UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BUSN4401 Qualitative Business Research Methods

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Work and Employment Relations [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
  • Honours core unit in Human Resource Management; Management; Marketing [Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)]
Content Unit content includes qualitative research methods used in social science research. Topics include (1) research objectives and contexts appropriate to the use of qualitative methods; (2) theoretical traditions in qualitative research; (3) sampling strategies; (4) intent and techniques for multi-method qualitative research; and (5) preliminary analysis of qualitative data, selection and use of supporting qualitative and/or quantitative methods, and multi-method analysis of data and presentation of research results.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) explain the underlying philosophical assumptions involved in qualitative research; (2) develop appropriate qualitative research designs and methodologies for specific research questions; (3) collect data through a variety of qualitative techniques; (4) analyse and interpret qualitative data using software; and (5) generate insightful and valid research conclusions in the form of research reports.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) workshop participation; (2) assignments; and (3) presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Daniel Schepis
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) or completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Contact hours lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.biz.uwa.edu.au/Units/BUSN4401/SEM-1/2017

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