Research Methodology

BUS80003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours face to face + blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23


50 credit points at PG coursework level from the Faculty of Business and Law

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to guide students in to developing a research plan. The unit covers how to plan a research project, including reviewing the existing knowledge in each student’s chosen topic area and identifying a knowledge-gap. In addition, students will become familiar with the various research methods for data collection and analysis and learn how to choose the most appropriate research method to fill the knowledge-gap that has been identified. The project element will be designed to collect and analyse the data needed to fill the knowledge-gap and to communicate this proposal orally and in a written report.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Apply and show deep understanding of a range of research approaches applicable in the field of research and problem-solving
2. Formulate research questions and select an appropriate methodology for the chosen research task
3. Critically analyse the philosophical and theoretical assumptions underlying different research methods and approaches
4. Develop skills to write and structure a minor thesis