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EDR8801 Foundations of Research in Education

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Foundations Res Educ
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 099999 - Society and Culture not elsewh
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Yvonne Findlay


Pre-requisite: EDR8802


It is important for Education practitioners to have a sound understanding of the foundations of research in Education in order to design a brief for a research study to be implemented in the future.


This course introduces learners to the nature and purpose of the literature review in educational research. They will: explore theoretical and conceptual frameworks related to their research project; develop an understanding of critical literacy skills; develop research questions as a response to the findings in literature review; and, develop skills in academic writing.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. critically analyse theoretical understandings of education research (Assignments 1 and 2);
  2. critically analyse published literature related to research topics (Assignments 1 and 2);
  3. synthesise literature to produce a logical and well-supported literature review (Assignment 3);
  4. design a research question or questions based on a critical analysis of published academic and professional literature (Assignment 1);
  5. create a theoretical and a conceptual framework for a research project (Assignment 2);
  6. use appropriate academic language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and referencing (Assignments 1 and 2).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Theoretical underpinnings of research in education 20.00
2. Theoretical and Conceptual frameworks 20.00
3. Developing a methodological and conceptual framework related to a specific research topic 20.00
4. Critical analysis of published academic literature 20.00
5. Writing a literature review and develop a research question or questions 20.00

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 15 15 27 Mar 2020
ASSIGNMENT 2 45 45 30 Apr 2020
ASSIGNMENT 3 40 40 04 Jun 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no on-campus attendance requirements for this course. There is, however, an expectation that students will participate in online tutorial sessions and / or access the recordings of the sessions. 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 satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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 weighted 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 is no examination 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 at

Other requirements

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

Date printed 19 June 2020