Course Title: Professional Research and Evaluation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Research and Evaluation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011


City Campus


345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Prof Peter Horsfield

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3534

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

COMM1178 and COMM2480 are offered concurrently.

Course Description

This course presents an overview of the process of research and evaluation relevant to (professional) research. In the course you will explore issues of professional ethics and reflective practice along with professional research and evaluation relevant to your discipline.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course is delivered across a number of programs. You will be assessed on your development of the following generic graduate capabilities:

  • research and evaluation
  • reflective professional practice that is globally focused

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • assess ethical issues that confront professional research
  • apply principles of reflective practice to your own praxis
  • analyse, critique and apply the four key research components in addressing a research problem
  • utilise research techniques to evaluate professional research

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face-to-face and online such as workshops, tutorials, group and class discussion, class activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Communication students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies .

 The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include presentations, projects and may be done individually and in teams.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: