Course Title: Industry Project (Research)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industry Project (Research)

Credit Points: 12.00

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City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design




City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design




City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design



Course Coordinator: Esther Charlesworth

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will develop a pre/post disaster or development strategy for a real world scenario project. You will develop a research project either in a group or individually on appropriate research methodology and investigate it during this course. Through your research project you will explore the links between development, design and disasters, and how the design of the built environment can lead to effective post-disaster recovery and disaster risk reduction. Feedback on your research project will be provided by industry practitioners in leading disaster and international development agencies within the sector.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  • Formulate and evaluate collaborative design informed strategies before and after disaster, while working within the constraints of industry needs in the post-disaster and development sectors 
  • Determine and apply specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice in disaster, design and development 
  • Professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes to address specialist and non-specialist audiences 
  • Use appropriate research methods to develop and implement complex projects, evaluate the outcomes and theorise about the contribution of your learning to the disaster management, design and development professions and knowledge areas 

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify and select appropriate research methods for working with post-disaster and development projects
  2. Critically analyse key design approaches that reduce disaster risk in disaster threatened contexts
  3. Formulate and assess design strategies and project management plans
  4. Design and develop a substantial research project in response to a brief
  5. Theorise about the contribution of your research to the profession and relevant knowledge areas

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in learning that involves a range of activities, both face-to-face and online, such as discussions, group work and research and will be delivered in intensive mode in either Melbourne or Barcelona. Learning how to analyse and comment on your own and others’ work will be achieved through individual presentations, reviews and discussions in groups.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems including myRMIT. Field-based seminars and meetings with experts and organisations will comprise key learning activities and resources. Additionally a list of recommended learning resources will be provided, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. The University Library has extensive resources for students.

The University Library has extensive resources for Landscape Architecture students including a collection of reference books and journals.

The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies;

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 RMIT student website.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes. Assessment can be done individually or in teams.

Assessment Tasks

1. Analysis of disaster and development case study - Individual research report (1,000 words) - 30%

This assessment task will address the following course learning outcomes

  • Critically analyse key design approaches that reduce disaster risk in disaster- threatened contexts
  • Formulate and assess design strategies and project management plans

2. Development of a research brief including identification of appropriate research methods for an adaptation strategy in response to a scenario - Group exercise - 20%

This assessment task will address the following course learning outcomes

  •  Identify and select appropriate research methods for working with post-disaster and development projects

3. Final report. Working in partnership with industry you will research and evaluate a disaster scenario at one stage in the disaster management cycle. You will develop and then respond to a research brief identifying and then applying appropriate research methods, review existing literature and formulate and evaluate a response. (2,500 words) - 50 %

This assessment task will address the following course learning outcomes

  • Design and develop a substantial research
  • Theorise about the contribution of your project in response to a brief research to the profession and relevant knowledge areas

You are strongly encouraged to collaborate with your peers in the course. 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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

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