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Research Preparation for Business (MBS520)

School School of Business and Governance
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal (closed), S2-external (closed)
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description The aim of the unit is to provide students with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the value of research in the business context in order to build business knowledge that generates new questions as well as providing answers.
This unit covers a broad range of contemporary research designs in business-related disciplines. Topics covered include research problem discovery and definition; planning the research process; and presenting research.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
1. identify, evaluate and formulate a research problem (LO1) ;
2. generate a literature review and critically evaluate research studies (LO2) ;
3. describe and compare a range of research designs employed in business research (LO3) ;
4. describe the principles involved in selecting a methodological framework (LO4) ;
5. describe the types of ways in which data can be collected, coded and analysed in business research (LO5) ;
6. relate research to a varied audience (LO6).
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 2 hours per teaching week for South Street Campus
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is delivered using blended learning design features with core units materials provided in a digital format followed up by small class knowledge application and skills development. This is enhanced by self-directed learning to further develop skills and application of knowledge to practical and current issues.
Other Learning Experiences Self-directed engagement and learning with online materials is an essential part of the learning experiences in this unit.
Assessment Assessments in this unit requires students to:
Present a research problem statement/initial topic proposal;
Prepare a systematic literature review on the topic formulated from the first assessment;
Prepare a final research proposal including research question(s), literature review, and proposed research design
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MBS620 Research Preparation for Business may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: MBS620
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management (GradCertHRM)
Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management (GradDipHRM)
Master of Business Administration (Global) (MBA(Global))
Master of Human Resources Management (MHRM)
Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) (MPA(Adv))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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