Business Research Design - 2018

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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 - Discussion Board (10%) , Journal - Individ Reflective Journal (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00
International 4,570.00

This unit is designed to prepare students for the type of problems they will encounter in contemporary 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.

Upon successful 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.

Expanding on the above, you will be able to:

  1. Develop business models, and justify and communicate business models developed, unitising strategic design that address complex business problems
  2. Identify, determine, communicate and implement appropriate research designs to explore assumptions inherent within a value proposition of a business model that addresses a wicked problem
  3. Develop, evaluate and communicate a research plan/proposal that addresses research questions within innovative business models based upon a business model design approach.
  • Assignment — Discussion Board (10%)
  • Journal — Individ Reflective Journal (40%)
  • Research Assignment — Presentation&Submission(Group) (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction, Unit Overview, Team Building, Introduction to Wicked Problems
2Design Thinking for Business
3Business Model Canvas and Patterns
4Business Model Design
5Business Model Canvas Presentation and Peer Review
6Research Design
7Business Model Refinement, Research Design, Peer Review
8Preparation and Final Presentation

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