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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/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesSeminars, readings, class discussions and both assessment items.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites This subject is designed for Honours and Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) students such as PhD and Masters by Research. Any variation to this rule must be approved by the Subject coordinator


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Methodologial Issues in Accounting Research

Resource TypeOther resource

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHoque, Zahirul



PublisherSpiramus, London


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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Social Research Methods

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorBryman, Alan



PublisherOxford University Press


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Other descriptionN/A

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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Enhance awareness of the multiple and epistemological and ontological perspectives that underpin research.
02. Understand notions of theory, theory building and theoretical contribution across the social sciences and business research fields.
03. Evaluate the literature, philosophical traditions, methods and problems associated with several topics.
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.
05. Have an appropriate understanding of the purpose of research design: method, methodologies, and theoretical perspectives.
06. Understand how to develop an appropriate research proposal for a relevant research area and questions.
07. Understand issues of research quality and research ethics.

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