Course Title: Research Methods

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Methods

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Rosalie Holian

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5943

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Building 108 Level 16

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This module introduces participants to basic and advanced research methodologies relevant to their theses on change, innovation and service management.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

To develop the student’s ability to conduct significant research in organisational change situations through the selection and application of appropriate research methodologies

• Understanding of alternative research methodologies and how they can be applied to organisational change situations
• Ability to select and apply an appropriate methodology for the student’s thesis
• Understanding of how to plan, organise and document a minor thesis that meets the requirements of the ISM program and the University.
• Completion of the Research Methodology section of the thesis
• Ongoing personal growth in line with the ISM Program Objectives.
• Ongoing development of communication and team skills

Overview of Learning Activities

This is a five day workshop.

Overview of Learning Resources

References relevant to this module will be posted on Blackboard, RMIT’s Online support system.

Overview of Assessment

Students are to prepare and submit a brief paper (approximately 2,000 to 4,000 words) which outlines some key elements of their intended research and sets it in the context of an action research project.