Course Title: Masters Minor Thesis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Minor Thesis

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


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

Course Coordinator: Professor Rob Watts

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8247

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.2.11

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Prerequisite: HUSO 2079 Research Strategies, with a grade of at least DI (70%), or equivalent academic or professional research experience.

Course Description

This course requires you to conduct independent research under supervision. A research proposal for your thesis may be prepared during the HUSO2079 Research Strategies course. You should discuss your research question and proposed research design with potential supervisors prior to enrolling in this course.

The thesis must be submitted at the end of the semester in which you are enrolled in this 24 credit point course. If you prefer to write a minor thesis over two semesters, you should instead enrol in the 12 credit point courses HUSO2351 Masters Minor Thesis 1 and HUSO2352 Masters Minor Thesis 2 in successive semesters.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Plan and design an independent research project
  • Write a scholarly literature review
  • Apply appropriate research approaches and methods
  • Present a research project, explaining how the findings contribute to scholarship and/or professional practice

Overview of Learning Activities

With the assistance of a supervisor, you will carry out an independent research project. You are encouraged to begin the design work for this project in the HUSO2079 Research Strategies course. As part of this process, you will come to terms with the major existing literature on the subject, investigate new sources, gather and organise relevant data, sustain an interpretative discussion, and present the argument in a logical and coherent form. Through this process, you will gain experience in discovery, critical analysis, problem-solving and interpretation.

The supervision process is critical to the success of this course. Your supervisor is your personal adviser and critic. He or she should assist you in locating relevant sources, people, sites and organisations, recommend appropriate methodological and theoretical readings, advise about the organisation and structure of the argument, help you refine your topic if necessary, and read and criticise your manuscript. Your supervisor should give you assistance and support, as well as presenting you with a continual intellectual challenge. For this reason, you should be in regular weekly contact with your supervisor.

While your supervisor is your primary adviser, you should still feel free to consult with others in the School who may be able to help you with your work. It is only common courtesy, however, to inform your supervisor about this. You should call on the Course Coordinator to resolve any conflicts or other problems arising from your work in this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. This course is based on independent research under the supervision of an appropriate academic staff member.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment is based on preparation of the thesis, which should be around 12,000-14,000 words. The thesis will be prepared in stages for review by your supervisor. The thesis is marked by two examiners neither of whom is your supervisor. The final thesis should be submitted by 5:00 pm on the Friday of Week 12.

• 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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