Research Proposal

10 Units

Prepares students to define research topics, determine the most effective research methodologies to be employed, develop appropriate research designs, and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theory and literature underpinning the dissertation project. This course develops and extends understanding of the research process by having students develop an ethics application, a research plan, and research proposal.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Business School
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Trimester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Block 6 - 2014 (HKMA - Hong Kong)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the role of the research proposal in the context of the required dissertation;
  2. Define the purpose of a research study;
  3. Demonstrate the contribution of the research within existing literature;
  4. Design a research program, including scope and limitations;
  5. Successfully complete an ethics application for research;
  6. Prepare a functional research timetable; and
  7. Prepare and present a research proposal

The content of the course will be individually tailored following consultation between the student and supervisor.

Topics will include:

  1. Defining the purpose of the project
  2. Refining a topic
  3. Defining research questions
  4. Defining research hypotheses
  5. A research framework
  6. Setting delimitations
  7. Establishing the significance of the project
  8. Justification
  9. Planning the project
  10. Supervision
  11. Writing the proposal
  12. Reference material
Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge GSBR6201 - Research Methods I GSBR6202 - Research Methods II GSBR6203 - Literature Review
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Research Plan Research Proposal
  • Other: (please specify) - Ethics Application
  • Other: (please specify) - Peer Review/Engagement
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials
  • Developing Effective Research Proposals
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for GSBR6204

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