Research Project - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Literature Review (20-30%) , Assignment 2 - Draft Research Prop (20-30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,050.00
Domestic continuing 2,512.00
International 3,300.00
International continuing 2,762.00

2016 Swinburne tuition fees are reduced for continuing postgraduate students.
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The purpose of this project-based unit is to provide an opportunity for each participant to integrate their learning by planning, researching and designing an information systems or sustainable business project. The approach taken will be research-based and appropriately contextualised to the specific environment within which the project resides.

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

  1. Develop a research design as the blue print for fulfilling research objectives and answering key research questions
  2. Conduct a substantial literature review that is relevant to the research topic and informs research project design
  3. Appreciate the many different approaches taken to research, and understand the importance of multi-disciplinary research, scholarly discourse and future-oriented thinking
  4. Write and justify a research proposal that will form a sound basis for the subsequent individual research project
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethics application process. Prepare and submit an ethics application for approval
  • Assignment 1 — Literature Review (20-30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Draft Research Prop (20-30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Final Research Prop (30-50%)
  • Online Discussion — (10-20%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed MTB340.

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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.

1Build on preliminary project identification from MTB820 Business Research Methods
2The nature and context of research
3Literature search, evaluation and review
4Perspectives on knowledge
5Ontologies and epistemologies in the research process
6Research paradigms
7The importance of reflexivity in research practice
8Preparing, drafting and critique and improvement of the research proposal report
9Ethical issues and research

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

This unit is an approved elective 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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