Course Title: Research Strategies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Strategies

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2361

City Campus

Research

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017

HUSO2361

City Campus

Research

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

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

HUSO2361

City Campus

Research

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Sem 2 2014

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2361

City Campus

Research

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

RSCHYr2017 (RM73),

RSCHYr2017 (RW73),

RSCHYr2017 ()

Course Coordinator: Dr. Nicole Pepperell

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email

Course Coordinator Email: nicole.pepperell@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.2.7

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 

A body of knowledge that includes a training in and understanding of one or more academic/professional disciplines. Intermediate knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning.


Course Description

 

This course is designed to assist research degree candidates in the College of Design and Social Context to revise and consolidate a research proposal. It caters for research Masters or PhD candidates in the broad field of social sciences and humanities at RMIT.

The course is built around small seminar groups led by experienced researchers. These intensive seminars develop and practice ways of scholarly engagement with fellow researchers in a community of practice. You will also engage with secondary texts and methodological approaches relevant to your projects. In working together for one semester, you will become deeply familiar with each others’ research proposals and the difficulties these entail. In turn, such discussions will enable greater understanding of the research culture of the relevant discipline. The course content, selected from a bank of shared resources, builds on your capacities relevant to conducting research, and caters for a diversity of projects and approaches. Through participation in the course, you will be able to integrate insights from your own discipline’s communities of practice, scholarly texts and seminar discussions into a deeper understanding of your own research project. At the completion of the course, you will have prepared a preliminary draft of your confirmation of candidature document.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate a range of research approaches and techniques and be able to create a convincing written rationale for utilising one or more of them in your research
  • Craft research questions pertinent to your chosen field of study, based on a sound but developing knowledge of the relevant literature and debates
  • Design a research project of appropriate scope for a higher degree by research candidature period
  • Write a literature review which contributes to relevant debates in your field, supports your research project and states clearly the project’s contribution to knowledge.

The course is designed to further develop your:

  • Intellectual skills in designing, reflecting on, critiquing, theorising and communicating research as it is practised in your particular discipline area
  • Technical and creative skills in presenting information in a manner consistent with publication and presentation in the relevant discipline
  • Communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions in your own work and that of others. 


 

At the completion of the course you will have debated, refined and learnt to present and defend a detailed and feasible research proposal appropriate for the field of investigation. In order to achieve this, you will be able to:

  • Specify a feasible research topic
  • Identify an appropriate way of researching it
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of two or more specific methodologies or approaches relevant to your research, and incorporate them into your research proposal
  • Reflect on the nature of your chosen project in a theoretically informed manner, situating it on a broad map of research and practice in the relevant discipline
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues relevant to research in your general areas of interest and, where appropriate, include such considerations in your proposal and draft ethics application form
  • Apply general analytic skills in evaluating research design and practice.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is offered both on campus and online and students are enrolled in one mode or the other.

The on campus offering involves face-to-face weekly seminars and online communities of practice which will be supplemented by a series of lectures, discussion forums, online resources, and links to SGR and library skill-based workshops and RMIT services.

In the online offering of the course you will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities online via recorded lectures and online discussion boards that support the development of your research proposal.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The core resources for the course are a study guide and a reader.


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.

This course involves three assessment tasks. The final and major task is a draft research proposal suitable for confirmation of candidature in the appropriate discipline, degree and School. The first two smaller assessment tasks involve draft components of the research proposal.

  • 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