Course Title: Honours Thesis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Honours Thesis

Credit Points: 48.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


610P BUS Portfolio Office


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 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.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study:
• 050513  Thesis in Practice
• 050512 Thesis in Context
• 050514 Qualitative Research Methods
• 050515 Quantitative Research Methods or 038461 Econometric Techniques                      

Course Description

This course provides you with an opportunity to explore a problem in depth, complete a critical review of literature on the topic, identify relevant theories and models for research, analyse and synthesize findings and report the outcome in a 15,000-word research thesis at a standard suitable for publication in a professional journal.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Develop advanced knowledge of a particular issue in an area of study.
  2. Undertake a critical review of the academic literature relevant to an area of study.
  3. Analyse and evaluate the theories and models that support the research area.
  4. Employ research methods and tools for gathering and analysing data.
  5. Communicate findings as an academic thesis.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course, you are required to undertake independent self-directed work. The direction of this course will be under the general guidance of a supervisor who has knowledge of the area of study and substantial research experience. You should meet with your supervisor on a regular basis to monitor the progress and direction of study. The thesis is to be submitted for examination with the approval of the supervisor. You should aim for a refereed conference paper from the thesis.

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: 100% (Honours Thesis)
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 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.