Course Title: Honours Thesis in Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Honours Thesis in Context

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


610P BUS Portfolio Office


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Professor Francis Farrelly

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1475

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, Level 10, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 3000.

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


This course is for students undertaking the Bachelor of Business (Honours) Program.

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. For further information visit Recognition of prior learning (RPL) in Higher Education.

Course Description

In this course you will develop the background and context of the Honours Research Thesis in consultation with an academic supervisor. You will be directed to key publications relevant to your area of study, identify a gap in the knowledge in the area and specify research questions in order to guide the design of your research project and make a scholarly contribution to the field. Your supervisor will be available for consultation to discuss progress, provide appropriate feedback and assist you in refining a research idea that is appropriate for a short Honours study period.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On the successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify a researchable, significant topic of research in a business discipline area.
  2. Examine and critique a body of literature in a specific area of study.
  3. Reflect critically on existing theories and conflicting evidence.
  4. Define a problematic issue and develop relevant research questions.
  5. Determine and evaluate the proposed research contribution the study will make.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will occur in liaison with your supervisor. Though some references may be supplied you are expected to become familiar with library usage, survey the relevant literature independently and develop a critical approach to assessing published literature.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to utilize library and electronic resources (as well as any other appropriate resources). Resources and tools to facilitate your learning and extensive course materials are available on myRMIT Studies/Canvas. Online library resources are available through RMIT Library online. Hard copy resources will be made available as appropriate.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop:

Assessment Task 1: 80%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 2: 20%
Linked CLOs: 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.