Course Title: International Development Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Development Research Project

Credit Points: 24

Important Information:

Enrolling in the 24 credit point International Development Research Project (IDRP) assumes that you have a confirmed project/placement that you will complete within a single semester. Otherwise, you are advised to enrol in the IDRP 1 and IDRP 2 courses.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2017


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Jose Roberto Guevara

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3046

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

  • HUSO2159 International Project Management: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • HUSO2347 Practical Ethics for International Development

Course Description

This course will enable you to engage in an individually negotiated research project based on a project or issue relating to your professional context or in a setting of your choice through collaborative or participatory practice. 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 course provides an opportunity for you to more deeply investigate a particular area of scholarship and professional practice in the field.

You may choose to align your project with your professional work if you are already employed in the sector, or you may conduct the project in conjunction with an organisation that you have a relationship with.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Plan, design and manage an applied research project within an international development context
  • Engage with appropriate professional and scholarly literature
  • Critically review and apply appropriate participatory tools, methods and techniques in research design or project planning and implementation
  • Apply appropriate research approaches and methods to respond to an authentic industry problem or address a contemporary issue faced in organisations
  • Present a project, justifying how this work informs your future professional practice as a leader in your field

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

  • critically reflect on socio-cultural diversity and values, world systems and the benefits of local and global development practices for communities engaged in development processes
  • determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility in your professional practice in international development
  • critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on personal awareness and lived experience, theories and practices of development, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in the discipline
  • professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes relating to international development to address specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • provide leadership within your discipline as well as collaborate with others
  • use appropriate research methods to design and execute substantial projects, evaluate the outcomes and theorize about the contribution of your learning to the profession and knowledge area
  • critically reflect on the causes and impacts of poverty in global contexts and to evaluate the theories and practice of development institutions

Overview of Learning Activities

This a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course that can be completed on or off campus. You will undertake a project or placement where you will research, critique, question and compare industry practices. You will also receive industry/community feedback.

In addition you will be expected to critically reflect on your own development practice, actively engaged in learning with your peers through Community of Practice workshops and on-line blogs.

Learning activities will include intensive workshops, guest lectures, presentations, independent research and regular seminars focused on sharing and planning project work.

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 a proposal, blogs, satisfactory completion of the industry project, an oral presentation and an individual reflective report or draft publication. 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 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: