The minor thesis of pure or applied research 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 and recommended solutions will be contextualised to a specified community/organisation or discipline in an ethical and socially responsible manner. The research thesis of publishable quality is based on the proposal developed in the unit of study BGP7711 Business Research Proposal. The thesis topic must be approved by the course co-ordinator.

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BMO6630 - Business Research Methods

BGP7711 - Business Research Proposal

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Design and implement a research to investigate the issue through analysis, critical review and interpretation of relevant data;  
  2. Conceptually map the intersection between theory and practice;  
  3. Devise creative solutions in response to academic theory;  
  4. Extrapolate and interpret research implications to a broad audience and generate future responsive directions for research to contribute to the well-being of their local and global communities; and  
  5. Present research findings to academic and/or industry and community audiences.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Present preliminary findings to academics at the College Research Seminar Series 20%
Thesis Completion of the research thesis (12,000-15,000 words) 80%
Students are required to submit a completed research thesis (12,000-15,000 words) by the end of this unit and present the findings to an academic audience.

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