Business Research Design - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Presentation&Submission(Group) (50%) , Assignment 2 - Individual Journal Portfolio (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,200.00
International 4,450.00

This unit is designed to prepare students for the type of problems they will encounter in business by providing them with knowledge and skills to undertake business research on an individual and group basis, to identify and explore complex problems from multiple perspectives, and to design innovative options in response to them, through the use of live case studies.

On completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Interpret the broad range of research designs applicable to exploration of business problems
  2. Identify, determine and communicate research designs to explore relevant aspects of a complex and ambiguous business problem
  3. Develop, evaluate and communicate options for innovative business design based upon a business model design approach.
  • Assignment 1 — Presentation&Submission(Group) (50%)
  • Assignment 2 — Individual Journal Portfolio (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Overview: Introduction to Wicked Problems
2Design Thinking for Business
3Business Model Canvas and Patterns
4Case Study Activities and Business Model Design
5Design Activity
6Business Model Canvas Presentation and Peer Review
9Research Proposal Refinement and Peer Review
10Research Proposal Refinement and Peer Review
11Preparation and Final Presentation
12Preparation and Final Presentation

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