Course Title: Practice-based Logistics Research Project 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Practice-based Logistics Research Project 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Dr Yee Ling Boo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5694

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Part-time students must have completed at least eight courses prescribed under MC198 Master of Supply Chain and Logistics Management Program.  However, full-time students may enrol in this course after completing four courses prescribed under MC198 Master of Supply Chain and Logistics Management and MC195 Master of Strategic Procurement Programs.

Course Description

This course has been designed as a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course in which aspects of your academic learning will be applied in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. The course is the first of two courses designed to assist you to prepare their research projects in the MC198 Master of Supply Chain and Logistics Management program and MC195 Master of Strategic Procurement. You will be able to build upon and refer to specific aspects of the theoretical frameworks that have been developed through this program. These theoretical frameworks will contribute to the analysis of specific logistics and supply chain issues and practices. Furthermore, this course will link the theoretical frameworks to practical applications. It is designed to enable you to apply your academic learning to a contemporary workplace situation and will allow you to solve authentic business problems or address real issues faced in organisations.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onwards your teacher will advise you if you require access to a computer for the course. It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The project can be a work based project or one based on a specific logistics or supply chain problem in an applied context.

The investigations will contribute to the body of knowledge in logistics and supply chain, and suitable for publication in academic journals. The project will involve a logistics or supply chain problem that may be addressed by an investigative research.

Each student is allocated an academic supervisor who will provide guidance in defining the research project and act as a resource. However, you need to develop your own topic, undertake your own investigation, and use available resources in the conduct of the investigation. Through this course, you are expected to develop your research skills and the ability to frame your own learning.

The aims of this course are:

1)  to provide you with a good understanding of business research methods;

2)  to give you practical experience in planning and conducting a well developed research investigation; and

3)  to enable you to build upon the knowledge and skills acquired to develop theoretical frameworks and analyse data in practical situations.

Overview of Learning Activities

You are required to participate in the Research Workshop Series (series’ guide will be provided separately), which introduces you to the process of carrying out quality research.  This will include research techniques, such as literature review, simulation, and empirical data analysis.  Furthermore, you will be able to design and develop their research proposals.

Under the guidance of their supervisors, you will undertake extensive and detailed investigations of logistics and supply chain problems or issues, generally within an organisation.  These investigations will involve literature review, primary and/or secondary research.  You will be required to produce a Research Proposal for their intended research project.


Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended readings, literature review, and input from supervisor.


Overview of Assessment

Assessments may consist of individual and group work. There may be a combination of written work and oral presentations.

Feedback may be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on working drafts and by individual consultation.

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 director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT university assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment Policies and Procedures manual. An 1.2.4 Assessment Charter section of this document summarises your responsibilities as a RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.