Business Research Methods

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology
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About this unit

This unit, offered by Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University, gives students the opportunity to become familiar with the range of topics that fall under the umbrella of Business Research Methods.

Students will learn about research philosophy, including various ontological and epistemological approaches to undertaking business research. They will be encouraged to reach a level of understanding of research philosophy that enables them to identify an ontological and epistemological standpoint for their project.

Students will be required to put together a design for a research or professional project, and will be asked to draft a research proposal. Identifying the knowledge gap, or business dilemma, will be discussed, as will formulating the research question. The unit will cover how to answer such a question in an ethical manner, and as such will include discussion of gathering both primary and secondary data, and analysing and interpreting data correctly.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, students must not have completed this unit before, and must be enrolled in one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems)
  • Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems)
  • Master of Technology (Business Systems)
  • Master of Commerce

Areas of study

In this business unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Understanding research: ontology and epistemology
  • What is the business dilemma: identifying the research question
  • Problem identification and project scoping
  • Preliminary conceptual frameworks, literature search and review, and intelligence gathering
  • Quantitative and qualitative research design
  • Research in complex and dynamic environments
  • Ethics and report writing requirements
  • Design of data collection instruments
  • Tools for data analysis

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective for the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University
  • Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University
  • Master of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University
  • Master of Commerce, Swinburne University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit, offered by OUA and Swinburne University, gives students a range of useful skills for undertaking academic and professional research projects. Students will be guided through the various philosophical approaches to business research, and will gain an understanding of concepts of ethics which are relevant to Business Research Methods. Students will become familiar with business dilemmas and knowledge gaps, and will learn how to formulate research questions. As it is a core area of academic research, students will be taught how to undertake an effective literature search, and how to write a balanced, yet critical, literature review.

Aside from secondary research, quantitative and qualitative primary research methodologies will be explored, and students will learn to identify the type of methodology best suited to answering the research question they have identified. Methods for designing data collection instruments will be explored, including methods for gathering data in complex and dynamic environments. Students will become familiar with a range of tools for data analysis, and will be made aware of how to gauge the relevance of their findings during this online unit. Students will learn how to present their projects effectively in a way that meets the report writing requirements.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Business Research Methods from Swinburne University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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