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EDU8602 Advanced Studies in Specialisation

Semester 3, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Anne Jasman
Moderator: Robyn Henderson


This course will provide an opportunity for doctoral candidates to pursue their research interests in the area that will form the foundation of their EdD proposal and Dissertation/Folio. The specialisation chosen by students will enable them to investigate an area of study that will provide an opportunity to establish a comprehensive literature review related to their professional interests and needs.


Students will pursue an in depth study within their specialisation area. It will involve an extensive investigation of the literature relevant to the particular focus of the individual's major study area. This will lead to the submission of a critical literature review paper and that will form the basis of a proposed paper for presentation at a conference. NOTES: 1. This course (EDU8602) is available through INTERNET DELIVERY ONLY. There are NO print materials for this course. 2. For details of the technical requirements and accessing Internet study materials, please consult the following URL:


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. locate and identify published research-based material relevant to the area of specialisation (Annotated Bibliography)
  2. articulate a research problem appropriate for investigation through a review of research-based published material in their area of specialisation (Annotated Bibliography)
  3. record and present bibliographic details and summaries of research-based published material in the area of specialisation as an annotated bibliography (Annotated Bibliography)
  4. prepare a paper, reviewing published material, which addresses the research problem (Paper)
  5. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (Annotated Bibliography/ Paper)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Annotated Bibliography 40.00
2. Paper 60.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There is no prescribed text 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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 130.00
Independent Study 200.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PAPER 60 60 08 Feb 2013

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 an individual assessment item satisfactorily, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit required assignments late without the approval of the Examiner, they may receive a Fail grade for the course.

  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:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade as in Important Assessment Information Note 4 (above) will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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 have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. Students are to use a recognised referencing system as specified by the Course Examiner.