Course Title: Research Design and Methods

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Design and Methods

Credit Points: 12.00

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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

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

  • PLO1: Determine and apply advanced knowledge of complex theory to inform decision making in the local and global professional arena, demonstrating expert judgement and ethical decision making in your professional practice and discipline
  • PLO3: Research and analyse theoretical knowledge and published data to address the diverse requirements of stakeholders, formulating strategic business solutions for complex projects
  • PLO4: Professionally communicate strategy, processes, propositions and/or decision making across the related sectors, leading and negotiating effectively with diverse stakeholders
  • PLO5: Provide strategic advise to implement new directions within your professional field, responding to new and emerging industry trends and directions.

If you are enrolled in MC282, in this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Professionally communicate and justify project scope, design, implementation, strategy and /or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders across a range of industry sectors.
  • Integrate and apply appropriate research methodologies and tools to design and execute applied professional practice and research projects, evaluate the outcomes and theorise about the contribution of your learning to the profession and knowledge arena
  • Utilise specific research and technical skills to develop and implement occupational health and safety strategies and solutions that address complex problems and issues to enhance health and safety deliverables and governance in creative and sustainable ways 

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

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.

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.

Equitable Learning Services

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more. 

An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.