EDED20518 - Capstone Project in Educational Leadership

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will build on design and development work completed in earlier units to investigate a policy or practice issue in educational leadership relevant to your professional context. This will culminate in a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship that draws on your advanced theoretical knowledge, skills and practice. You are required to identify appropriate research questions to frame the study. You will liaise with a supervisor to develop and implement your project. Your research findings should be presented as a research report or a conference paper, journal article or artefact such as a professional learning resource. Discussion about your research findings should indicate ways in which the research might inform policy and practice in your context or educational jurisdiction. To enrol in this capstone unit, you must have completed units worth 24 Credit Points including EDED20497 Orientation to Educational Leadership, EDED20500 Engaging with Educational Research, and EDED20289 The Research Process for Educators or equivalent.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


EDED20497 Orientation to Educational Leadership

EDED20500 Engaging with Educational Research

EDED20289 The Research Process for Educators

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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2022 - Online

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 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Research Proposal 0%
2. Project (applied) 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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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Build on insights from professional practice and contemporary theory, research and policy to design and implement a workplace project that enhances organisational capacity and/or educational experiences for learners
  2. Employ appropriate methodologies and methods to design and implement a workplace project
  3. Report and discuss project findings with a focus on informing policy and/or practice in educational leadership.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Research Proposal
2 - Project (applied)
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 - Research Proposal
2 - Project (applied)