Course Title: Research Practice Two

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Practice Two

Credit Points: 36.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Allan Thomas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3125

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9 Level 4 Room 36

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.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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.

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 which are available for review online: Assessment


Assessment Tasks

Submission of your thesis or project and exegesis.  100%

This assessment task addresses all of the Course Learning Outcomes.