Unit description

Requires students to prepare a research proposal, including determination of a research problem relating to tourism, hospitality or events, conducting a literature review and preliminary data collection as well as identifying ethical dimensions in order to prepare an ethics application. Students work independently in accordance with an approved research plan.

Unit content

1. Research planning and design 
2. Refinement of the research topic 
3. Development of a research proposal including:
      a. a description of the research problem
      b. identification of the parent literature relating to the research problem
      c. a research framework to 'map out' the structure of the preliminary literature review
      d. identification of research issues/propositions which may need investigation  
      e. a theoretical and methodological structure for the study. 
4. Preparation of an ethics application 
5. Presentation of preliminary findings

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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Session 2

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Session 3

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Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Self-directed project By agreement (By agreement)
Research ProposalSR
Literature review50%
Ethics ApplicationSR

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Fee information


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