Course Title: Research Methods for Project Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Methods for Project Management

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Constr & Proj Mgt


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Ehsan Gharaie

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1735

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.79A

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to research methods and provides a foundation for your future learning in Project Management Research. This course will build your research capability and theoretical knowledge and as you develop the skills and knowledge required to conduct independent and collaborative research. Working in groups, you will investigate an area of interest within the project management profession. Under the guidance of your lecturer and an industry mentor you will: develop a research proposal in which you select and justify your chosen research methods to support your inquiry; provide the rationale for your research topic and your selected research methods; and prepare a literature review in which you will undertake a critical analysis of the literature appropriate to your selected topic. You will also develop and integrate your understanding of the ethical implications of your research, applying this knowledge to your research proposal.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

PLO1, 2, 3, 4 5 6

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  •  Select and justify a methodological approach and method for inquiry
  •  Analyse and synthesise relevant literature in order to investigate a research problem and produce a coherent exposition
  • • Critically evaluate the ethical implications of a research problem
  • • Develop a research proposal which draws upon both project management theory and responds to the industry context
  • Crtically reflect on the PM profession and industry practice

Overview of Learning Activities

To support your learning you will engage in a range of learning activities including: workshops, lectures, .class discussions and presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A number of resources will be provided to assist your learning including on line resources, journal articles and relevant media.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include, but is not limited to, a literature review and a research proposal.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises 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 coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
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