning and reduce the theory/practice divide.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Conduct research ethically and according to the ideals that underpin the Australian research context, illustrating a high level of autonomy and accountability.
  2. Evaluate, assess and articulate contemporary research, research methodologies and research concepts.
  3. Formulate defensible research questions relevant to a specific discipline and design an approach to investigate research questions.
  4. Analyse and interpret results from a research project.
  5. Present research and communicate specialised knowledge coherently and creatively.


Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Test - 30%
2 - Portfolio - 70%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Test - 30%
2 - Portfolio - 70%
Textbooks and Resources


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