Course Title: Research Methods

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Methods

Credit Points: 12.00

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Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BIOL1070

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

BIOL1070

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

BIOL1070

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Internet

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

BIOL2149

Bundoora Campus

Research

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014

BIOL2411

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Prof. Aidyn Mouradov

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7144

Course Coordinator Email: aidyn.mouradov@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West campus, 223-1-73

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Background knowledge of subject matter of specialisation and of scientific methodology, and completion of a degree in the sciences or related discipline, eg engineering. 


Course Description

This course develops the knowledge and skills required by Honours and Masters students to successfully design and implement a scientific research project. You will access online information in order to achieve a systematic approach to literature searching and an awareness of information sources, which in turn will be applied in designing a research project.  You will develop skills in quantitative data treatment in order to practice the interpretation of scientific data.  Finally, the course will provide important information relating to lab and field work safety, research ethics, intellectual property and patenting. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following School of Science Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

  • PLO-1.1   You will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and an ability to apply the scientific method in practice
  • PLO-2.3   You will demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methodology appropriate to your discipline
  • PLO-3.2   You will be able to gather, critically review and synthesise information relevant to a scientific inquiry or research project
  • PLO-5.3   You will work responsibly, safely and ethically.





On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:  

  1. Use advanced information retrieval techniques to search the literature, using the RMIT library facilities
  2. Produce an outline of a research project, including hypothesis formation and method development
  3. Analyse results and present data appropriately
  4. Practice the procedures necessary for laboratory safety 




Overview of Learning Activities

This course will provide students with a working knowledge of methods of accessing, interpreting and communicating scientific information. Experience in accessing online information will provide a systematic approach to literature searching and an awareness of information sources. Data treatment sessions will assist students in the interpretation of scientific data. Project planning techniques will be presented to provide the basis for systematic project planning. Training session on IP will examine areas of Intellectual Property, including copyright, patents, designs, trademarks and confidential information. It will explain the structure of the Australian intellectual property system and its economic and social rationales and help students to learn how to apply the IP protection laws in Australia. 


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to access relevant texts, library materials and freely accessible internet sites.  Other material will be provided in the lecture material.  You will be able to access course information and learning material through the myRMIT Canvas. 


Overview of Assessment

 ☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks 

Risk Assessment  

Weighting 25% 

This assessment task supports CLO 4 


Literature Exercise 

Weighting 25% 

This assessment task supports CLO 1 


Statistical Treatment Exercise

Weighting 25% 

This assessment task supports CLO 3 


Project Overview 

Weighting 25% 

This assessment task supports CLO 2