Course Title: Educational Research and Inquiry Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Educational Research and Inquiry Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Patricia McLaughlin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9805

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.13

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will conduct and report on a research or professional inquiry project in the field of education. You will focus on your role as a qualifying teacher active in scholarship and knowledge production about learning, teaching, and educational policy. You will engage in a capstone project and research, evaluate, and develop an identified topic, issue or context with an emphasis on the application of theory to practice in educational settings. You will develop your expertise as an informed, critical practitioner with responsibilities to the learners you teach, to your colleagues, the community, and the profession.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate research methodologies, techniques and ethical principles to a topic, issue or context in education
  • Analyse, evaluate and conclude findings from a research/inquiry project
  • Report on a research/inquiry for a professional audience
  • Make recommendations from a research/ inquiry project in the field of education

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Professionally communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences, as producers and consumers of knowledge, about philosophical and pedagogical propositions, processes and outcomes 
  • Use appropriate research methods to design and implement substantial projects, then evaluate and theorize these outcomes as a means to position this contribution to the profession and knowledge area
  • Engage with complex bodies of knowledge and multiple professional skills in order to contribute to your professional identity and career within contemporary contexts

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

The overall purpose of learning activities is to help apply your skills and understandings of different research approaches and their theoretical underpinnings.

Activities will increase your skills in conducting and reporting research inquiry using appropriate methods and methodologies. The course will link as much as possible to your professional interests as a teacher.

Learning activities in this course will involve:

  • Implementing a research/ inquiry
  • Applying appropriate research methodologies, techniques and ethical principles
  • Analysing research data
  • Critically assessing findings from a research/inquiry project
  • Concluding a research/ inquiry project
  • Reporting findings to a professional audience
  • Preparing recommendations from a research/inquiry project

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your tutor, including: books, journal articles and web resources. You are expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include research, reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment covers both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1