Unit description

This unit uses work-integrated learning (WIL) to apply management theory in practice. Students are encouraged to identify a management issue within an organisation and use evidence-based management theory to address the problem. This course encourages the development of critical thought, research skills and provides a context to apply evidence based management theory in practice.

Unit content

Topic 1: Why undertake a Management research project, using central tendency

Topic 2: Determining the goals of any research project. Developing a research framework and understanding

Topic 3: Research methods: quantitative, qualitative; research tools: Why do we use surveys, interviews, focus groups and other methods to collect data? “The walk must equal the talk” and the importance of observation

Topic 4: In the workplace: Find organisation and agree on what must be done

Topic 5: In the workplace: collecting the data (interview or survey)

Topic 6: Writing the report: Methods and Analysis

Topic 7: Dealing with data collection and analysis

Topic 8: Writing the report: Discussion and Conclusion

Topic 9: Answering the secondary and primary research questions

Topic 10: Bringing it all together in writing the report for industry

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 2

  • Ghauri, P & Gronhaug, K, 2005, Research Methods in Business Studies: A Practical Guide, Financial Times Prentice Hall, UK.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Exam: closed book40%

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Teaching method
Structured online learning
Exam: closed book40%

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Fee information


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