The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

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

  1. Developing research questions
  2. Research paradigms
  3. Contributions of research to theory and practice

Module 2 - Literature Review

  1. Identifying, accessing and managing information and scholarly literature
  2. Academic writing and referencing
  3. Literature review development
  4. Argumentation and synthesis

Module 3 - Qualitative Methods

  1. The nature and types of qualitative research
  2. Data collection methods
  3. Types of data analysis
  4. Writing up qualitative research

Module 4 - Quantitative Methods

  1. Data and Variables
  2. The Nature of Quantitative Research
  3. Descriptive and Influential Statistics
  4. Sampling
  5. Designing and Coding Questionnaires
  6. Data Entry and Screening
  7. Hypothesis Testing
  8. Association: Correlation Coefficients
  9. Bivariate Regression
  10. Association - Chi-square Tests
  11. Difference: t-tests
  12. Difference: ANOVA
  13. Reliability, Validity and Rigour
  14. Reporting a Quantitative Study

Module 5 - Research Proposal

  1. Purpose, nature and evaluation of research proposals
  2. Content and format of a proposal
  3. Presenting and defending a proposal

Module 6 - Managing Research

  1. Time and budget management
  2. Managing supervision
  3. Research ethics


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