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Unit Overview


This unit requires students to prepare a critical review of the literature, a summary of the major research problems previously studied and their contributions, and to identify suitable research questions for investigation. The unit prepares students for doctoral research.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Trimester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the literature relevant to the proposed research topic; (2) reflect critically on the relevant literature in terms of methodological, empirical and theoretical constructs; (3) synthesise the body of literature examined into a holistic and readable report; (4) discriminate between literature that is pertinent to research and literature that is less relevant; (5) demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies and approaches used by researchers in their field of research; (6) identify relevant seminal works including areas of agreement and controversy; (7) identify possible research gaps which could form the basis of new research questions; (8) reference appropriately; and (9) develop a bibliography using EndNote.


Assessment information is provided in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
MGMT6791 Business Research: Principles and Processes
MGMT6792 Qualitative Methods in Business Research (or equivalent)
and MGMT6793 Quantitative Methods in Business Research (or equivalent)
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.