Course Title: Research Methods 1 (Part A)

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 028475

Course Title: Research Methods 1 (Part A)

Credit Points: 9

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Grad School of Business


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Rosalie Holian

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5943

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 11, Building 108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This is a first year course in the DBA

Course Description

This course aims to enable students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills, or to further develop their existing knowledge and skills to be able to design and successfully complete a post-graduate research project involving a substantial amount of business management or organisational research.

Seminars will include discussion of the candidates’ research designs for their DBA thesis

The content and process of teaching and learning will be reviewed through ongoing feedback. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning and manage their time accordingly.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

By the completion of this course students should be able to:

- describe an understanding of the major scenarios (approaches and strategies) of business management and organisational research and the methodological choices that need to be made;

- understand the various aspects of a research design and be able to design and write a plan of a business management or organisational research project;

- understand the role of theory in research and be able to select and apply relevant theory;

- be familiar with the various quantitative and qualitative methods of data gathering and have detailed knowledge of methods appropriate to their project;

- understand the principles of quantitative and qualitative data analysis;

- be able to access library resources using various retrieval techniques
- be familiar with the ethical issues involved in management and organisational research; and
- present an outline of a research design.

Overview of Learning Activities

Face to Face Weekly seminars will be conducted.

Overview of Learning Resources

A separate reading list will be provided

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is available as a Pass or Fail grade only in this course.

Assessment is cumulative, you must complete and pass each assessment task to pass this course.