This unit provides you with the opportunity to identify research possibilities, develop organisational research skills and critically investigate relevant literature. Learn how to write academically, establish a bibliographic database, access information sources, manage a literature review and structure an argument through a literature review.

In this unit, you will cover:

  • Introduction to role of research, the methods and approaches in education
  • Qualitative research methods in education (optional module)
  • Quantitative research methods (optional module)
  • Preparing a research proposal and ethics application.

Learning outcomes

  • One essential outcome of this unit is a critical review of the literature in an agreed area, leading to the identification of research possibilities
  • Explain the role, function and potential impact of different types of research in educational contexts
  • Demonstrate the relationship between epistemology, theory, methodology and methods in educational research
  • Identify and justify the most appropriate research approach and form of data analysis to address an identified educational problem, issue or knowledge need
  • Identify and address ethical issues related to research in an educational context.


You are assessed according to the following three components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Discussion board (due Week 2): 10%
  • Reflective writing (due Week 4): 40%
  • Research proposal (due Week 6): 50%.


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Education.


Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your Southern Cross University Online student advisor on 1300 589 882 for more information based on your particular circumstances.