Course Title: Integrated Policy and Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrated Policy and Research Project

Credit Points: 24.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Gregory Stratton

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 3021

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B37.L4.R14B

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed POLI1095 Evidence, Policy and Practice 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 course will enable you to engage in a research project based on an issue relating to your professional context. It is designed as a capstone experience to enable you to synthesize and integrate knowledge, connect theory and practice as well as demonstrate holistic achievement of program learning outcomes.

The capstone experience requires you to identify, gather and utlise data and information to respond to a problem, need or industry issue. You will creatively explore real-world issues, simulating the role of policy worker in the professional practice context. The course provides an opportunity for you to more deeply investigate a particular area of scholarship and professional practice in the field.

It may be possible for you to align your project with your professional work if you are already employed in the sector, or to conduct the project in conjunction an organisation that you have a relationship with. This needs to be approved by the course coordinator

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Use strategic thinking and planning to develop creative evidence-based solutions for contemporary social problems/policy issues
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories, evidence and modes of reasoning, and recent developments both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in public policy
  • Analyse policy research, develop effective arguments for policy change and successfully scope, produce and disseminate policy evidence, using these skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project
  • Engage in high level logical and persuasive written communication and public presentations, and confidently debate, prepare and critique policy documents and proposals
  • Critically analyse the social, political, organisational, economic and environmental drivers that both enable and limit public policy reform and apply to professional practice
  • Use appropriate ethical ideas and reflective practice skills to engage in professional policy practice and scholarship

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  • Plan, design and manage an applied research project
  • Engage with appropriate professional and scholarly literature
  • Apply appropriate research approaches and methods to respond to an authentic industry problem or address contemporary issues faced in organisations
  • Present a project which appropriately communicates the key findings and the implication  of these for policy and practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course may be offered in online and face-to-face modes. You will participate in workshops/seminars through the semester as well as undertaking independent research activities. You will be actively engaged in learning that involves class discussion and peer critique.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided, including books, journal articles and web resources. An introductory overview of key literature, concepts and processes/methods relevant to your project and working with industry will be available as well as additional references are also provided to you if you wish to follow particular themes in more detail. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include a combination of presentations, individual and group participation as well as a research report.

Assessment Tasks

Research Proposal 10% (CLO 1) - 500 words

Progress Report 20% (CLO 1-4) - 1000 words

Final Report 70% (CLO 1-4) - 7000-8000 words

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 program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

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