Course Title: Research Practice Two

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Practice Two

Credit Points: 36.00

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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 Melody Ellis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1152

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9, Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to arrange an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course COMM2476 Research Practice One before you commence this course.


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.  Further information: Credit at RMIT


Course Description

In this course you will undertake a mix of self-directed and supervised research that is relevant to your honours research project. You will complete your research, presenting it in an appropriate way for examination, which may include a thesis, or project accompanied by a written exegesis for project-based research.

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:

  • Creatively and critically develop meaningful problems and synthesise research within media and communication in local and global contexts.
  • Develop deep knowledge of your field from international vantage points and exercise critical thinking to show its relevance to contemporary media and communication.
  • Use sophisticated, self-directed research as an integral part of your creative and critical reflective practice to innovate in knowledge creation.
  • Demonstrate leadership through developing projects and collaborative processes and be able to explain why this work matters to others in appropriate ways.
  • Evaluate the strengths and contributions of your own discipline and the value of other disciplines to research.

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

  • use a variety of approaches for undertaking complex research tasks
  • investigate a key question, debate or problem in your discipline via a research project
  • implement a successful research strategy
  • present the outcomes of a major research investigation/exploration in an appropriate way for your profession/discipline for examination
  • investigate a discipline specific problem, and articulate your analysis in writing
  • reflect upon your research in terms of contemporary theory and practice, as well as collaborative processes and outcomes.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will have regular, individual meetings with your supervisor, whose role is to mentor you in your research learning and the research outcomes you are seeking to achieve.

The major activities will be reading, writing, and making, as appropriate, in close consultation with your supervisor. An iterative cycle of making, critique, and remaking will form the basis of your research practice, whether you are working in thesis or project and exegesis mode.

Overview of Learning Resources

The key resources you use will be the University library (and other research libraries) and other relevant collecting institutions that may contain material relevant to your project (other libraries, galleries, archives). In addition you will utilise some form of bibliographic management tool, and a variety of online resources to document and store your research activities, including a research blog, citation manager, and a social bookmarking service.

Overview of Assessment

Your research project will be examined by two examiners, subject to RMIT University's Honours examination guidelines.

Assessment Tasks

Submission of your thesis or project and exegesis.  100%
This assessment task addresses all of the Course Learning Outcomes.

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.