Course Title: Business Advisory Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 001221

Course Title: Business Advisory Project

Credit Points: 24

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting & Law


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Robert Inglis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5715

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 108 level 15

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is ideally undertaken towards the end of completion of the Master of Business (Accountancy) program.

Courses previously stuidied in the program may provide a valuable source of project topics and of  the relevant literature in the area.  Assessment tasks in previous courses will also provide prerequisite research and oral and written presentation capabilities.

Course Description

The course involves the undertaking of a research project on a business topic of your choice.

You are required to clearly articulate a business problem or issue on a topic of your choice and develop

a proposal to research this issue.  After approval of your research deisgn, you will undertake the proposed research and

provide oral and written feedback on your findings and how you undertook your research.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course the emphasis will be on further developing your research, analytical and communication capabilities.

At the conclusion of this course should be able to:

  • identify and research literature on a partuclar business topic
  • critically evaluate and present in writing, and orally, a summary of your literature review
  • design and undertake an independent research project
  • present logical arguments about a particular problem or business issue.

At the conclusion of this course should have an :

  • understanding of the steps involved in designing a research project
  • understanding of what comprises "good" research including the notions of validity and reliability
  • awareness of the variety of research data sources and how to evalaute the relevance of data for a particular problem/issue
  • appreciation of  various research methods, their application and advantages and disadvantages
  • insight into the benefits and difficulties in successfully undertaking and communicating research

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will involve a series of workshops in which the class will:

  • discuss aspects of business research,
  • interact with guest speakers on aspects of doing research
  • present and discuss hypothetical research problems and relevant research designs
  • presentat proposed research projects
  • involve presentation and class discussion on completed projects

Students are expected to work independently (individually or in groups) on a number of areas including the project proposal, design, data collection, data analysis and reporting. An average of 5 hours per week should be devoted to preparing and conducting the business research project.

Overview of Learning Resources

Details to be advised in class 1. but include the purchase of a prescribed text and access  to a variety of e-resources from the RMIT library.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may encompass submission of research proposals, class presentations and written final reports.