Course Title: Research Dissertation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Dissertation

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: A Prof Andrea Chester

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3150

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed:

  • COTH2167  Research Proposal and Ethics

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Note:  it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

Course Description

The Research Dissertation course requires you to undertake the research project prepared in Research Proposal and Ethics and thus to contribute to the evidence base for the healthcare/community care field. You will be guided by a supervisor(s) in the implementation of the project, data gathering and analysis, and the writing-up and presentation of findings to a high academic and research standard.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • collect and analyse data within the context of a psychological research project.
  • present information to an audience in a clear, concise, interesting and informative manner.
  • prepare and write a research report, critically relating the research to the relevant body of scientific literature within the field of health care and/or community care.

Program Learning Outcomes:
This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes:

  • PLO1: demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge within the discipline related to the context of research principles and  methods
  • PLO2: communicate knowledge and ideas to a wide audience with clarity and coherence
  • PLO3: apply critical thinking and judgement to new ideas and technical skills in research design
  • PLO4: demonstrate the ability for intellectual independence when dealing with complex problems with a broad understanding of knowledge and theoretical concepts
  • PLO5: undertake research and scholarship with initiative, judgement and independence to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts.
  • PLO6: demonstrate responsibility and accountability for learning and the ability to practice independently and within a team

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the requirements associated with this course you are expected to meet regularly, weekly or fortnightly with your thesis supervisor/s. Learning activities will be identified during these meetings and be individually negotiated with your supervisor to meet the learning outcomes of this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will also be identified during your supervisory meetings and may include targeted readings, reference and online material and a range of primary resources. Material chosen may be digitally available to you. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment associated with this course will be in the form of submission of your written dissertation along with a presentation of your findings to your peers and health science staff. These assessments are designed to require students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

For information on grades used in RMIT courses see:

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.

This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced, at: