Research Proposal

Course code GSBR6204Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Prepares students to define research topics, determine the most effective research methodologies to be employed, develop appropriate research designs, and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theory and literature underpinning the dissertation project. This course develops and extends understanding of the research process by having students develop an ethics application, a research plan, and research proposal.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 1, Trimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Appreciate the role of the research proposal in the context of the required dissertation;
2. Define the purpose of a research study;
3. Demonstrate the contribution of the research within existing literature;
4. Design a research program, including scope and limitations;
5. Successfully complete an ethics application for research;
6. Prepare a functional research timetable; and
7. Prepare and present a research proposal
ContentThe content of the course will be individually tailored following consultation between the student and supervisor.

Topics will include:
1. Defining the purpose of the project
2. Refining a topic
3. Defining research questions
4. Defining research hypotheses
5. A research framework
6. Setting delimitations
7. Establishing the significance of the project
8. Justification
9. Planning the project
10. Supervision
11. Writing the proposal
12. Reference material
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGSBR6201 - Research Methods I
GSBR6202 - Research Methods II
GSBR6203 - Literature Review
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsResearch Plan
Research Proposal
Other: (please specify)Ethics Application
Other: (please specify)Peer Review/Engagement
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GSBR6204