Course Title: Engaged in Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engaged in Research

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 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 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Kim Humphery

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8257

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.2.12-1

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This Course assumes that you are currently enrolled in at least one of the Honours Thesis Courses, have an Honours Supervisor, and are engaged in the formulation of your Honours Research Project.

Course Description

This course is a core course in the Honours Program. It assumes that you are engaged in the development of your thesis, and its relevant research orientation. There is an expectation that you will critically engage with research presentations of others in light of your own research interests, and the paradigm in which it is situated.

This course will induct you to a research community in your discipline and to other research networks.  As part of this introduction to research activities, you will participation in research seminars, public talks, conferences or professional presentations relevant to their discipline (as approved and directed by your program coordinator). Through shared reflection and further reading, you will develop a strong methodological position for the development of your thesis.

Your learning, in this course, will be facilitated through a series of discussions and presentations. You will participate in colloquial activities with students who are also engaged in their Honours Research studies, as well as with your supervisor and leading researchers throughout the School. Reflection, in this course, will also take the form of short written pieces which explicitly link to relevant readings.    

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Knowledge
  • Critical awareness
  • Critical analysis
  • Communication

Course Learning Outcomes

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

-        Articulate and discuss key concepts deployed in these seminars and their relevance to your discipline

-        Critically analyse the significance, scope and limitations of key concepts and debates in your field.

-        Locate your research in a broader field, through active participation in colloquia activities.

-        Synthesise reflection and scholarly readings to inform and articulate methodological orientation.


Program Learning Outcomes

 In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critique the value of information and knowledge from a wide variety of sources and experiences and reflect on and evaluate their application in research
  • Critically examine the dominant literature and theoretical knowledge in the field of research. 


Overview of Learning Activities

There is a fortnightly seminar series. In addition to this, you will attend between four to six research seminars, public talks, conferences or professional presentations relevant to your discipline (as approved and directed by your program coordinator) over the course of the honours year (most commonly in your second semester of study), and will critically reflect on the content and how it is situated within the relevant academic discipline or field of knowledge. To do this effectively you will have to undertake some preparatory research before each seminar in order to be able to listen to it attentively and actively, and participate in a group discussion with the course coordinator and other students immediately after the seminar.    

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will be guided to a range of resources, directly relevant to the content or research orientation of the presentations you attend. You will be encouraged to read more broadly through access to online learning tools and content for your course from via myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.    

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes

Assessment will include:

Task 1: Reflection on Research Seminar tasks, 2000 words, 50% weighting

Task 2: Conference presentation, 8 minutes + questions  50% weighting

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: