Course Title: Client Based Research (Environment)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Client Based Research (Environment)

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 1 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Blanche Verlie

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2328

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: Available by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities.

This course designed for you if you are in your final year of study with a background knowledge of environmental management (in relation to matters such as energy, water and minerals), climate change and wastes (solid and water-based), environmental policy, environmental assessment and behavior change in relation to environmental issues.

You will have skills and some experience in qualitative and quantitative research, project management, systems thinking, team work, critical thinking, oral communication and report writing. 

Course Description

This course provides you with the opportunity to apply research and analysis skills to the kind of problems identified by environmental agencies who are potential employers of RMIT graduates. It emphasises the processes, methods and skills needed for research work and gives particular attention to the experiences of team work.

You will work in a group throughout the course and build on many of the topics and skills that you have been developing in other courses, for example the production of a research report for a client.

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.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

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

- Synthesise theoretical concepts with practical applications to problems of the environment field
- Apply the research skills you have been developing to social and socio-environmental problems, and organize and interpret relevant data
- Develop conclusions and related proposals, relevant to the clients’ social-environmental context, and based on principles of policy-making
- Adapt project management principles to a specific project
- Work confidently in a team for a client requiring research results
- Communicate professionally both orally and in written forms
- Reflect on your learning in relation to research projects and team work

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

- Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of principles and practice of natural resource policy, sustainability, globalisation and environmental management to professional practice or further study.
- Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge related to the social implications of environmental concerns and challenges both in Australia and globally.
- Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with environmental management and associated policies and programs.
- Work effectively and productively with others in a range of roles in a variety of professional and social contexts.
- Communicate effectively using appropriate formats, media and styles to a range of audiences including other professionals, the public and government agencies and collaborate partnerships with others.
- Assist in the identification of needs, and the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in environmental and social sustainability. 
- Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross-cultural settings and to act in professionalized settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity.

Overview of Learning Activities

Through a series of group workshops, you will revisit the elements of research and will build on your experiences to produce a research report. The topic for the research will be provided by an organisation outside your program, so that you will be acting as consultants for these clients. The research projects will be undertaken in small groups, so that you will all gain experience in group dynamics and teamwork. For all team activities all members will receive the same grade. In addition, some items of assessment will require you to work individually in reviewing and reflecting on your work over the semester, to enable the identification of areas where improvements can be made. As a number of assessment tasks are conducted within class time, you will be disadvantaged if you do not attend.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with tools and resources for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to see further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

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: team reports, oral presentations, preparing tender documents and reflective journals.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • 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: