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EDR8061 Masters Project II

Semester 2, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Faculty of Education

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Examiner: Henriette van Rensburg
Moderator: Anne Jasman


Pre-requisite: EDR8000 and 4 units of completed Postgraduate Study and minimum GPA 5


An important outcome of study at the Masters level is that learners should be able to
plan and execute independent projects which consolidate and build upon and apply the
capabilities developed through their program of study. A 'capstone' project undertaken
at, or towards, the end of the program is a suitable instrument for demonstrating these
capabilities. This course enables students to synthesise the knowledge and skills
developed in earlier courses of their program, into an approved professional project
focused on a key aspect of their areas of interest/specialisations.


Learners will, with guidance from a member of Faculty staff, plan and execute an independent project which is clearly related to their overall program of study. This two-unit project is intended to meet the needs of learners who wish to include a research or evaluation component in their Masters program by providing a venue in which a research or evaluation project can be undertaken to apply and/or extend knowledge developed in their program of study. The project should lead to the preparation of a substantial written report presented at an appropriately scholarly standard. This report may be presented in the format of a research-based paper for publication in an approved academic or professional journal. Project reports must reflect mastery of the content of current literature and of knowledge and skills developed by the learner in his/her prior program. This course will operate on the basis of frequent individual consultation and feedback between the student and the staff member nominated as the study supervisor. Before enrolling in the course, the student should have discussed the proposed project with the course examiner and where possible with the Faculty member who would act as supervisor, PRIOR to submitting their project proposal for this course. NOTE: Before enrolling in the course, learners should have successfully completed a course in methods for research and/or evaluation or be able to demonstrate to the course examiner that they have otherwise acquired such knowledge and skills. Where possible, students should have discussed the proposed project with the Faculty member who would act as supervisor, PRIOR to submitting their project proposal for this course.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The
assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective
are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students will
be able to:

  1. demonstrate the ability to plan an in-depth, independent academic investigation,
    research/evaluation project or other such scholarly activity focused on a
    research question, issue or topic of significance to the student's field of study
    in his/her Masters program (Project Proposal)
  2. demonstrate the ability to implement, refine and monitor the implementation of
    that plan (Project Progress Report)
  3. demonstrate the ability to report the outcomes of that investigation in the form
    of either a formal report or paper for publication, which reflects appropriate
    academic standards of scholarship and presentation. (Project Report)
  4. demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing, including
    correct spelling, grammar and bibliographic referencing. (Project Report)


Description Weighting(%)
1. The topic of the project will be developed in collaboration with an
academic supervisor approved and appointed by the course examiner.

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Depending on the nature of the study to be completed students may be required to purchase reference material.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 40.00
Independent Study 290.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT PROPOSAL 15 15 26 Aug 2011
PROJECT REPORT 85 85 11 Nov 2011

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the
    student's responsibility to communicate regularly with the nominated supervisor
    at agreed intervals, to complete all tasks agreed as required for satisfactory
    completion of the study and to be informed of course-related activities and

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must achieve
    at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of
    the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for
    the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at
    which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted
    after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50%
    of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The course examiner is responsible for the awarding of the final grade for this
    course. Final project reports/papers developed for FET8661 will be examined
    initially by the student's supervisor. The supervisor will make a
    recommendation of a grade to the course examiner who will normally accept the
    recommended grade once all the requirements for the course are completed.
    Where the course examiner has any doubts about the appropriateness of the grade
    recommended by the supervisor, and these doubts cannot be resolved through
    negotiation with the supervisor, the project will be assessed by a second
    assessor nominated by the course examiner in consultation with the supervisor.
    The course examiner will then decide the grade, taking into account both

  6. Examination information:
    There is no formal examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should
    use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources
    they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ
    Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. Students will require reliable, ongoing access to email and to the internet to be able to complete the requirements of this course.

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    access to the Internet in order to access course materials and participate in
    activities that will affect assessment. The levels of equipment required may
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