Research topics for prospective PhD or Masters candidates in the SHEER Centre. If you are interested in writing a research proposal on any of these topics, please contact the supervisor indicated.
Tutoring in STEM courses
This study will examine the role of tutors in Australia STEM undergraduate education in facilitating student learning. The study will benchmark Australian performance against international institutions. STEM disciplines are closely linked to national productivity and growth via their role in design and production of manufactured goods, infrastructure and construction that promotes innovation. In an increasingly complex world, STEM graduates must combine their skills in science and mathematics with critical transferable skills and apply them to a global work environment. This study will examine how different models of tutoring facilitate STEM undergraduate learning. How do different models of tutorial teaching facilitate developing student knowledge as well as the confidence and ability to transfer that knowledge to new contexts?
Preparing engineering graduates for the global labour market
This study will examine the role of universities in Australia in preparing engineering students for the global labour market. The study will benchmark Australian performance against international institutions. Engineering is closely linked to national productivity and growth via its role in design and production of manufactured goods, infrastructure and construction that promotes innovation, such as advancing medical technology, devising solutions to climate change and developing infrastructure to support a growing population. In an increasingly complex world, engineers must combine skills in science and mathematics with critical transferable skills and apply them to a global work environment. This study will examine how employers and universities in a variety of national contexts are responding to the growing demand for "global" engineering graduates through the lens of employability skills. Critical skills for success in the global workplace include communication, inter-cultural and critical thinking skills.
Providing curriculum for accountability
Accountability underpins effective contemporary professional practice across a broad range of professions — law, medicine, allied health, nursing and engineering. It is therefore critically important that higher education institutions ensure that students are able to demonstrate accountability prior to transitioning to the workplace.
The aim of the project is to provide empirical evidence to inform a range of curriculum practices such as setting outcomes and developing teaching approaches and assessments around students’ internalisation of accountability.
Contact: Professor Ieva Stupans, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences