Courses & Units

Foundations of Educational Research ESM708



This unit provides an introduction to research approaches and techniques relevant to undertaking research projects in education. The unit is designed to engage students at a sufficient breadth and depth to enable them to (a) identify a researchable issue, topic or question, (b) identify and plan a research approach appropriate for a project, (c) conceptualise and construct a human ethics application and (c) argue a coherent methodology.


Unit name Foundations of Educational Research
Unit code ESM708
Credit points 25
Faculty/School Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Teaching staff

Assoc. Prof. Rosemary Callingham, Assoc. Prof. Kim Beswick, Dr Jeanne Allen

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 23/2/2015 23/3/2015 13/4/2015 29/5/2015
Semester 2 13/7/2015 10/8/2015 31/8/2015 16/10/2015
Spring school (extended) 31/10/2015 23/11/2015 22/12/2015 13/2/2016

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2015 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2015 will be available from the 1st October 2015.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2015: $1,538.00 2015: $3,624.00 070303

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  • ESP318


Teaching Pattern

(Internal): Flexible Delivery including workshops, Summer School,3 days on campus in January. (External) Online: fully online with weekly readings and activities.


Written Assignment 4000 words (40%), Research Proposal, 6000 words (60%)

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