Course Title: Professional Folio and Scientific Research Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Folio and Scientific Research Development

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2007


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Mr Phred Petersen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2502

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 5.2.38

Course Coordinator Availability: Fridays 9:30-3:30

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

PHYS2103 Scientific Imaging and Illustration 1

Course Description

Professional Folio and Research Development is a core course for final year students in the Scientific Major of the Bachelor of Arts Photography Program, and is designed to help you develop proposals for the self-directed research project and self directed photographic portfolio that will be produced in VART 2985 Professional Imaging Folio.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop capabilities in project development and proposal production for self-initiated projects.

Upon successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

Produce a clearly articulated proposal for self-directed project work.
Design and initiate an independent research project.
Critically analyse personal work and the work of others within the framework of a given brief, assuring that the outcome meets the needs of the client.
Manage time effectively and plan workflow to meet deadlines.
Be able to present yourself and your work to the industry in a professional manner.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lecture topics will cover research methods, project management, and presentation skills relevant to the research project that is undertaken in VART 2985 Professional Imaging Folio. This may include familiarisation with library resources and databases, short written assignments, and literature reviews of applied imaging areas. Weekly small group meetings provide a discussion forum for your specific research interests and project development. Discussions of the applications of scientific imaging in industry and research, and of contemporary work  in these areas will aid in the development of  a proposal for a self-directed photographic portfolio that is also produced in VART 2985 Professional imaging Folio.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no single textbook for this course, as the topic areas are very diverse, and are likely to be covered in numerous sources. Lectures will be supported with handouts, materials distributed online via the DLS and specific references where appropriate. Participants will be encouraged to keep a Computation Book of all assignments and developmental photographic works. Information specific to an individual’s area of interest will be accessed through the resources provided by the RMIT Library.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based upon tasks relevant to the topics for your portfolio and research project development, and may include:

Submission of weekly activity reports, short literature reviews, and survey papers.

Developmental photographic works to shape the direction of your photographic portfolio.

Final proposals for your self-directed research project and photographic portfolio.