The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


Business Research Methods equips students with the skills to develop and undertake a research dissertation. It provides the theoretical and practical preparation for business research The course covers the necessary skills and requirements for a literature review, qualitative and quantitative methods, and a research proposal in addition to the pragmatics of ethics and project management. Peer review, skill development workshops and practice exercises are the key learning strategies.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Write a literature review that synthesises and evaluates literature in a specific topic area to justify a research questions

2. Apply appropriate research design and methods to address a specific research question and acknowledge the ethical implications of the research

3. Develop a research proposal as the basis for a thesis

4. Present and defend a research proposal


Module 1 - Background to Research

Module 2 - Literature Review

Module 3 - Qualitative Methods

Module 4 - Quantitative Methods

Module 5 - Research Proposal

Module 6 - Managing Research



This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business (Honours) or Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) or Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) or Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) or MPhil Management or MPhil Accounting & Finance or MPhil Economics or MPhil Leisure & Tourism or MPhil Politics or PhD Management or PhD Accounting & Finance or PhD Economics or PhD Leisure & Tourism or PhD Politics programs.

Assumed knowledge

Appropriate undergraduate degree.

Assessment items

Literature Review: Individual Literature Review

Written Assignment: Research Methods Paper

Presentation: Research Proposal Presentation

Written Assignment: Research Proposal

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 66 hour(s) per Term Full Term