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MON3500: Research, experimentation and discovery

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Research, experimentation and discovery

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Research, Experimentation and Discovery (RED) is an immersive educational experience that invites students to bring diverse disciplinary expertise and perspectives to bear on the challenge of how research is implemented into practice. In RED, you will explore and investigate the cutting edge 'live' research happening throughout Monash: from responding to the impacts of climate change, preserving geopolitical security and fostering thriving communities. In RED, we invite you to step into these real-world research narratives where you will be tasked to investigate how an interdisciplinary research project can make a difference in and for the world. Across an intensive experience based in a range of on and off campus collaboration spaces, you will be asked to respond to a project in collaboration with a Monash research partner and develop a strategy to translate this research into practice, creating change and impact in the world. In doing so, RED aspires to help you as an emerging professional - no matter your degree or background - to create impact, and lead global, generational change.


1 - Assessment Task 1: Critical analysis and reflection (Recorded video reflections submitted to Moodle) - 30% 2 - Assessment Task 2: Research Impact Strategy (Class presentation & submission of presentation slides) - 40% 3 - Assessment Task 3: Interdisciplinary Research Report (5-6 pages plus unlimited appendices) - 30%


144 hours, made up of intensive workshops, group work and personal learning. Off campus attendance requirements: Attend 3-4 days a week on-campus for the intensive period, for in-person workshops and seminars.

Global challenges

Our Strategic Plan, Impact 2030, charts the path for how Monash will actively respond to climate change, preserving geopolitical security and fostering thriving communities over the next decade. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following Global Challenges:

Climate Change

Sustainable development goals

Adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

1. No Poverty 2. Zero Hunger 3. Good Health and Well-Being 4. Quality Education 5. Gender Equality 6. Clean Water and Sanitation 7. Affordable and Clean Energy 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 10. Reduced Inequalities 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 12. Responsible Consumption and Production 13. Climate Action 14. Life Below Water 15. Life on Land 16. Peace Justice and Strong Institutions