Course Title: Social Work Honours Thesis 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Work Honours Thesis 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Sonia Martin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3483

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You must have successfully completed Social Work Honours Thesis 1 in order to undertake this course.

Course Description

This is the second of two courses in the Honours Program, that will culminate in the development of your Thesis. Your thesis, a representation of your research project constitutes the major piece of work undertaken during the Honours year. The centrality of the research thesis is reflected in the credit points and percentage of the assessment assigned to it.

During this course, under research supervision, you will revise the work you have developed in Honours Thesis Part A. You will investigate new sources, gather and organise data, sustain an interpretative discussion, and present an argument in a logical and coherent form. In this course, you will be expected to move from draft stages to the submission of the final version of your thesis.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

Use appropriate research methods to independently design and execute a professional or research project, and communicate using diverse formats and strategies to stakeholders within and external to your discipline

Course Learning Outcomes

The objective of this course is to help you to develop your abilities to plan and manage a structured research project. It is designed to provide you with an opportunity to be responsible for the identification of project milestones, adherence to self-imposed deadlines, maintenance of a project database and management of communications with research project stakeholders including supervisory staff.

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

  1. demonstrate high order knowledge in a discipline area related to your research,
  2. demonstrate thorough and extensive knowledge of relevant contemporary literature,
  3. prepare and present professional academic papers,
  4. apply theoretical understanding to the interpretation of substantive research findings,
  5. develop and sustain a substantial argument over the length of the thesis,
  6. demonstrate the use of critical and cogent analysis skills.

Overview of Learning Activities

The research thesis component will incorporate the following tasks:

  • Research project planning and design,
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Thesis drafting,
  • Preparation, presentation and editing of thesis text.

You will undertake the learning activities, in this course, independently under the supervision of an expert in your field of research. Some activities may include group supervision and/or discussion.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access a wide range of resources and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and the RMIT Library. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video and links to external websites.

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.

You will undertake one milestone task in this course to demonstrate adequate progress. There will be one formal assessment task to be submitted at the end of the semester. This will be a research-based monograph of 10,000 - 12,000 words (maximum).

The thesis will be assessed wherever possible, by two examiners. If there is a divergence of 10 percentage points or less between both assessor reports the average of both marks shall be awarded. If the divergence is 10 or more percentage points the mark will be determined at a meeting of the Honours Assessment Committee, (comprising the Coordinator, Discipline Leader, Supervisor and assessors).

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 director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca