Research Methods - 2017

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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 - Business Research Report (25%) , Research Design Exercise - Research Proposal (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,040.00
International 3,280.00

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, OHSE, 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.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the range of concepts and techniques associated with qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods
  2. Critically review appropriate research methods for specific research problems
  3. Apply standardised procedures to ensure research is conducted  ethically and demonstrates respect for human dignity
  4. Design a qualitative and/or quantitative research project and write an associated research proposal.
  • Report — Business Research Report (25%)
  • Research Design Exercise — Research Proposal (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
2Design and ethical considerations
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.

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