Course Title: Industry Research Project 01

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industry Research Project 01

Credit Points: 48.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Simon Thornton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9313

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B080 F6 R029

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study:
Course ID 054183 Developing Professionally; and
Course ID 036812 Work, Health, Safety & Wellbeing; and
Course ID 054435 Impact Academy 1a.

Course Description

This Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course, Industry Research Project (IRP01), is the first of two 48 credit point courses that provides you with the opportunity to commence, or link into an existing piece of research, in collaboration with an industry partner or employer. The research area must be commensurate with a subject discipline from within the College of Business and Law. This is distinct in pre-agreed work/scope from that of a more general business internship course option.

Partner organisations may be from a diverse range of industries and sectors, including private industry and not-for-profit organisations.

While undertaking this course you will be supported and individually mentored by RMIT experts from disciplines relevant to your research project. You will also have access to exclusive professional and career-development opportunities through the College of Business and Law’s Professional Practice Academy.

In this course, you are expected to undertake the equivalent of 480 work hours in total, and this should occur across a pre-specified timespan, for example 12+ weeks in a ‘full-time’ capacity spread across the semester or teaching period. Using the Fair Work Commission guidelines, RMIT recommends that the maximum you should work without pay is 240 hours. Therefore, placements on this course should either be at 50% or 100% remuneration at the current minimum wage level or above.


Before you start your proposed role and/or project, you must seek approval by the responsible academic to ensure this is in line with your current study pathway.

After enrolment and before commencement of IRP01 research project, the following must be completed:

  • You will be supported to identify an appropriate research project (with a proposed timeframe of 480 hours/12 weeks), which you will then apply for. 

  • A WIL Agreement must be completed by you, the host organisation, and RMIT University. 

  • The research project agreement and associated documents must be recorded in the university’s InPlace WIL system.

  • Projects that require international travel must be registered through RMIT Global Mobility’s Mobi system.

  • Assessment requirements should be read and understood prior to commencing your research project.

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Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course may be completed as a standalone research project, or more commonly, will signal the beginning of a year- long research partnership between student and sponsor employer/industry partner (with the subsequent completion of IRP02).  

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

CLO1: Apply research theories and concepts; and use disciplinary knowledge to design research studies in response to business problems.

CLO2: Produce robust research project proposals and reflect on any constructive feedback received to improve this approach.

CLO3: Implement appropriate research tools in response to industry briefs, either as an individual or as part of a team in the host organisation.

CLO4: Demonstrate professional capabilities such as the ability to work collaboratively, meet deadlines and interact with others inclusively and professionally.

CLO5: Integrate and apply relevant disciplinary knowledge to support research outcomes in real world contexts.

CLO6: Reflect on the development of your research skills and professional capabilities through the experiences gained in IRP01, develop your personal narrative showcase and adding evidence to your personal Business Graduate Folio.

Overview of Learning Activities

Throughout this course you will be provided with information and resources via Canvas to guide you through an experiential learning process in relation to the practical work you complete for your chosen organisation. 

Learning will be supported with practical tasks; seeking and providing peer feedback; and reflective praxis. In addition, personal research and development activities and recommended readings will cement knowledge gained. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. You have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Contact: Ask the Library for assistance and information on Library resources and services: Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.  Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows.

Assessment Task 1:10%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 6

Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs:  1, 2, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 30%
Linked CLOs:   2, 3, 5

Assessment Task 4: 10%
Linked CLOs: 3, 4, 6

Assessment Task 5: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on progress, outcomes and approaches, and by individual consultation.