BES4000 - Research methodology 1 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Mazanai Musara

Unit guides


South Africa

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


Students must be enrolled in course 4414.




This unit aims to develop students' understanding of qualitative research, with specific focus on qualitative research philosophy, qualitative research design and qualitative research methods. This unit explores topics such as: paradigmatic approaches to research; research design; negotiation of access to research sites/participants; researcher ethics; methods of qualitative data collection such as observation, interviews, focus groups and non-intrusive data collection; methods of data analysis; issues of qualitative research validity; and qualitative writing.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the characteristics and usefulness of qualitative research
  2. develop a sound research design
  3. understand various matters associated with the conduct of qualitative research such as gaining access and managing ethical issues
  4. differentiate between qualitative methods of data collection and determine when each is most appropriate
  5. analyse qualitative data using a number of different analytical techniques
  6. develop an understanding of different ways in which qualitative data can be written, as well as practical skills in qualitative writing.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 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 three/four 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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