Course Title: Integrated Policy and Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrated Policy and Research Project

Credit Points: 24


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

POLI1100

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Kate Driscoll

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8287

Course Coordinator Email: kate.driscoll@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.2.15


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

POLI1095 Evidence, Policy and Practice


Course Description

This course will enable you to engage in a research project based on an issue relating to your professional context. It is designed as a capstone experience to enable you to synthesize and integrate knowledge, connect theory and practice as well as demonstrate holistic achievement of program learning outcomes.

The capstone experience requires you to identify, gather and utlise data and information to respond to a problem, need or industry issue. You will creatively explore real-world issues, simulating the role of policy worker in the professional practice context. The course provides an opportunity for you to more deeply investigate a particular area of scholarship and professional practice in the field.

It may be possible for you to align your project with your professional work if you are already employed in the sector, or to conduct the project in conjunction an organisation that you have a relationship with. This needs to be approved by the course coordinator
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Plan, design and manage an applied research project
  • Engage with appropriate professional and scholarly literature
  • Apply appropriate research approaches and methods to respond to an authentic industry problem or address contemporary issues faced in organisations
  • Present a project which appropriately communicates the key findings and the implication  of these for policy and practice.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes:

  • Use strategic thinking and planning to develop creative evidence-based solutions for contemporary social problems/policy issues
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories, evidence and modes of reasoning, and recent developments both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in public policy
  • Analyse policy research, develop effective arguments for policy change and successfully scope, produce and disseminate policy evidence, using these skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project
  • Engage in high level logical and persuasive written communication and public presentations, and confidently debate, prepare and critique policy documents and proposals
  • Critically analyse the social, political, organisational, economic and environmental drivers that both enable and limit public policy reform and apply to professional practice
  • Use appropriate ethical ideas and reflective practice skills to engage in professional policy practice and scholarship



Overview of Learning Activities

The course may be offered in online and face-to-face modes. You will participate in workshops/seminars through the semester as well as undertaking independent research activities. You will be actively engaged in learning that involves class discussion and peer critique.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided, including books, journal articles and web resources. An introductory overview of key literature, concepts and processes/methods relevant to your project and working with industry will be available as well as additional references are also provided to you if you wish to follow particular themes in more detail. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include a combination of presentations, individual and group participation as well as a research report. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • 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.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment