Course Title: Collaborative Action Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Collaborative Action Research Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


630H Management


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

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Rosalie Holian

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 15943

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80 Level 9

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

BUSM 3281 Collaborative Action Research Proposal

Course Description

In this module, students will complete 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

See above

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
advanced their understanding of systems psychodynamics generally and Action Research in particular


Overview of Learning Activities

The research student is supported by 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