Course Title: Research Design and Methods

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Design and Methods

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BUSM4420

City Campus

Postgraduate

325H Property, Construction & Project Management

Face-to-Face

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

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BUSM4420

City Campus

Postgraduate

325H Property, Construction & Project Management

Face-to-Face

PGRDFlex17 (ZZZZ)

Course Coordinator: Professor Nick Blismas

Course Coordinator Phone: + 61 3 9925 2214

Course Coordinator Email: Nick.Blismas@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

 This course introduces the concepts of research and knowledge from a broad philosophical perspective, and moves towards details of literature review, research design, data collection methods, analysis and thesis writing. You will examine philosophical, theoretical, ethical and methodological concepts and processes associated with academic research activities within the disciplines related to the practice of property, construction and project management. You will  also be given the opportunity to define and develop a research problem through your critical and creative analysis of various literature appropriate to your selected topic and justify your theoretical and methodological approach to the research problem you investigate.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop the following program capabilities

  • Knowledge
  • Critical Analysis
  • Creativity
  • Communication

 

If you are enrolled in the MC210 Mastrer of Project Managenent program this course develops the following progran learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex project management theory, principles and best practice to applied projects to contribute to the profession and discipline of project management
  • Critically analyse synthesise and reflect on project management theory and developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  • Professionally communicate and justify project scope, design, implementation, strategy and /or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders across a range of industry sectors


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

1. Critically analyse and apply industry professional knowledge, theoretical, philosophical,  methodological and ethical concepts towards the development of a research proposal

2. Conduct a literature search of relevant material to enable appreciation, synthesis, conceptualisation and construction of a sustained, logical, creative and complex literary argument to position a research study within a specific disciplinary context

3. Evaluate research strategies and justify a selected methodological approach and method for inquiry to answer a research question derived from professional and theoretical critque

4. Produce a research proposal which describes the rationale of the research problem and analysis of professional significance, the academic scholarly literary context, problem conceptualisation and the research inquiry strategy

5. Critically engage in the discourse taking place within a particular field of research and debate and discuss the various arguments in a balanced, authoritative and objective manner


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning in this course will comprise a mix of lectures and tutorials. You will engage in a range of learning activities which may include class discussions and problem based activities.


Overview of Learning Resources

To support your learning, learning resources for this course include a wide range of texts, refereed journal articles and associated materials accessible via the Internet.  As well as these references material is also provided in a Skills Package which includes Lecture Notes and Readings. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The Blackboard website will include Weekly Study Guides in the form of the Lecture Notes. The site will also contain a list of discussion topics/exercises for Weekly Tutorials


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 may include, but is not limited to, individual or group based project work, case study analysis, class presentations and reflective journals.
 

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.
 

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes. Assessment may include projects, class activities, assignments, critiques, reports and presentations, individually and/or in groups. 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. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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/browse;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1