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FOBE720 – Qualitative Research Approaches in Business and Economics

2017 – S1 Evening

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
David Rooney
Lorne Cummings
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
FOBE820
Unit description Unit description
This unit provides students with an introduction to theoretical and empirical research approaches informed by qualitative methods of inquiry within the business and economics discipline. It seeks to develop students' understanding of the contexts in which qualitative research can be undertaken. Topics covered include grounded theory, hermeneutical analysis, discourse analysis, and participant observational. Students will also develop the ability to analyse, conduct, and evaluate qualitative forms of research.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand commonly used qualitative research approaches in business and management research
  2. Discuss different forms of data and outline their differences
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of research methods and be able to make informed methodological choices
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of contemporary ethical issues in research and strategies for addressing them
  5. Do qualitative research by constructing problem-oriented literature reviews, formalising meaningful research questions, handling and evaluating a range of evidence, and be able to deduce arguments on the basis of data

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
What is a research question? 20% Week 4, Thursday 10pm
Identifying gaps that matter 40% Week 8, Thursday 10pm
Qualitative research proposal 40% Week 13, Thursday 10pm

What is a research question?

Due: Week 4, Thursday 10pm
Weighting: 20%

Your task in this assignment is to critically explain:

(1.) What a research question is and how it is developed in academic research,

(2.) What a research question should enable the researcher to do in relation to contributing to knowledge, and

(3.) State your own research question, explaining how you developed it and how it will help you make an original contribution to knowledge.

                                                               

This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:

•  Demonstrate an awareness of what research questions are and how they are created

•  Demonstrate an ability to create your own research question

 

You should consult research methods/methodology research in journal articles and research methods textbooks.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand commonly used qualitative research approaches in business and management research
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of research methods and be able to make informed methodological choices
  • Demonstrate an awareness of contemporary ethical issues in research and strategies for addressing them

Identifying gaps that matter

Due: Week 8, Thursday 10pm
Weighting: 40%

Choose and critically appraise 5 qualitative methodology articles and one major (recent) review articles from a top ranked journal that speak to your research question. Prepare a 2,000 word critical review of these papers by, first, conducting a literature review of their substantive contribution, and second, identifying any methodological gaps that you can identify in the literature.

This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:

•  Understand commonly used qualitative research approaches in business and management research.

•  Discuss different forms of data and outline their differences

•  Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of research methods and be able to make informed methodological choices;

•  Demonstrate an awareness of contemporary ethical issues in research and strategies for addressing them.

•  Do qualitative research by constructing problem-oriented literature reviews, formalising meaningful research questions, handling and evaluating a range of evidence, and be able to deduce arguments on the basis of data.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand commonly used qualitative research approaches in business and management research
  • Discuss different forms of data and outline their differences
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of research methods and be able to make informed methodological choices
  • Demonstrate an awareness of contemporary ethical issues in research and strategies for addressing them
  • Do qualitative research by constructing problem-oriented literature reviews, formalising meaningful research questions, handling and evaluating a range of evidence, and be able to deduce arguments on the basis of data

Qualitative research proposal

Due: Week 13, Thursday 10pm
Weighting: 40%

Prepare a Research Proposal of 2,000 that contains a description of the topic and questions you will investigate as well as the qualitative methods and form of analysis you will use to address your research questions. The course will take you through these stages. Feedback will be provided in class as well as through written individual feedback.

This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:

•  Understand commonly used qualitative research approaches in business and management research.

•  Discuss different forms of data and outline their differences

•  Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of research methods and be able to make informed methodological choices;

•  Demonstrate an awareness of contemporary ethical issues in research and strategies for addressing them.

•   Do qualitative research by constructing problem-oriented literature reviews, formalising meaningful research questions, handling and evaluating a range of evidence, and be able to deduce arguments on the basis of data.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand commonly used qualitative research approaches in business and management research
  • Discuss different forms of data and outline their differences
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of research methods and be able to make informed methodological choices
  • Demonstrate an awareness of contemporary ethical issues in research and strategies for addressing them
  • Do qualitative research by constructing problem-oriented literature reviews, formalising meaningful research questions, handling and evaluating a range of evidence, and be able to deduce arguments on the basis of data

Delivery and Resources

A number of digital tools for collaborative problem solving are useful in research. It will assist you to bring a laptop or tablet to the studio and to download the chrome web browser. You will use a number of free Chrome Apps (some of which are also available as iPad/tablet apps) such as Lucidchart (educational version), Smartsheets, and Mindmeister.

Additional resources

Writing and grammar tools http://www.elearnhub.org/best-grammar-editing-proofreading-tools-everybody-know/

Unit Schedule

During the course of the semester, you will be exposed to a range of ideas and processes that assist people who need to become professional problem solvers.

 

Week

Wisdom Studio Reading Topics

Notes

1

Introduction

 

2

Writing in the research process

Writing and grammar tools http://www.elearnhub.org/best-grammar-editing-proofreading-tools-everybody-know/

3

Ontology & Epistemology

What are your assumptions and what approach will you take to creating knowledge

4

Research paradigms, questions, methodology & design

Clarifying how you will do your research next year

5

Case study method

Case study is more than you think

6

Interview method

It’s not just a chat

7

Analysis & interpretation

What theoretical knowledge does your data have

8

Interpretation practicum

Learning by doing

9

Ethnography method

Learning by doing

10

Ethnography of the mall practicum

Learning by doing (field trip)

11

Grounded theory data coding practicum

Learning by doing

12

Discourse analysis practicum

Learning by doing

13

Back to basics

 

 

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Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

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Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understand commonly used qualitative research approaches in business and management research
  • Discuss different forms of data and outline their differences
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of research methods and be able to make informed methodological choices
  • Do qualitative research by constructing problem-oriented literature reviews, formalising meaningful research questions, handling and evaluating a range of evidence, and be able to deduce arguments on the basis of data

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understand commonly used qualitative research approaches in business and management research
  • Discuss different forms of data and outline their differences
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of research methods and be able to make informed methodological choices
  • Demonstrate an awareness of contemporary ethical issues in research and strategies for addressing them
  • Do qualitative research by constructing problem-oriented literature reviews, formalising meaningful research questions, handling and evaluating a range of evidence, and be able to deduce arguments on the basis of data

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Discuss different forms of data and outline their differences
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of research methods and be able to make informed methodological choices
  • Do qualitative research by constructing problem-oriented literature reviews, formalising meaningful research questions, handling and evaluating a range of evidence, and be able to deduce arguments on the basis of data

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understand commonly used qualitative research approaches in business and management research
  • Discuss different forms of data and outline their differences
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of research methods and be able to make informed methodological choices
  • Do qualitative research by constructing problem-oriented literature reviews, formalising meaningful research questions, handling and evaluating a range of evidence, and be able to deduce arguments on the basis of data

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Do qualitative research by constructing problem-oriented literature reviews, formalising meaningful research questions, handling and evaluating a range of evidence, and be able to deduce arguments on the basis of data

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understand commonly used qualitative research approaches in business and management research
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of research methods and be able to make informed methodological choices
  • Demonstrate an awareness of contemporary ethical issues in research and strategies for addressing them
  • Do qualitative research by constructing problem-oriented literature reviews, formalising meaningful research questions, handling and evaluating a range of evidence, and be able to deduce arguments on the basis of data

Changes from Previous Offering

Additional focus on writing at professional research standard.