Course Title: Masters Degree Thesis A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Degree Thesis A

Credit Points: 48

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Heather Fehring

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7840

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A 3 or 4 year first degree
The co-requisite requirement is that a research methods course must be undertaken in the first semester of the MED program.

Course Description

The degree of Master of Education MR018 , by thesis or by project, is awarded for a thesis or project based on original research that contributes to knowledge in the broad area investigated.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

MEd by Thesis Capabilities
Problem Solving
Written communication
Critical analysis
Project Management
Independent learning
Reflecting on learning
IT and Online technology awareness and skills

MEd (Project) Capabilities
Effective communication
Critical thinking
Sound research management
Independent thinking
Reflecting on learning
Awareness of and skills in appropriate technology

Refer to RMIT Policy and Procedures for Higher Degrees by Research

Overview of Learning Activities

A MEd involves self directed learning towards the production of a research investigation. MEd candidates are expected to be involved in collegiate coaching with the Senior Supervisor, to attend seminars and workshops scheduled by the Research Office in the School of Education and to attend and present at the biannual Research Student Conferences each year.

Overview of Learning Resources

The RMIT library at Bundoora and the city provides a wide variety of academic books, journals and data bases relevant to the MEd program
The Education liaison librarian is Dr. Gary Pearce who provides an invaluable consultancy service to MEd students and supervisors.

The School provides Endnote CDs for person al use in relation to the MEd Bibliographic maintenance.

The University provides and Information Technology Services (ITS) to students. These services include resource centres for on-campus personal computing, student email and internet access and software downloads.

Overview of Assessment

All MEd students are expected to attend both Research Student Conferences schedule around June/July and November each year. In addition, they are expected to deliver a presentation about their research study at one of the research student conferences each year

Students must submit Progress Reports to the School of Education Research Office in June and November reflecting on their progress to date and raising any concerns or needs they have in relation to the MEd studies.

Year 1 Undertaken chosen Research Methods course (preferred option is OTED2098)
Confirmation of Candidature to be undertaken at the Research Student Conference in June/July
Draft Literature review,
Redraft Research Methods Chapter
Commence collection of data

Year 2 Analysis of data
Revise Literature Review and Research Methods Chapter
Attend Research Student Conference in June/July