Course Title: International Management Project Preparation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Management Project Preparation

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Grad School of Bus and Law


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Dr John Douglas Thomson, PhD

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0108

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Academic + some work experience: ie a bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution and evidence of work experience; or
Management + work experience: ie entry may be granted to applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree but can demonstrate through professional work experience their capacity to successfully undertake this program.
All applicants must possess good communication skills in both written and spoken English. All non-Australian residents and overseas full-fee paying students must provide evidence of IELTS 6.5+ (no band below 6.0). 

Course Description

This is a course about research projects in the field of international management. The course is intended to provide you with a knowledge base for undertaking a research project for example, by using the United Nations Global Compact Cities Program and RMIT’s Global Compact Institute. It is specifically aimed at developing your management abilities to conceive, plan and prepare an international research project through a research preparation process reflecting a current issue.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Objectives: By the end of this course, each individual and group of students is expected to be able to:
Discuss individual learning experiences and implications for teamwork, Explain and justify their choice of topic for research;
Present their research proposal;
State the knowledge gap in the extant literature which the research topic will address; and
Provide a theory-informed rationale for the research methodology and research method/s;
Learning Outcomes: The overall outcome is to research the processes of global change in the urban context, both positive and problematic, with a view to planning, managing and projecting sustainable ways of living.

Capability Development: Capability development is undertaken through international management research which entails going beyond identifying immediate threats to exploring pathways to enhance resilience and adaptation.

What makes this Course unique is the way in which it works at the intersection of globalization and climate change and across the conventional science-and-engineering / social-science-and-humanities divide. It has two major themes:
globalization; and
global climate change.

The Course aim is to determine what might be internationally sustainable and innovative management responses. In researching this, you will be drawing upon the existing strengths of RMIT to develop the following research programs:

Climate Change Adaptation;
Globalization and Culture;
Community Sustainability;
Urban Infrastructure;
Human Security; and
Learning Cities.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be provided conceptual input and research-related matters. These will be supplemented by relevant practical exercises and discussion, designed to exemplify the key aspects and stages of your research project. You will also engage in facilitated discussions on the pros and cons of individual and group-based work, as well as frameworks for ensuring effective group work. Face-to-face classroom learning activities will be supplemented by extensive DLS Learning Hub facilities, including threaded discussions.

Overview of Learning Resources

Reading lists and other supplementary learning resources will be handed out and discussed. Additional learning resources will be available in the DLS Learning Hub throughout the semester. You will also have access to RMIT’s e-library databases.

Overview of Assessment

Each individual student will submit their Research Proposal Interim Report (20%) six weeks after course commencement (1,000 words), and a Final Research proposal (including a research topic, rationale, literature review and methodology) (4,000 words, 50%) and presentation (30%) eight weeks later.