RESEARCH PHILOSOPHY AND DESIGN

BUS5RPD

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject considers the fundamental epistemological premises on which research may be developed. It explores ways of formulating research question(s), propositions and hypotheses, and identifies assumptions and theories that are relevant in the development of a conceptual framework for research. This subject provides students with an understanding of research design as the foundation for effective and informed research. It emphasises a systematic approach to developing rigour in research design, building theoretical and paradigmatic links from a research idea to the design of a research project. It will cover principles of the scientific method, key epistemological perspectives in business and social sciences, and argument analysis. The aim of these topics is to provide an understanding and appreciation of both the theoretical and practical foundations of research design, and to inform subsequent analyses of how to select different research methods.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorZahirul Hoque

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites This subject is designed for Hons and Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) students such as PhD and Masters by research. Any variation to this rule for any special cases must be approved by the Subject Coordinator.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSocial Research MethodsPrescribedBryman, Alan 2014 (4th edition)Oxford University Press
Discipline SpecificMethodologial Issues in Accounting ResearchRecommendedHoque, Zahirul 2006Spiramus, London

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Enhance awareness of the multiple and epistemological and ontological perspectives that underpin research.

Activities:
Seminars, readings, class discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

02. Understand notions of theory, theory building and theoretical contribution across the social sciences and business research fields.

Activities:
Seminars, readings, class discussions and both assessment items.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

03. Evaluate the literature, philosophical traditions, methods and problems associated with several topics.

Activities:
Seminars, readings, class discussions and both assessment items.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

04. Apply knowledge of ontological, epistemological, methodological and procedural assumptions to the preparation of papers that demonstrate an advanced understanding of the assumptions, methodology, techniques and results of research.

Activities:
Seminars, readings, class discussions and both assessment items.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

05. Have an appropriate understanding of the purpose of research design: method, methodologies, and theoretical perspectives.

Activities:
Seminars, readings, class discussions and both assessment items.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

06. Understand how to develop an appropriate research proposal for a relevant research area and questions.

Activities:
Seminars, readings, class discussions and both assessment items.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

07. Understand issues of research quality and research ethics.

Activities:
Seminars, readings, class discussions and both assessment items.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorZahirul Hoque

Class requirements

Seminar
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2500 word individual assignment (literature review)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
One 2500 word individual assignment (research project design)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
One 1000 word individual reflexive written assignment (on elements 1 and 2)20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07