BEX5020 - Research thesis proposal - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Not offered in 2017


Students will prepare a research proposal in a discipline area approved by the course coordinator. Students will, with the assistance of a research mentor, select a research topic and prepare a proposal for their MPhil thesis consisting of a literature review, theory and hypothesis development, an outline of the research methods to be applied and the data requirements.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. acquire knowledge of the planning phases of a research project including topic selection
  2. prepare a literature review relating to the topic that demonstrates a breadth of reading and an analysis of the academic papers in terms of both progressive development of theories and, where existing, conflict of views
  3. develop research questions and/or hypotheses for the study, which flow from the literature review
  4. identify and discuss the methodology to be employed for the testing of the research questions and/or hypotheses including the data requirements, types of data collection
  5. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills in individual and/or group activities dealing with research methods.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average six/eight hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Students must have achieved an average mark of 70 (D) in BEX5000 and BEX5010 before undertaking this unit.


Students must be enrolled in course 4408 Master of Philosophy .