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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Pre-requisites

72 credit points from masters level (AQF 9) units. Noting the focus on advanced, independent learning required by this unit, students are advised to enrol in the subject towards the final stage of their degree.

Unit aim

Enables students to undertake analysis of a business, industry or social problem or opportunity at a substantially independent level in this (Part A) capstone research unit. Through learning, developing and applying an evidence-based research design, students create an industry-accessible publication that reports on the research process and elaborates on the business solutions and/or research implications.

Unit content

Part A of the Industry Research Project Unit enables students to design a research project. The project is executed and completed in Part B of Industry Research Project. The topics covered in Part A include:

  • What is research? & Identifying research problems and opportunities
  • Reviewing previous research literature
  • Designing a research project
  • Understanding data analysis
  • Developing Qualitative Research Tools
  • Developing Quantitative Research Tools

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Identify and justify business / industry related problems or issues worthy of investigation
2 Create and present an ethical and achievable research design based on justifiable and evidence-based methods
3 Critically review and synthesize literature with regard to relevant research problems and opportunities
4 Develop, pilot and apply critical research tools that have the potential to solicit required data to analyse a given problem

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and justify business / industry related problems or issues worthy of investigation
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  2. Create and present an ethical and achievable research design based on justifiable and evidence-based methods
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  3. Critically review and synthesize literature with regard to relevant research problems and opportunities
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  4. Develop, pilot and apply critical research tools that have the potential to solicit required data to analyse a given problem
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Prescribed texts

  • E-book available through SCU library (http://scu.eblib.com.au.ezproxy.scu.edu.au/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=2166415 ): Joe F. Hair Jr., Mary Celsi, Arthur Money, Philip Samouel, Michael Page, 2016, The Essentials of Business Research Methods, 3rd, Taylor & Francis, New York. ISBN: 978-0-765-64613-2.

  • E-book available through SCU library (http://scu.eblib.com.au.ezproxy.scu.edu.au/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=2166415 ): Joe F. Hair Jr., Mary Celsi, Arthur Money, Philip Samouel, Michael Page, 2016, The Essentials of Business Research Methods, 3rd edn, Taylor & Francis, New York. ISBN: 978-0-765-64613-2.

  • E-book available through SCU library (http://scu.eblib.com.au.ezproxy.scu.edu.au/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=2166415 ): Joe F. Hair Jr., Mary Celsi, Arthur Money, Philip Samouel, Michael Page, 2016, The Essentials of Business Research Methods, 3rd edn, Taylor & Francis, New York. ISBN: 978-0-765-64613-2.

  • E-book available through SCU library (http://scu.eblib.com.au.ezproxy.scu.edu.au/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=2166415 ): Joe F. Hair Jr., Mary Celsi, Arthur Money, Philip Samouel, Michael Page, 2016, The Essentials of Business Research Methods, 3rd edn, Taylor & Francis, New York. ISBN: 978-0-765-64613-2.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.