Course Title: Higher Degree Research Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Higher Degree Research Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Note: This course is taught fully online for this teaching period, and not face-to-face. 

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


610P BUS Portfolio Office


RSCHYr2022 (RP24)


City Campus


665H Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain


RSCHYr2023 (RP32)

Course Coordinator: Alemayehu Molla

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99255803

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B080-08-019

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.  PhD Candidates will be expected to have completed the first semester of their RMIT College of a Business and Law programs courses Research Philosophy and Design, and Research Methods and Impact

Course Description

This course aims to support candidates to develop a high-quality research project proposal ready to be presented for candidature of confirmation milestone. 

The focus is on equipping candidates on the practical issues of developing a comprehensive proposal, applying concepts of research engagement and translation considerations in their research design and planning and getting an ethical approval for their project. 

Candidates will also be exposed how to establish the relevance, significance, and value to sustainable, ethical, business/community activity of their project.  

The course will be modular in structure allowing candidates to complete the components they need to prepare for their research project and to enable more granular recognition of prior learning. 

This course is compulsory for all PhD and MRes candidates prior to CoC 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

To complete this course, candidates would be expected to demonstrate: 

a. critical thinking through further analysis of current research projects as published, including exemplar theses, 

b. collaboration and emotional intelligence through providing and accepting constructive feedback on the research proposals, and participation in a team presentation,  

c. high-level communication skills through oral and written presentations of their own research proposals, and their critical evaluation of exemplar theses, 

d. creativity by gaining insights into different perspectives on relevant research through continuing exploration of literature, exemplar theses and the proposals of their peers, 

e. ethical and social considerations through analysis of ethical factors in their own research and other research projects, and the construction of applications for ethical approval of their research and  

f. independent work towards the completion of a substantial and unique research proposal. 

On successful completion of the course, candidates will be able to:​ 

CLO1 define a significant research puzzle/problem/need through problematisation of existing literature and practice and challenging the assumptions underlying it, 

CLO2 formulate substantive research questions that are likely to lead to the discovery of knowledge that leads to influential contribution and impact, 

CLO3 apply concepts and frameworks which promote successful research engagement, translation and impact in the design of their research,  

CLO4 develop a research project by applying relevant philosophical, theoretical, and methodology insights and by acknowledging the role of ethics, integrity and impact in the unique kinds of Business and Law research areas  

CLO5 justify a research proposal with high-level of communication skills through oral and written presentations. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered in seminar style and will require presentations from candidates as they critically analyse exemplar theses, assess resources and ethical considerations, and develop their own proposals and plans.  

Overview of Learning Resources

No special resources required. 

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Task 1: 30% 

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 5 

Assessment Task 2: 50% 

Linked CLOs: 1,2,3,4,5

Assessment Task 3: 20%  

Linked CLOs: 4, 5