Research Thesis Manual for Masters Coursework Students

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MASTERS BY COURSEWORK

THESIS MANUAL

2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS

AN ORIENTATION TO RESEARCH2
Key Information Sources2
Web pages2
Noticeboards2
Facilities and services2
Academic and social support4
MAPPING THE RESEARCH THESIS5
Characteristics of the Masters Coursework thesis5
ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS6
Thesis Enrolment6
Enrolment Procedure6
Finding a supervisor6
Thesis Duration6
Thesis Extensions6
Intermission to thesis enrolment7
Changing your supervision arrangements7
INFORMATION TO HELP YOU DO YOUR THESIS8
What Constitutes a Research Thesis?8
Master of Education Thesis Guidelines8
Scope of Master of Education Thesis8
Ethical Approval9
Plagiarism, cheating and collusion9
References & Guides10
Expectations of a thesis supervisor10
Expectations of the student10
Preparation of the thesis10
Presentation and Structure of the Thesis11
Functions of the components of the thesis12
Writing the thesis14
THESIS SUBMISSION AND EXAMINATION16
Thesis submission16
Examination of thesis16
Graduation17
APPENDICES18

AN ORIENTATION TO RESEARCH

You may feel as apprehensive as you do excited about a research thesis as part of your coursework degree however it is certainly the intention of the staff of the faculty to support you in all aspects of your studies. Nevertheless, at the outset you may not feel supported by anyone other than your supervisor. It is very important to be aware of the wide range of material, social, academic and administrative support available to you on your request. This manual is designed to provide you with information about sources of support and about other things you need to know to complete your research thesis. Key Information Sources

STAFF
Minor Thesis Administrative Officer (S)
Mr Mark Bartholomeusz
Ground Floor, Student Services Office
Phone: 9905 2888 (2)
email: edu.enrolled@monash.edu

Team Leader, Admissions and Student Services
Ms Anita Chou
Ground Floor, Student Services Office
Phone: 9905 2803
email: Anita.Chou@monash.edu

Administrative Officer Postgraduate Psychology Programs
Ms Eileen Scott Stokes
Room: G05 (Krongold Center),
Phone: 9905 2877
email: eileen.scottstokes@monash.edu

International Students Support Officer and writing support for all students Dr Raqib Chowdhury
Room 130,
phone: 9905 5396
email: Raqib.Chowdhury@monash.edu

Human Ethics Officer
Lyn Johannessen
Research Grants and Ethics Branch
Building 3d, Clayton campus
ph: 9905 2052, fax: 9905 3831
email: lyn.johannessen@adm.monash.edu

Monash Education Research Community
(MERC formerly ERCSS)
Please visit the website at
http://www.education.monash.edu.au/research/merc

OR

contact via email at
merc@education.monash.edu.au
Web pages
The following are some Web pages which will be useful for additional information:

Faculty of Education: http://www.education.monash.edu.au

Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA): http://mpa.monash.edu.au/

Research Grants and Ethics Branch: http://www.monash.edu.au/researchoffice/index.php

Noticeboards
You should also look for information about activities related to your research, or to the wider academic and social life of the Faculty by consulting the various noticeboards in the Education Building.

Information about research activities, seminars and conferences appears on the research degrees notice board on the ground floor.

Social and academic activities, and important information about research students and committees appear on the Research Students’ Noticeboard on the third floor (halfway down the right hand corridor). Notices and minutes of MERC meetings also appear here.

Information about specific areas of interest appears on boards on the other floors: ask your supervisor about the location of these boards.

Information about subject timetables appears on the board next to the Enquiry Office. Facilities and services
Many services and...
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