Course Title: Minor Project 1B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Minor Project 1B

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM1139

City Campus

Postgraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

COMM1139

City Campus

Postgraduate

335H Applied Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Judy.Burnside-Lawry@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 3128

Course Coordinator Email:judy.lawry@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 9.5.32

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of COMM1096 Intro to Communication Research (or COMM1178 Professional Research and Evaluation) and COMM1137 Minor Project 1A

OR

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=x94or0ccuu7k


Course Description


Minor Project 1B (COMM1139) is the second half of the part-time offering for students to complete their Minor Project and the semester in which you submit your final thesis. You are expected to meet with your supervisor four times over the course of  your project to advise and provide guidance during the research project. 

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Project Seminar provides support sessions for students currently writing their minor or major project. It is not a formal class in which you have to enrol or carry out assessment.

Whilst you will have have regular meetings with their individual supervisors it is often the case that completing the project can feel like a rather isolated experience. Because of the predominantly independent nature of this kind of research it is sometimes the case that students get held up by (what seem in retrospect) relatively minor problems or lose confidence: it can be easy to feel that you are the only one experiencing the trials and struggles (and sense of achievement) that are all part and parcel of the process of successfully completing a research project.

A proven way to counter this sense of isolation and to keep on track throughout the semester is to discuss issues you may face on the research journey with your fellow students who are also working on their projects. This semester some of that support will be provided online via Blackboard.


Research projects involve original research and offer an opportunity for students to define and implement independent research in an area of communication of their own interest or of relevance to their own future direction.


Overview of Learning Activities

Regular meetings with individual supervisors.


Overview of Learning Resources

A website of useful resources is available via the Learning Hub.

Please login at http://www.rmit.edu.au/learninghub


Overview of Assessment

Students are required to submit a 16,000 word Major Project by  1 November 2013. The project will be assessed by an examiner (who is not your supervisor but in most cases an appropriate staff member within the School of Media and Communication). When the examination process is complete, a copy of the examiner’s report will be sent to you by registered post. This usually takes around three-four weeks from the date of submission.

Other Relevant Information
Please note: All major projects must be completed by the end of semester 2 2013.