Course Title: Action Research Project (Part A)

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 031020

Course Title: Action Research Project (Part A)

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


150H Health Sciences


Course Coordinator: Ass Prof John Newton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3239

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of Stages 1 & 2 of MC134

Course Description

In this module, the first half of a project, students will commence an action research project on an approved topic, under supervision. The project should reflect the use of systems psychodynamic concepts studied in Stages 1 & 2 of the Organisation Dynamics program, be located in an organisational setting and should use Action Research methodology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Participants will be able to demonstrate their mastery of theories, models and practice through designing, researching and implementing a change project.
The project report must be written in a clear, accurate and concise way and be suitably illustrated, documented and referenced and demonstrate that the student has:
• a thorough understanding of the field of study
• critically surveyed relevant literature
• understood and managed the dynamics associated with the change assignment
• reflected on their role and impact on the research process and its outcomes

Expected learning outcomes:
On completion of the Action Research project and report students will have
• exhibited mastery in their discipline through a major research project
• added value to their discipline through the insights and conclusions offered by their research
• challenged their own personal and professional practice throughout the entire process; taking on new or broader perspectives, keeping a learning journal and collecting and reflecting on data regarding their practice
• assisted their client(s) in better understanding and working with an issue of significance to them
• worked as part of a writing cluster to improve their writing skills and discipline
• advanced their understanding of systems psychodynamics generally and Action Research in particular

Overview of Learning Activities

The research is supported by 26 hours of supervision contact time.

Overview of Learning Resources

Articles relevant to this module are posted on Blackboard, RMIT’s Online support system

Overview of Assessment

Students are required to complete an Action Research Project on approved topic over 12 months.