Course Title: Research Strategies (Honours)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Strategies (Honours)

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 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Kate Phelan

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 3003

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.10.14

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This is an Honours level course. It is assumed that you have completed an undergraduate degree in Social Science (or cognate discipline) or are enrolled in the fourth year of a program that has an embedded Honours year.  It is assumed that in your previous study you will have undertaken an introductory research methods course. 

Course Description

The course is designed to develop capacities relevant to conducting research and to provide you with focused specialist input and a collective forum for debating research approaches. The course will assist you to undertake a thesis. It is not designed as a generalist, all-purpose research methods course, but rather as a focused preparation for writing successful theses in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and similar disciplines.

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

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

  • Use basic skills to identify, formulate, and design a feasible research proposal proportionate to your prior expertise and the degree program you are enrolled in
  • Locate material relevant to your chosen area of research
  • Specify a feasible research question/problem
  • Identify appropriate ways of researching a research question/problem
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of research methodologies or approaches relevant to your work and be able to defend them against scholarly criticism
  • Demonstrate a theoretically-informed capacity to reflect on the nature of your chosen approach, situating it on a broad map of social science
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues relevant to research in your general areas of interest
  • Demonstrate an awareness of some issues concerning the writing up of research, and demonstrate general analytic skills in evaluating research design and practice


  • Identify and outline research methods which enable data collection, analysis and synthesis in response to a research question
  • Identify and justify the best feasible way to answer the question, in terms of research approaches, data sources and ethical integrity
  • Develop a schematic research map outlining the research design for your Honours thesis or project

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek 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 reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. 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: