EEB415 Dissertation Proposal and Literature Review (8)

In this subject students articulate a researchable question and design an empirical research study to investigate it. Students write a research proposal for the dissertation, write an accompanying application for ethics in human research approval, and undertake a survey of the relevent and related research literature.

Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
School of Teacher Education
Enrolment restrictions
Entry into the Bachelor of Education (Primary)(Honours), Graduate Certificate in Educational Research or as determined by the Course Coordinator.
Assumed Knowledge
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • conceptualise, write and defend a dissertation proposal in both oral and written form appropriate for an honours level;
  • plan and write a literature review for an honours dissertation;
  • develop an understanding of the function and types of literature reviews;
  • demonstrate skills as a critical consumer of educational research and syntheise this material;
  • clearly articulate, in both the proposal and ethics application, the questions that give rise to the study and the issues that arise from its design and conduct.
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Choosing a research area.
  • Specifying researchable focus questions/problems.
  • Choosing appropriate research design and methodology, data collection methods and data analysis methods.
  • Understanding and applying ethical guidelines.
  • The purposes and types of literature reviews.
  • Conducting a search of the literature.
  • Synthesising the literature.
  • Critiquing the literature.
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.