Research Methods - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Report - 2000 words (25%) , Research Design Exercise - 2000 words (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,895.00
International 3,145.00

The unit helps students understand a range of concepts and techniques associated with both qualitative and quantitative methods of research that are applicable for business and/or information systems. Students will be coached on evaluating appropriate methods of doing particular types of research and will apply some of these techniques in workshop activities and projects. Students will be introduced to various research methods and techniques. Being able to research new areas is an important skill in both business and information systems and this unit will help students understand research applications, methods, design and reporting.

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand the philosophical issues that underpin the research process
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the range of concepts and techniques associated with qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues associated with research
  4. choose and apply appropriate research methods for specific research problems
  5. design qualitative and quantitative research programs
  6. develop a well planned, reasoned and clearly expressed research proposal.
  • Report — 2000 words (25%)
  • Research Design Exercise — 2000 words (40%)
  • Review — Literature Review (35%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Types of research
2Designing research
3The research question
4Searching and reviewing the literature
5Qualitative methods and instruments
6Quantitive methods and instruments
7Sampling and data collection
8Qualitative data analysis
9Presenting and describing quantative data
10Qualitative analyses: estimation and comparision
11Qualitative analyses: linear relationships between variable
12Writing the report

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Business Research Methods (with Qualtrics Printed

    By:Barry J. Babin & Mitch Griffin

    ISBN: 9781111826925


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