Course Title: International Development Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Development Research

Credit Points: 24.00

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 IDR 1 and IDR 2 courses.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2020


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 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Jose Roberto Guevara

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3046

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.17

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed HUSO2159 International Project Management: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and HUSO2347 Practical Ethics for International Development before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.  

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

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop 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 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

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

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. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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.  

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Assessment Tasks

1. Preparation Portfolio, to be completed prior to commencing the placement or project (15%) 

  • Approved Work Integrated Learning Agreement 
  • Approved Placement/Project Proposal (3000 words) 
  • Online Blog 

Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 1,2 & 3 

2. Reflective Practice Portfolio (65%) 

  • Evidence of successful completion of the industry placement or project based on agreed outcomes. 
  • Selected Online Blogs 
  • Reflective Research Report 

Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3 & 4 

3. Reflective Practice Presentation (20%) 

  • IDR Conference Abstract  
  • IDR Conference Presentation  

Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4 & 5 

The Reflective Practice Portfolio should be submitted by 5:00 pm on the Friday of the week after the last day of the semester you are enrolled in. 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.