Course Title: Environmental Policy Project Vietnam

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environmental Policy Project Vietnam

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban & Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Melissa Neave

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2512

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

192 credit points completed in the Bachelor Social Science (Environment) program, or 286 credit points completed in the Environmental Science/Environment – Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Social Science (Double Degree)

Course Description

The course provides you with the opportunity to apply research and analysis skills to the kinds of problems identified by organisations outside RMIT University. 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 to produce a research report for a client who has identified a specific research project that they would like completed.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The aim of the Project is to provide you with a professional work experience, and the confidence to be able to deal with future experiences. Specific objectives are to: build on previous studies and experiences to critically analyse the problem presented by the topic;
gain confidence in analysing data to provide policy advice; gain practice in teamwork;
understand the elements and operation of project management; review research methodologies and gain experience in their application; practice the preparation and use of literature reviews; gain experience in report writing; demonstrate oral communication skills, and reflect on your experiences.

Overview of Learning Activities

The taught component will provide students with a working knowledge of methods of accessing, interpreting and communicating information. The project will be investigated through two weeks field work in Ho Chi Minh City (or another Vietnamese city), preceded by several workshops to prepare the topic and its investigation. The project will typically involve some investigation of the literature, a design of the research in consultation with a supervisor, carrying out of data collection, an analysis of the results, and the preparation of a report that will include appropriate policy advice.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to use a prescribed text.

Overview of Assessment

You will be able to prepare assessment tasks with a total word length or equivalent of 4,000 words.