Course Title: Research Investigation 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Investigation 2

Credit Points: 24


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BUSM3214

City Campus

Postgraduate

325H Property, Construction & Project Management

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Priya Rajagopalan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2293

Course Coordinator Email: priyadarsini.rajagopalan@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.57


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

From January 1 2016

Enforced Prerequisite: 038058 Research Investigation 1

Prior to 2016

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course  BUSM 3213 Research Investigation 1 before you commence this course.


Course Description

 This course builds on and expands your learning from Research Investigation 1. Under the guidance of an academic supervisor from within the School, and in compliance with RMIT’s human research ethics code, you will undertake the final stage of the research you commenced in Research Investigation 1 by refining your research proposal, designing a research strategy and completing a minor research project. You will collect and analyse primary and/or secondary data and present your findings on built environment theory and practice in relation to your research topic. In doing so, you will expand your review of the local and international literature as undertaken in Research Investigation 1. This course will develop your understanding of research within the built environment, in both the local and international context and will develop the skills and knowledge required to complete a minor research project.

This course will enable you to produce a minor thesis dissertation which: documents the practical and theoretical rationale and context of a research problem; and includes a critical analysis and synthesis of relevant literature, a conceptual model and a methodology, results, interpretation/analysis and discussion and conclusion.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

If you are enrolled in MC210 this course will develop the following program learning outcomes:

 

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex project management theory, principles and best practice to applied projects to contribute to the profession and discipline of project management
  • Critically analyse synthesise and reflect on project management theory and developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  • Professionally communicate and justify project scope, design, implementation, strategy and /or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders across a range of industry sectors
  • Apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively address the diverse needs of project stakeholders, formulating innovative solutions and demonstrating independent and sound decision making related to your professional practice and the discipline
  • Integrate and apply appropriate technical skills, research methodologies and tools to design and execute applied professional practice and research projects, evaluate the outcomes and theorise about the contribution of your learning to the profession and knowledge arena
  • Provide strategic project management advice and utlise leadership skills and team work skills to plan and guide the implementation of projects across diverse project management contexts, contributing to the discipline and professional arena
  • Utilise specific research and technical skills to strategically develop and implement project management strategies and solutions that are responsive to complex sustainable and economic theories and enhance project value, delivery and governance

If you are enrolled in the MC212 Master of Property program this course will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply advanced knowledge of complex property theory to inform decision making in the local and global professional arena, demonstrating expert judgement and ethical decision making in your professional practice and discipline  
  • Integrate and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to address industry problems and/or commercial opportunities in property 
  • Research and analyse theoretical knowledge and published data to address the diverse requirements of property stakeholders, formulating strategic business solutions for complex property projects 
  • Professionally communicate property strategy, processes, propositions and/or decision making across the property and related sectors, leading and negotiating effectively with diverse stakeholders
  • Provide strategic advice to implement new directions within your professional field, responding to new and emerging industry trends and issues
  • Utilise appropriate research methodologies and methods to design and execute a substantial research based or professionally focused project, evaluate the outcomes and contribute to the property profession and the field of knowledge in the discipline 
  • Analyse and apply social, legal, economic and environmental policy frameworks to inform and justify decision making and to provide strategic, evidenced based advice as a property professional

If you are enrolled in the MC209 Master of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building program this course will develop the following program learning outcomes:

 

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex sustainable building theory, principles and practice, to contribute to the design and management of sustainable buildings
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on sustainable building theory and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  •  Professionally communicate and justify sustainable building design principles, strategies, solutions and/or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders, including across the government and industry sectors
  • Adopt a building performance and systems approach, and apply specialist knowledge and technical skills to creatively address the diverse needs of sustainable building stakeholders
  • Design innovative building solutions responsive to sustainability performance targets, demonstrating independent and sound decision making related to your professional practice and the discipline
  • Integrate and apply appropriate technical skills, research methodologies and tools to plan and execute professional practice and research projects, evaluate the outcomes and effectively communicate the results to contribute to the knowledge arena
  • Provide strategic advice and utilise high level leadership and teamwork skills to plan and manage the implementation of projects which contribute to the sustainability performance of buildings, and the development of sustainable urban environments


Learning Outcomes

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

  • Critically analyse research literature and synthesise literary arguments
  • Construct a logical and creative response to a research problem in the form of a research question and conceptual model or an interpretive investigative framework
  • Evaluate research strategies and justify and describe a selected method for inquiry
  • Undertake a research inquiry and present and analyse research findings/ results
  • Write a well constructed scholarly academic argument fully supported by graphics, diagrams and tables as appropriate



 


Overview of Learning Activities

To support your learning you in this course you will engage in range of learning activities including: research group discussions on topics and strategic lectures; presentations of progress of work; weekly contact with supervisor and negotiated meetings with your supervisor


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Your learning in this course will also be supported by a range of resources including: library resources such as online journal databases; the extensive resources provided in Phil1000 Research Methods and Philosophy of Knowledge and BUSM3213 Project Investigation Part 1; research methods texts as guided by the supervisor and/or the course coordinator on an individual case by case basis.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.
Assessment in this course may include, but is not limited to, oral presentations and a research dissertation.
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.
An assessment charter (http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc .