Course Title: Research Laboratory Two

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Laboratory Two

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Alexia Kannas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0968

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9, Level 4

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to make an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses

COMM2474 Research Laboratory One

COMM2353 Research Strategies: Design/Creative Practice

before you commence this course.


Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required sills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you mya be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information: Credit at RMIT

Course Description

Research Laboratory Two contributes to the research training and outcomes of your Honours research with a particular focus on writing and editing.The laboratory is an interdisciplinary space where you will develop specific, high quality research, which will form the basis of your examinable honours work. 

Throughout the semester you will receive various feedback and critique of your research drafts as well as build on the skills and knowledge developed in Research Laboratory One.

If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM). 

See the WAM information web page for more information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • work collaboratively and ethically in interdisciplinary team
  • demonstrate leadership through developing projects and collaborative processes and be able to explain why this work matters to others in appropriate ways.

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

  • explain research as a complex set of practices in diverse disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts to a variety of audiences
  • exercise critical judgement around key issues within your disciplinary field, and compare these to the issues in other disciplines
  • reflect upon your research in terms of contemporary theory and practice, as well as collaborative processes and outcomes.

Overview of Learning Activities

The laboratory will be facilitated by a research leader (lecturer). Your learning will involve a range of activities, including oral presentations, readings, class discussion, presentation and critique of work in progress, and the completion of a variety of tasks that complement your honours research.

Overview of Learning Resources

A variety of resources will be provided by the research leader, including essays, journal articles and web resources. Resources related to academic writing, citation, and publication requirements will be provided, together with project management resources to facilitate project development and completion.

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.   Assessment Tasks:   Task 1 Submission of draft thesis or exegesis for peer review [0% Linked course learning outcomes: 1]. Note this task is not graded, but is a required to facilitated Task 2, as outlined below   Task 2 Peer Review and Editing Report [50% Linked course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3]   Task 3 Draft Abstract [50% Linked course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3]   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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.