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MSD Minor Thesis Part 1 (ABPL90396)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90396
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This individual study based subject is a capstone option for the completion of the Master of Urban Planning. Students will be supervised by an academic throughout the research process. Discussions with a supervisor allow the student to obtain advice and guidance for completion of an independent study.

The thesis requires two consecutive semesters of enrolment:

  • The focus of the first semester is developing a research question, undertaking a literature review related to that question and proposing methods to answer the research question (which may require ethics clearance).
  • The second semester concentrates on the middle to final stages of research from the implementation of a research plan, to effectively interpreting and presenting results.

The MSD Minor Thesis requires two consecutive semesters of enrolment. Students can commence the Minor Thesis ( ABPL90396 MSD Minor Thesis Part 1) in either Semester 1 or 2 and must continue (ABPL90397 MSD Minor Thesis part 2) in the following semester. Upon successful completion of the MSD Minor Thesis, students will receive 25 points credit.

Further information on thesis supervisor availability and selection process is at http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/mup-capstone-options

Intended learning outcomes

  • Identify an appropriate research topic;
  • Critically analyse literature;
  • Develop appropriate research questions / hypotheses;
  • Plan and implement key aspects of a successful research program;
  • Select and implement appropriate research methods;
  • Appropriately and efficiently analyse research undertaken;
  • Draw meaningful and robust conclusions from the research process implemented; and
  • Implement high level oral, written and visual presentation skills.


Generic skills

  • To have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
  • Reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem solving and communication;
  • Be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self directed learning.

Last updated: 16 June 2018