Effective management of successful projects is founded on a broad evidence-base. While evidence can be extracted from the disciplinary literature, existing databases or previous project experience, original research may also be undertaken to meet the requirements of a specific project. Research is a process of enquiry and investigation, and takes a systematic and methodical approach to the creation of knowledge-as-evidence. Ineffective decision making can occur when a lack of knowledge leads to project delay and failure.

Research Methods guides participants through the logical steps required for the establishment of a research proposal for a professional project or further scholarship. Starting with an overview of the purpose of research, it develops a set of principles designed to build a research proposal based on conceptual issues and different approaches to research design. The collection and review of primary and secondary data, the application of qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies, the collection and interrogation of data, reporting of results and conclusion are all considered.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate sequentially and elaborate the principles involved in planning and executing a research project;  
  2. Theorise a conceptual framework for a research problem and assess it in the context of project management principles;  
  3. Operationalise concepts to formulate a research question(s) or a hypothesis;  
  4. Select and develop the appropriate methodology and measurement instruments for data collection;  
  5. Critique relevant sources of information and justify the selection and application of methods for data collection and analysis; and  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Individual Research Project: selection and literature review (2000 words) 20%
Report Research Proposal: submission in report format (4000 words) 40%
Test Quiz (approx 1 hour) 20%
Presentation Final Formal Research Proposal Presentation (approx 15 minutes) 20%

Required reading

Reading material will be negotiated in consultation with the supervisor and will be appropriate to the topic under investigation.

Business Research: A practical guide for undergraduate and postgraduate students 4th ed.
Collins J. & Hussey R., (2014)
Palgrave London

Recommended Text: Veal A.J., (2005) Business Research Methods: A Managerial Approach 2nd. ed. Pearson NSW

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