Course Title: Research Design and Methods

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Design and Methods

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


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,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Andrea Sharam

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 1439

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.08.09

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces the concepts of research and knowledge from a broad philosophical perspective, and moves towards details of literature review, research design, data collection methods, analysis and thesis writing. You will examine philosophical, theoretical, ethical and methodological concepts and processes associated with academic research activities within the disciplines related to the practice of property, construction and project management. You will also be given the opportunity to define and develop a research problem through your critical and creative analysis of various literature appropriate to your selected topic and justify your theoretical and methodological approach to the research problem you investigate.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes in your program. Please refer to your program guide for further information

MC209 Master of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building - PLOs 1,2,3,4,5

MC210 Master of Project Management - PLOs 1,3,4,5,7

MC212 Master of Property  - PLOs 1,2,3,5,6

MC282 Master Occupational Health and Safety - PLOs 3,5,7   

GC210 Graduate Certificate in Design Management - PLOs 1,2,3,4,5

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. CLO1: Critically analyse and apply industry professional knowledge, theoretical, philosophical,  methodological and ethical concepts towards the development of a research proposal
  2. CLO2: Conduct a literature search of relevant material to enable appreciation, synthesis, conceptualisation and construction of a sustained, logical, creative and complex literary argument to position a research study within a specific disciplinary context
  3. CLO3: Evaluate research strategies and justify a selected methodological approach and method for inquiry to answer a research question derived from professional and theoretical critique
  4. CLO4: Produce a research proposal which describes the rationale of the research problem and analysis of professional significance, the academic scholarly literary context, problem conceptualisation and the research inquiry strategy
  5. CLO5: Critically engage in the discourse taking place within a particular field of research and debate and discuss the various arguments in a balanced, authoritative and objective manner

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning in this course will comprise a mix of lectures and tutorials. You will engage in a range of learning activities which may include class discussions and problem-based activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

To support your learning, learning resources for this course include a wide range of texts, refereed journal articles and associated materials accessible via the Internet.  As well as these references material is also provided in a Skills Package which includes Lecture Notes and Readings.  The Canvas website will include Weekly Study Guides in the form of the Lecture Notes. The site will also contain a list of discussion topics/exercises for Weekly Workshops

There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student website.


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.

Relevant to programs: MC209. MC210, MC212, MC282

Assignment 1 - Research Question & Rationale - 325 words  (20%) [Individual] CLOs 1, 2, 3 ,4, 5

Assignment 2 - Preliminary Literature Review - 1250 words  (40%) [Individual] CLOs 1, 2, 3 ,4, 5

Assignment 3 - Research Design - 1200 words (40%) [Individual] CLOs 1, 2, 3 ,4, 5

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Relevant to Program: GC210

Assessment Task 1: Proposed Research Topic Presentation to Panel (15%) - CL01. CL04, CLO5

Assessment Task 2: Literature Review (50%) - CLO1, CLO2, CLO5

Assessment Task 3: Defined Research Project Presentation and Report (35%) - CLO1 CLO3, CLO4, CLO5

Equitable Learning Services

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

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