Course Title: Collaborative Action Research Proposal

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Collaborative Action Research Proposal

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Rosalie Holian

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5943

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.9

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of Years 1 and 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.

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

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

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

Selected learning resources will be available via Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

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