Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 3 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the role of the research proposal in the context of a dissertation;

2. Identify and justify the topic for the research proposal;

3. Provide an appropriate explanation of the theoretical framework underpinning the research;

4. Demonstrate the contribution of the research within existing literature;

5. Design a research project, including scope and limitations;

6. Prepare a research timetable;

7. Write, present and defend a research proposal;

8. Complete an ethics application for the project.


The 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

Assumed knowledge

GSBR6201 - Research Methods I GSBR6202 - Research Methods II GSBR6203 - Literature Review

Assessment items

Presentation: Research Proposal Presentation

Proposal / Plan: Research Plan

Presentation: Written Research Proposal and Oral Peer Review

Written Assignment: Ethics Application