Course Title: Research Procedures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Procedures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


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


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Brett Carter

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0356

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.29

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the concepts and procedures necessary to perform scientific research. Topics covered include: developing and critically assessing scientific research and research proposals; finding and synthesising relevant research literature; effective oral, graphical, and written presentation of scientific ideas. There is a strong expectation that you will seek to improve your ability to develop and express a logical argument through written and verbal communication.

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.)


The WAM web page link:;ID=eyj5c0mo77631

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you will be able to:

1. Describe the components of a research project and plan a program of research  which includes hypothesis, aims, methods and significance.
2. Synthesise and critically analyse existing research related literature, using advanced information retrieval techniques.
3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in both written dissertation and oral form.
4. Formulate and respond appropriately to critical questions about your own research and the research of other scientists.
5. Discuss the ethical responsibilities of a professional scientist.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH116 Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) and BH117 Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science):

1.1 Describe the fundamental and applied scientific knowledge that underpins the geospatial sciences.
1.3 Understand specialist bodies of knowledge in geospatial science.
1.5 Discern research directions and advances within geospatial science.
3.3 Apply critical and analytical skills in a scientific and professional manner.
5.2 Demonstrate a clear understanding of professional expectations and ethical requirements.
6.3 Professionally manage and use information.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be actively engaged in a series of weekly sessions, which include a mix of lectures, library and self-directed work, class discussions and student presentations.


Teacher Guided Hours: 24 per semester
Learner Directed Hours: 72 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

As a student enrolled in this course you will have access to extensive learning resources provided in the school and the RMIT Library, in addition to course-specific resources such as specific library books, journal articles, videos, and web resources. The course is supported by the Canvas learning management system.
A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this course will be by written assignment and oral presentation.

Early assessment task: Written report.
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 2, 3

Assessment task 2: Oral presentation with associated written presentation materials.
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs:  2, 3, 4

Assessment task 3: Written research abstract.
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs:  1, 3, 5

Assessment task 4: Oral presentation. 
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs:  2, 3, 4