The Business Research Proposal provides students with an opportunity to apply and modify investigative, analytical and critical skills gained and developed through the coursework units to the resolution of a business problem. Established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice will be critiqued in the context of a scoped investigation contextualised to a specified community/organisation in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  The research proposal provides the preliminary stages of the research for the completion of the minor thesis. Students will also complete an Ethics Application form to be assessed by the University's Ethics Committee. The thesis topic must be approved by the course co-ordinator.

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BGP7711

Prerequisites

BMO6630 - Business Research Methods

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and scope an academic research problem to prepare a research plan to investigate the issue through analysis, critical review and/or interpretation of relevant data;  
  2. Critically reflect on a range of conceptual and empirical materials and justify conclusions;  
  3. Apply evaluative and critically reflectively research techniques and professional judgement to plan for rigorous, defensible, ethical and socially responsible research;  
  4. Elucidate potential ethical problems and implement ethical research processes under supervision;  
  5. Mount a defensible argument to communicate propositions to specialist audiences; and  
  6. Advocate for the development of scholarly inquiry across the range of business and organisational sub-disciplines.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Reviewing the literature relevant to the topic of study 30%
Assignment Developing a comprehensive research proposal with the guidance of the supervisor 50%
Other Complete and submit ethics application for assessment prior to being reviewed by VU's ethics committee 20%
During the first part of this unit students will learn, under supervision, by doing the preliminary steps of the research process to allow time for data collection in the intervening period. Each assignment is designed as separate research/learning milestones for students to work towards the research thesis. Feedback will be provided in each research milestone to prepare students for the final thesis submission of 15,000-20,000 words by the end of BGP7712 Business Research Thesis.