Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Develops the student’s understanding of business and social science research methods. It examines how the collection, analysis and interpretation of data inform business decision-making. The unit prepares students to undertake an independent research project.

Unit content

Topic 1:    The research process
Topic 2:    Initiating a research project
Topic 3:    The literature review: Purpose and process
Topic 4:    Designing a research project: The influence of research paradigms
Topic 5:    Designing a research project: Choosing a research design
Topic 6:    Quantitative research methods
Topic 7:    Qualitative research methods
Topic 8:    Designing a research project: The role of human ethics
Topic 9:    Sampling: Principles and practices
Topic 10:  Introduction to quantitative data analysis
Topic 11:  Introduction to qualitative data analysis
Topic 12:  Reporting research: Written and oral approaches

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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