Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedSunway Research quarter 1 2012 (Day)
Sunway Research quarter 1 2012 (Evening)
Caulfield Research quarter 2 2012 (Day)
Sunway Research quarter 2 2012 (Day)
Sunway Research quarter 2 2012 (Evening)
Caulfield Research quarter 3 2012 (Day)
Caulfield Research quarter 4 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jan Brace-Govan


The unit will provide HDR students with the requisite knowledge and skills in qualitative research methodology to enable them to design and execute a PhD research project. The unit will review and explain various qualitative research methods with the aim of critically evaluating the paradigmatic underpinnings of, for example, interpretivist, phenomenological and postmodern theories as they pertain to research design and the collection and analysis of data. Topics to be covered include data gathering techniques such as interviews, content analysis, fieldwork and observation and analysis procedures such as constant comparative analysis. The unit will also provide students with the opportunity to report findings through written and oral presentation.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • acquire skills to design qualitative research studies
  • acquire skills to conduct high quality independent qualitative research
  • consider and evaluate data collection instruments, and sampling strategies for a qualitative research purpose
  • assess research design across a range of qualitative research strategies
  • conduct a qualitative research project and report in an appropriate discursive style.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jan Brace-Govan

Contact hours

36 hours per semester (split-block mode) of formal class contact.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Philosophy


0029 or 3194