Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The subject begins by situating research methodology within an historical context such that the previously hard boundary between qualitative and quantitative methods is appreciated. The focus of the subject is on social and behavioural research as it relates to research in Business and Management Information Systems. The central role of the research question and its link to the development of a conceptual model, research objectives and methodology are given extensive coverage. A range of quantitative and qualitative methods are introduced. Students who complete this subject will understand the key principles of research design and the challenges it presents. They will possess the necessary skills to evaluate research in a commercial and academic settings.

FacultyFaculty of Business, Economics and Law

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSuzanne Zyngier

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects MGT4RMA, THS5RMA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsResearch methods for students and professional: information management and systemsPrescribedWilliamson, K. (ed)CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY
ReadingsBusiness research methods: a managerial approachRecommendedVeal, A. J.2ND EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION: AUSTRALIA, 2005

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTharanga Goonesekera

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"one 3-hour seminar/laboratory per week"


Assessment elementComments%
one 1-hour research methods and analysis techniques test20
one 3,000-word research assignment60
one 500-word qualitative research review10
one 500-word quantitative research review10