Course Title: Research Strategies (Honours)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Strategies (Honours)

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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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,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Kim Humphery

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8257

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8. Level 10. Room 12

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

This is an Honours level course. It is assumed that you have completed a three-year undergraduate degree in the Social Sciences (or humanities) or are enrolled in the third or fourth year of a program that has an embedded Honours year.   


Assumed Knowledge 

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 either concurrently or in the following year of your program. It is not designed as a generalist, all-purpose research methods course, but as a focused preparation for writing successful theses in a range of undergraduate honours programs across the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. 

If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM).  

See the WAM information web page for more information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. 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
  2. Locate material relevant to your chosen area of research
  3. Specify a feasible research question/problem
  4. Identify appropriate ways of researching a research question/problem
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues relevant to research in your general areas of interest   
  6. Identify and outline research methods which enable data collection, analysis and synthesis in response to a research question 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities through lectures, workshops, group and class discussion 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 course coordinator, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own research.  

 There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against your program learning outcomes. 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 scholarly interest and future professional practice. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment 1: Outline of research issue/problem, research question(s), and research aims and significance. (50%) 1000-1500 words. CLO –1-6

Assessment 2: Full research proposal or draft methodology chapter depending on program). (50%) 2500-3000 words. CLO –1-6

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Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: