Course Title: Research Investigation 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Investigation 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


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 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Bambang Trigunarsyah

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1780

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8 Level 8 Room 70

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

From 1 January 2016

Enforced Prerequisite: 049313 Research Design and Methods

Prior to 2016

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course BUSM4420 Research Design and Methods 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.  Further information:;ID=x94or0ccuu7k

Course Description

This course requires you to undertake the initial stage of research into a particular area of project management, property or sustainable building. This course will provide the basis of your thesis to be completed in Research Investigation 2 - BUSM3214. 

The course provides you with the opportunity to undertake and produce an individual research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor from within the School. Input and guidance from an industry mentor is encouraged, but not required.

Your learning in this course will expand your knowledge of a particular aspect of the built environment and further develop your critical thinking and written and oral communication skills. Your research problem will typically be triggered by ’real world’ practice, and you will develop your skills as a reflective practitioner by interpreting and ’making sense’ of professional practice issues within the theoretical knowledge related to the built environment.

This course will: develop your ability to conceptualise an industry or professional practice problem as a research problem; develop your knowledge of the techniques involved in the preparation of the initial stages of a research project.; develop your ability to undertake independent research, including to critically analyse and integrate project management theoretical knowledge in response to an area of research in the built environment and develop your ability to produce a detailed research proposal, supported by a review of the literature.



Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

If you are enrolled in the MC210 Master of Project Management program, in this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex project management theory, principles and best practice to applied projects to contribute to the profession and discipline of project management
  • Critically analyse synthesise and reflect on project management theory and developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  • Professionally communicate and justify project scope, design, implementation, strategy and /or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders across a range of industry sectors
  • Apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively address the diverse needs of project stakeholders, formulating innovative solutions and demonstrating independent and sound decision making related to your professional practice and the discipline
  • Utilise specific research and technical skills to strategically develop and implement project management strategies and solutions that are responsive to complex sustainable and economic theories and enhance project value, delivery and governance

If you are enrolled in the MC212 Master of Property program, in this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply advanced knowledge of complex property theory to inform decision making in the local and global professional arena, demonstrating expert judgement and ethical decision making in your professional practice and discipline  
  • Integrate and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to address industry problems and/or commercial opportunities in property 
  • Research and analyse theoretical knowledge and published data to address the diverse requirements of property stakeholders, formulating strategic business solutions for complex property projects 
  • Professionally communicate property strategy, processes, propositions and/or decision making across the property and related sectors, leading and negotiating effectively with diverse stakeholders
  • Analyse and apply social, legal, economic and environmental policy frameworks to inform and justify decision making and to provide strategic, evidenced based advice as a property professional
  • Utilise appropriate research methodologies and methods to design and execute a substantial research based or professionally focused project, evaluate the outcomes and contribute to the property profession and the field of knowledge in the discipline

If you are enrolled in the MC209 Master of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building program this course will develop the following learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex sustainable building theory, principles and practice, to contribute to the design and management of sustainable buildings
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on sustainable building theory and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  • Professionally communicate and justify sustainable building design principles, strategies, solutions and/or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders, including across the government and industry sectors
  • Design innovative building solutions responsive to sustainability performance targets, demonstrating independent and sound decision making related to your professional practice and the discipline
  • Integrate and apply appropriate technical skills, research methodologies and tools to plan and execute professional practice and research projects, evaluate the outcomes and effectively communicate the results to contribute to the knowledge arena



Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Conceptualise a research problem or issue within the field of project management, property or sustainable building
  2. Critically analyse an area of research in relation to the professional and/or practical context of a built environment issue or problem
  3. Undertake independent research to develop and evidence a research proposal
  4. Analyse and synthesise relevant literature to construct a logical and creative response to a research problem
  5. Evaluate research strategies and justify and describe a selected method for inquiry
  6. Produce a research presentation that defines logically and creatively a research topic and the methodology to investigate a problem or issue

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning in this course will take place through a mix of lectures and workshops. To support your learning, you will engage in a range of learning activities including research group discussions on topics and strategic lectures, presentations of progress of work and weekly contact with supervisor.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems including a reference list and lecture will be available via the myRMIT site for this course.

A range of learning resources will also support your learning including electronic journals and recommended databases.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.  Assessment consists of:

  • Task 1 - Research topic presentation: The aim of this assignment is to present a preliminary research proposal. The Power-point presentation should include the title of the research, background, aim, objectives, some key references and the timeline. 10% weighting. CLO1, CLO2.
  • Task 2 - Literature review: This assessment task requires you to produce a literature review in which you analyse and synthesise key peer reviewed literature relevant to your selected research topic. The key purpose of your literature review is to enable you to identify the research gaps/problems that relate to your research topic and to situate your topic in the context of current literature.  40% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO4.
  • Task 3 - Research Proposal: The aim of this assignment is to present a critique of literature, a conceptual model and methodology that defines a project management problem and seeks to propose a solution to investigate the research problem in a scholarly written academic style.  50% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Equitable Learning Services

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.