BUS8401 Research Methodology 1
Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at <http://www.usq.edu.au/ict/students/standards/default.htm>.
This course provides an introduction to basic research for students undertaking postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Business and Law. Students will discuss the philosophy of research and gain a deep understanding of theoretical perspectives and epistemological assumptions underpinning different research approaches in the social sciences. The focus of this course is on preparing students to develop their research proposals and to ensure that they have skills which allow them to identify and formulate meaningful research problems, to plan and execute a critical literature review, to ground their research in a theoretical perspective that will inform their methodology, research strategy and design. Students will be expected to improve their critical thinking skills and to learn to read and critique previous research published in journals associated with their discipline. The course provides an overview of both qualitative and quantitative research methodology and associated methods. Research quality is emphasized throughout the course as students begin to make critical decisions about the formulation of their research question and the most effective research design to address that question. The course also serves as an introduction to data collection and analysis decisions in preparation for BUS8402 Research Methods 2.