Course Title: Industry Research Project 02

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industry Research Project 02

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 054444 Industry Research Project 01

Course Description

This Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course, Industry Research Project 02 (IRP02), is the second of two 48 credit point courses that provide students in the Bachelor of Business Professional Practice with the opportunity to take part in a research project 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. You need to complete Industry Research Project 01 (IRP01) before undertaking IRP02.

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 IRP02 research, the following must be completed:

  • For those continuing with previous (IRP01) research connections, a new research agreement, showing the additional (IRP02) or new aspects of the research, must be completed.

  • For those looking for an additional (new project or partner) project that is distinct from the one they completed in IRP01: 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.

For all IRP02 students:

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

  • The research 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 internship.

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Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

CLO1: Identify and apply appropriate research theories and concepts to investigate a range of business problems.

CLO2: Incorporate feedback and setbacks, using these as tools to redefine investigative approaches as required, throughout the research process.

CLO3: Evaluate research outcomes and interpret findings in real world contexts, communicating these appropriately to a range of stakeholders.

CLO4: Demonstrate professional capabilities such as the ability to communicate effectively in a range of modes (verbal, text, digital); meet deadlines and articulate a global mindset.

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

CLO6: Reflect on the continued development of your research skills and professional capabilities through the experiences gained in IRP02, and further develop your personal narrative showcase, adding evidence to your 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 will 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, 4, 5, 6

Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 20%
Linked CLOs:   3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 4: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment Task 5:10%
Linked CLOs: 4, 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.