BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS

MGT5BRM

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will critically engage with qualitative, quantitative and mixed business research methods and provide students with an understanding of research design as the foundation for effective and informed research. It will provide you with the skills required to undertake research in business contexts, including developing research questions and proposals, undertaking literature reviews and ethical research practices and project managing a research project from initial conceptualization to writing up. 

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKirsty Forsdike

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBusiness Research MethodsRecommendedZikmund, W.GTHOMSON, OHIO (LATEST EDITION)
ReadingsResearch methods for business and social science students 2nd edPrescribedAdams, J., Khan, H., and Raeside, R.Sage Publications
ReadingsQualitative data analysis. An IntroductionRecommendedGrbich, C., 2011Sage Publications

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically evaluate existing research literature to identify research gaps and articulate appropriate research aims and questions

Activities:
In-class activities and assessments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

02. Compare and contrast various research methodologies

Activities:
In class activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

03. Assess ethical considerations of research

Activities:
In-class activities and assessments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour)

04. Justify a research idea through the development and presentation of a research proposal

Activities:
In-class activities and assessments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKirsty Forsdike

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One Individual essay (1,500 words)Literature review25 01, 02
Case-study analysis and report (1,500 words)Case study on research ethics25 02, 03
One individual research proposal (2500 words)40 01, 02, 04
One individual oral presentation (3 minutes) (equivalent to 500 words)Oral presentation of research proposal10 01, 02, 04