A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Adelaide,
South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

PLP & Research Project

Personal Learning Plan and Research Project

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Research Project?

The Research Project is an opportunity to:

  • research something you are interested in
  • decide how you carry out your research
  • decide on the way you produce your findings
  • make judgements about how successful you've been.

Throughout the project, you are in control of your own learning.

Why the Research Project?

Many of the skills you develop in the Research Project are transferable and may help you be successful in jobs and further study. These skills include:

  • researching and presenting the results of your research
  • working independently
  • communicating clearly
  • planning effectively
  • being able to deal with problems and setbacks.
What can I research?

You can research anything that interests you. Your Research Project, for example, could be scientific, artistic, sporting or historical. It could be a subject-based, discipline-based, or community-based project, or any number of other options. As your learning is central to this subject, it is important to choose your research question carefully and seek advice from your teacher.

What do I need to know before I start?

You need to understand the research framework. There are four parts to the research framework (which you can find in the subject outlines):

  • initiating and planning the research
  • developing the research
  • producing and substantiating the Research Outcome (synthesis)
  • reviewing the research (Research Project A) or evaluating the research (Research Project B).

You will also need an understanding of the performance standards. These are also in the subject outline. Read them carefully as the performance standards tell you how your work will be assessed.

How is the ATAR calculated using the Research Project?

The scaled scores from your best subjects (full-year equivalent subjects) will be used by the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) to determine your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). A result in Research Project A or Research Project B can be included in your best-scaled scores as part of your 'flexible option'.

How do I start the Research Project?

Think about something that you are interested in and how it could lead to a research question. Planning your research processes is also important. It does not matter if you change your plans later, but you need to show your thinking about these processes. Your proposal, which is part of your Folio, is an opportunity to outline what you are going to research and how you are going to go about it.

Research Project in the SACE

SACE Board Chief Executive Dr Neil McGoran explains the value and importance of the Research Project in the SACE. See Video below https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=VW5UDiN66H4&feature=emb_logo