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
School of Education
Discipline School of Education

Dr David Kember

Teaching staff

Dr David Kember

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic 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 2 11/7/2016 10/8/2016 29/8/2016 14/10/2016
Spring school (extended) 31/10/2016 23/11/2016 22/12/2016 13/2/2017

* 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 2016 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2016 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2016: $1,564.00 2016: $3,714.00 070303

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Teaching Pattern

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


Task 1: Research question (10%). Task 2: Research proposal (30%). Task 3: Introduction and Literature Review chapters (60%)

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