Course Title: Business Research Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business Research Design

Credit Points: 12.00


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


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

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 equip students with a problem-solving approach that can be used to tackle wicked problems within contemporary business environments. Solutions are then framed within a business model framework, and pitched to peers and industry partners. You will identify assumptions within their business model and develop a research proposal that will address a fundamental inherent assumption within their model. The research proposal will turn the assumption into a research question, identify the appropriate ontology, epistemology, method and methodology to address that question.


This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context, and where feedback from industry is integral to your experience.


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

This course is offered at multiple locations employing different learning modes. This means that the nature of the learning activities may vary depending on where you are enrolled. You may participate in face to face lectures, workshops, seminars, online discussions and collaborative 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 a wicked problem.


To successfully complete this course, you will need to participate in lectures, tutorials and other learning events. This is an activity based course.  You will need to actively participate in groups and individual activities both within and outside the classroom. You will need to complete regular weekly learning tasks and come to tutorials prepared. This may involve online activities, directed reading, analysing video material and case studies, reporting critically on set questions, researching course topics, provide peer feedback, and complete prescribed assessment tasks.


You will be required to actively and effectively engage with peers in collaborative problem-solving activities and other forms of group work.


Specifically, you will:

  • Engage in research by means of searching texts, internet resources and journals (academic and professional)
  • Read selected articles and provide feedback to discussion questions
  • Participate in classroom and/or via Discussion Board on Canvas
  • Prepare and participate in class presentations (live/recorded)
  • Develop a research proposal to address assumptions within a business model

Overview of Learning Resources

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:

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.