BUSN4403 Business Research Methodology

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)]
This unit is designed to introduce students to research methods that are of a suitable academic standard for honours as well as having potential for input into community and management contexts. The emphasis is placed on theoretical and practical aspects that are appropriate for the above aims. The unit commences with an overview of the scientific method, and then focuses on each stage of the research process, including the problem definition, the theoretical framework, generation of hypotheses, etc. The unit is designed to offer students a broad view of research methodology, rather than specific knowledge in one area only. At the stage of research a broad view is critical in terms of academic and basic research development, so many aspects of research are covered and both qualitative and quantitative methods are addressed.
Students are able to (1) develop a sound understanding of the research process in a wider context; (2) develop strong conceptual skills, particularly identifying the research problem or thesis and designing conceptual schema; (3) develop a high level of knowledge of the applications of research in academic (basic) domains as well as in community and commercial (applied) cases; (4) effectively evaluate basic research, especially journal papers; (5) recognise the advantages and limitations of commonly used research techniques; and (6) prepare a research proposal for a dissertation.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation and (2) research proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Trish Cain
Unit rules
enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) or completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or a Doctor of Philosophy in a relevant area
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.