Business Research Design - 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: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Presentation&Submission(Group) (50%) , Assignment 2 - Individual Journal Portfolio (50%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,960.00
International 4,210.00

Organizations in future will require members who are equipped to explore, analyse and design options to address complex and ambiguous business problems. In response to various failures and crises; ranging from the collapse of Enron through the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh; there are calls for more ethical and sustainable business practices.

To lead in this new business environment requires skills and capabilities to undertake focussed business research, to analyse complex issues from multiple perspectives, and to design innovative solutions that will be sustainable in broad social, economic and ecological terms.

This unit is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills to undertake business research on an individual and group basis in order to explore complex and ambiguous problems, to develop options in response to them and to test and evaluate potential solutions.

This unit includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

On completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Interpret the broad range of research methods applicable to business problems, including qualitative/interpretive and quantitative/analytic paradigms;
  2. Determine and implement appropriate research methods to explore relevant aspects of a complex and ambiguous business problem;
  3. Work within a group context in which others apply different research methods to aspects of the same larger problem; and
  4. Develop and evaluate options for innovative business design based upon research and in response to the initial business problem.
  • Assignment 1 — Presentation&Submission(Group) (50%)
  • Assignment 2 — Individual Journal Portfolio (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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