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EDR9000 Dissertation/Folio Part-time

Semester 2, 2011 Online Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Faculty of Education

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Examiner: Patrick Danaher
Moderator: Robyn Henderson


Pre-requisite: EDU8601 and EDU8602 and EDR8000 and EDR8001 and students must be enrolled in the following Program: DEDU


This course provides students with the opportunity to design, conduct and report a significant research project assessed by external examiners as warranting the award of the Doctor of Education qualification. It therefore requires students to demonstrate the capacity to integrate empirical, methodological and theoretical knowledge at an advanced level in ways that relate to and contribute to current professional knowledge and practices in contemporary educational settings.


Part-time candidates should enrol in this course for each semester of the dissertation/folio component of the Doctor of Education program. This will normally be for a total of eight semesters if two electives are included in the program pathway or for a total of nine semesters if no electives are included in the program pathway. While individual students might complete the elements of this component of the program iteratively rather than sequentially, it is expected that the following elements will normally be completed by students working in close consultation with their supervisors: For students completing the DISSERTATION - Writing and presenting a confirmation proposal; If appropriate, conducting a pilot or small-scale study; Collecting and analysing data; Writing successive versions of the chapters constituting the dissertation; For students completing the FOLIO - Writing and presenting a confirmation proposal; Conducting and writing a formal research report; Writing an analytical thematic statement; Completing one or two other components as required for the folio.

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
  • American Psychological Association 2001, Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edn, Author, Washington, DC.
  • Anderson, J & Poole, M 2001, Thesis and assignment writing, 4th edn, Wiley, Milton, Qld.
  • Anderson, T & Kanuka, H 2003, e-Research: methods, strategies and issues, Allyn & Bacon, Boston, MA.
  • Delamont, S, Atkinson, P & Parry, O 2000, The doctoral experience: success and failure in graduate school, Falmer Press, London.
  • Denholm, C & Evans, TD (eds) 2006, Doctorates down under: keys to successful doctoral study in Australia and New Zealand, Australian Council for Educational Research Press, Camberwell, Vic.
  • Roberts, CM 2004, The dissertation journey: a practical and comprehensive guide to planning, writing, and defending your dissertation, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information // The gateway to education resources is here ... //

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Project Work 330.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
DISSERTATION/FOLIO 1 100 28 Oct 2011 (see note 1)

  1. A value of (1) indicates you have passed the components of the course, a mark of zero (0) indicates that you have not passed the components of the course. Assessment due dates will be negotiated individually between the student and her/his supervisors.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain 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 final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no assignment resubmission offered. 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.