Course Title: Research Project B (Implementation)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Project B (Implementation)

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 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 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


171H School of Science


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


City Campus


171H School of Science


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

Course Coordinator: Prof Rick Franich

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed following course/s before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Course Description

This is a research project course. You will be required to implement a Masters-level research project by conducting lab/field work and/or surveys and/or other work to address your project’s research aim and objectives. 

You will communicate your project findings through oral presentations and written reports.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to contribute to those PLOs of the Science Masters by Coursework degrees for which this course is a University elective. The course will contribute to the following MC191 Master of Environmental Science and Technology PLOs:

  • Understanding science: by demonstrating a coherent understanding of environmental science (aligned with MC191 PLOs 1.1, 1.2)
  • Scientific knowledge: by exhibiting depth and breadth of environmental science knowledge (aligned with MC191 PLO 2.1)
  • Inquiry and problem solving: by critically analysis and solving of problems in environmental science (aligned with MC191 PLOs 2.2, 2.3)
  • Communication: by being an effective communicator of environmental sciences (aligned with MC191 PLOs 2.4, 2.5)
  • Personal and professional responsibility: by being accountable for individual learning and scientific work in environmental science (aligned with MC191 PLOs 3.1, 3.2, 3.3)

This course is particularly important in the development of graduate attributes related to innovation, work readiness, global outlook, environmental awareness, social awareness and life long learning.

After completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Conduct an independent research project under supervision
  2. Adhere to responsible laboratory or field practice regarding data collection and recording, ethics and other permitting, laboratory and field safety
  3. Demonstrate time and project management in the successful implementation of a research project, including collection of accurate and precise data, critical analysis and interpretation of results, retrieval of information, and critical reading of scientific literature
  4. Prepare a thesis (draft, edit, format, check for errors)
  5. Disseminate your findings orally through seminars, and in written form through a poster and lay summary.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include any or all of the following:

  1. Undertaking a research topic in consultation with a research supervisor, including collecting, collating and analysing data
  2. Preparing a project outline that includes project aims, objectives, an indicative summary of methodology, and potential outcomes
  3. Undertaking a literature review related to the topic, including preparing a reference list
  4. Planning for, and performing project work under the guidance of a supervisor
  5. Participating in supervisory meetings and attending departmental seminars
  6. Writing and editing a thesis in consultation with a supervisor
  7. Preparing and presenting a short (3 minute) seminar on the research project
  8. Preparing and submitting a longer (15 minute) narrated presentation on the research project
  9. Preparing and submitting a lay summary of your project and poster describing the project

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

Overview of Learning Resources


RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course

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

Assessment Task

Assessment Task 1: Thesis

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 

Assessment Task 2: Presentation of project findings

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 6, 7, 8 & 9


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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.