Course Title: Engaged in Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engaged in Research

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


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

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Kim Humphery

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8257

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8.10.12

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course assumes that you are currently enrolled in, or have completed, at least one of the Honours Thesis Courses: HUSO2373 or HUSO2374, have an Honours Supervisor, and are engaged in the formulation and progression of your Honours Research Project. 

Course Description

Engaged in Research is a core course in a number of GUSS Honours Programs. It assumes that you have at least commenced research for your honours thesis and may also be involved in 'writing-up' your thesis. The course is designed to extend your familiarity with your field(s) of research by encouraging you to engage with the research of others, as delivered through research seminars, public talks, conferences or professional presentations (either face-to-face or online). The course thus deepens your connection with a research community in your discipline and familiarises you with research networks. 

Given this focus, there is an expectation that you will critically engage with the research presentations of others relevant to your research field and disciplinary area (as approved and directed by your program coordinator and/or supervisor). Through doing so, you will develop a stronger sense of current theoretical, methodological, and political debates in your field – and draw on this knowledge in the further development of your thesis. 

Your learning in this course will be facilitated through a series of discussion-based workshops, chaired by the course coordinator and involving guest presentations. You will participate also in research network activities – seminars and presentations – either individually or with other students. Reflection in this course will take the form of short written pieces which explicitly link to your thesis research.     

If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM). See the WAM information web page for more information. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Knowledge of your field(s) of research 
  • Critical awareness of key issues in your disciplinary area and research field(s) 
  • Advanced undergraduate theoretical and analytical skills 
  • Advanced undergraduate written and verbal communication skills 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  • Ability to engage with, comprehend and critique information and knowledge from a variety of written and presented sources – and reflect on and evaluate the relevance of this knowledge for research 
  • Ability to critically examine key literature and theoretical knowledge in a specific field of research.  

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

  1. Locate your research in a broader field, through active participation in colloquia activities. 
  2. Critically analyse the significance, scope and limitations of key concepts and debates in your field/discipline. 
  3. Synthesise reflection and scholarly readings to better inform and articulate theoretical, methodological, and political aspects of your honours thesis. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Engaged in Research is run as a semester-based workshop series. In addition to this, students will individually identify and attend between four to six research seminars, public talks, conferences or professional presentations relevant to your discipline/field of research (as approved and directed by your program coordinator and/or your supervisor). Attendance at these events may be face-to-face or online. You will be required to critically reflect on the content of the presentations you attend, especially in relation to how they are situated within the relevant academic discipline or field of knowledge.  

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will be guided to a range of resources, directly relevant to course workshops  and the research orientation of the presentations you chose to attend. You will be encouraged to read more broadly through access to online learning tools and content for your course from via myRMIT and RMIT Library resources. These resources may include books and book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.     

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment will include: 

Task 1: Description and evaluation of – and reflection on – 4 to 6 research presentations, 2000 words, 50% weighting, CLO 1 & 2 

Task 2: Verbal conference presentation, 10 minutes  (equivalent to 2000 words) + verbal response to questions, 50% weighting, CLO 3 


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.  

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 course coordinator or RMIT Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.