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


Social Research Methods

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorBryman, Alan



PublisherOxford University Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Methodologial Issues in Accounting Research

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorHoque, Zahirul



PublisherSpiramus, London


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

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

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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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorZahirul Hoque

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 0 - 0
One 3.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 0 to week 0 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2500 word individual assignment (literature review)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7

One 2500 word individual assignment (research project design)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7

One 1000 word individual reflexive written assignment (on elements 1 and 2)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7