Course Title: Business Research Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business Research Design

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


610P BUS Portfolio Office


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Terry Boulter

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5900

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: build 13

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study: You should have completed a minimum of 96 credit points of study within your program prior to undertaking this course.

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the type of problems they will encounter in business by providing them with knowledge and skills to undertake business research on an individual and group basis, to identify and explore complex problems from multiple perspectives, and to design innovative options in response to them, through the use of live case studies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Interpret the broad range of research designs applicable to exploration of business problems
  2. Identify, determine and communicate research designs to explore relevant aspects of a complex and ambiguous business problem;
  3. Develop, evaluate and communicate options for innovative business design based upon a business model design approach.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will use a mixture of learning activities ranging from lecturer and facilitator-directed learning, through supported identification and analysis of an appropriate business problem, to multi-disciplinary group work on design and assessment of innovative business options in response to the problem.

Overview of Learning Resources

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided, including texts, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. You will also have access to course materials and additional readings on myRMIT including external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1:  50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2:
Linked CLOs: 2, 3

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.