EDED20289 - The Research Process for Educators

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is for students enrolled in postgraduate courses and particularly the Master of Educational Leadership. It is a prerequisite unit to provide essential background for students undertaking research projects or theses/dissertations in education. Research methodologies and some research designs can cross the "boundaries" of different research frameworks or paradigms. The intention of the unit is to alert students to the differing strengths and weaknesses of various research designs and methodologies. Another important thrust of this unit is to convey some of the ethical-political issues that arise in doing research in educational contexts.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


Completion of 18 Credit Points

EDED20497 Orientation to Educational Leadership

EDED20500 Engaging with Educational Research

Completion of one additional 6 Credit Point unit from the Graduate Certificate or Master of Educational Studies

Or equivalent studies

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).

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Higher Education Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

There are no Higher Education availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022
Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 0%
2. Research Assignment 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Textbook is suitable
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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Examine the key features of a research process
  2. Explore selected phases in the research process
  3. Critically appraise research approaches typically used in educational research.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Research Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Research Assignment