Course Title: Industrial Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industrial Research Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Kaye Marion

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3162

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MATH 2192 Industrial Research Methods and seven other courses offered in your program.
It is assumed that you have a wide knowledge of analytics, statistics and operations research techniques (as covered in the courses completed) and proficiency with several computer packages.

Course Description

The course is about the application of analytics, statistics and operations research in a real world situation. You will learn how to think about data in a broad context and what goes on in an industrial research project. You will be taught how to improve your verbal and written skills, organise the structure of an industrial research problem and learn about professional ethics.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Some generic skills you will develop in this course are:

  • Problem solving and research skills, which include engaging with unfamiliar problems, and identifying relevant strategies.
  • Analytical skills, which include the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of the analysis.
  • The ability to work in a team through interactions with others. The school distinguishes between ethical collaboration, which is strongly encouraged, and plagiarism, which is prohibited.
  • Oral presentation skills, consisting of practising presentation of technical problems and their respective solutions.
  • Time management skills, with both team-based and individually assembled material to be submitted throughout the semester, you will learn to manage your time, balance competing commitments and meet deadlines.

You will be required to work individually or in a team to produce solutions for industry clients. This will give you practice in the important task of carrying out research, producing reports and presenting results including graphical methods and tables.

This course will address the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • The ability to contextualise outputs where data are drawn from diverse and evolving social, political and cultural dimensions
  • The ability to reflect on experience and improve your own future practice
  • The ability to bring together and flexibly apply knowledge to characterise, analyse and solve a wide range of problems
  • The ability to contribute to professional work settings through effective participation in teams and organisation of project tasks
  • The ability to effectively communicate both technical and non-technical material in a range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral), and to tailor the style and means of communication to different audiences. Of particular interest is the ability to explain technical material, without unnecessary jargon, to lay persons such as the general public or line managers.
  • The ability to locate and use data and information and evaluate its quality with respect to its authority and relevance.

Overview of Learning Activities

  • Conducting a literature review.
  • Formally define the project requirements and directions based on the available information sources.
  • Having meetings with your supervisors to have ongoing feedback.
  • Listening to, and providing feedback to others with their projects.
  • Presenting progress reports and project outcomes to industry contacts and other students.
  • Writing a detailed report of your research project and submit it for review.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT library resources including online access resources will be critical for the early stages.
You will receive ongoing feedback from industry, other students and your supervisor(s) throughout your project.

Overview of Assessment

Final project report and the presentation(s) will be assessed by industry and your project supervisor(s).