Research Thesis 1

Unit code: NEF6101 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney
For Master of PM students: EPM5640 - Research Methods For Master of Applied IT students: Minimum 60 CPs
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit provides an opportunity for students to undertake research in a specialised area field relevant to their own area of work or interest and/or related to theories explored in their master degree study. The unit provides students with a firm foundation from which they can undertake a research problem. The requirements of this unit have been developed to enhance students’ theoretical application in problem solving, communication skills, individual and group project participation and other professional capabilities necessary for their degree. Students will apply and synthesise knowledge and skills to develop an in-depth understanding of managing projects in contemporary and emergent settings. They will apply knowledge and technical skills to the investigation of a contemporary research problem, thereby making a contribution to the disciplinary evidence-base research.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Select an appropriate research methodology based on the content of the research;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the research process and a systematic approach to the investigation of their specialised area;
  3. Articulate and apply literature review strategies to critically analyse the existing literature;
  4. Prepare a rigorous research report addressing an important research problem; and
  5. Draw conclusions and make recommendations to a variety of audiences – specialised and non-specialised.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Project Presentation
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 30%
Progress Report
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 50%
Final Report (approx. 14,000 words)

Required reading

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

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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