Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides a critical engagement with business research methods, and considers both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. It provides students with skills required to undertake empirical, archival, descriptive, and analytical research in business contexts. Report, thesis writing, and presentation skills are also considered.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarthin Nanere

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students enrolled in SHBIY or completion of BUS5AFS or BUS5IAF, ECO5POE or BUS5POE, BUS5MMS or BUS5SMM, FIN5SBF OR BUS5SBF


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBusiness Research MethodsPrescribedZikmund, W.GTHOMSON, OHIO (LATEST EDITION)
ReadingsResearch Design in Social ResearchPrescribedDe Vaus, D (2002)SAGE LONDON

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate critical thinking skills that enhance research process

Development of a research plan that will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Demonstrate problem solving skills that enhance research process

in-class problem solving assignments will demonstrate complexity of problem environments and a variety of problem solving approaches and methods
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Describe and critically apply various research methodologies as they pertain to ethical scientific enquiry

Develop appropriate topic analysis with detailed methodological content
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Present topic analysis verbally

improve presentation skills for delivering research plans and methods and learn how to defend plans and methods against critical reviews
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)

05. Write a research-based topic analysis

write a research topic analysis
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarthin Nanere

Class requirements

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


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 15 minute individual oral presentation40 04
One Individual written topic analysis of 1,000 words20 01, 03, 05
One individual 3,000 word research method and data collection instrument report40 01, 02, 03