Course Title: Research Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Practice 1

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018


Singapore Inst of Management


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Offsh1 18,
Offsh3 18


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Offsh1 17

Course Coordinator: Dr Frank Boukamp

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1987

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.56

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced prerequisite:  BUIL1305  Research Methods for the Built Environment

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. Further information:;ID=x94or0ccuu7k
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Course Description

This course builds on your learning from BUIL1305 Research Methods for the Built Environment. You will further develop and apply your understanding of the research process, including the research methodology, and expand your knowledge of your research topic, which includes your knowledge of the related theory.

Working under the guidance of your lecturer / academic supervisor you will fully develop your research topic and draft a research plan, drawing upon published literature and secondary data.  

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience. Input and guidance from an industry mentor via face-to-face and/or through on line meetings will inform the development and refinement of your research.
Your learning in this course and the outputs you produce will contribute to your honours thesis, to be completed in BUIL1307 Research Practice 2, where you will further expand your reading, analysis and synthesis of relevant literature to inform your research.  

Please note that if you take this course for a Bachelor Honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

1. Determine and apply discipline and theoretical knowledge to your professional practice and/or further study
2. Professionally communicate to a range of audiences utilising diverse formats and strategies, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and responsiveness to the needs of diverse stakeholders
3. Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
4. Utilise appropriate methods and techniques to design and /or execute a theory based or professionally focused research project demonstrating capacity for independent and collaborative learning, addressing real world industry issues
5. Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives
6. Critically examine and reflect on the profession , in local and/or global contexts, and question accepted interpretations and decision making

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

  • Identify a research problem
  • Systematically undertake a research inquiry which meets established ethical guidelines and principles
  • Analyse and synthesise relevant literature and produce a literature review
  • Select an appropriate research methodology
  • Plan an approach to secondary data collection



Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a range of learning activities to support your learning including meetings with your supervisor and industry mentors to gain feedback.

You will have to select an industry mentor who will then provide feedback to you about your research. Feedback will be provided through face-to-face meetings and/or on line, and will support and enhance the development of your research topic and research proposal.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A number of resources will be provided to assist your learning including on line resources, journal articles and relevant media

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, a literature review, ethics application and research proposal.
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. A student charter 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: