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MQBS7020 – Qualitative Research Approaches in Business and Economics

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convener
Alison Pullen
Alison Pullen
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
MQBS8020
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, and the ability to analyse, conduct, and evaluate qualitative forms of research.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Explain the role of research philosophy in selecting suitable research methods for a particular study
  • ULO2: Consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of a diverse range of qualitative research methods used in management research in developing a research design
  • ULO3: Address any ethics issues that may arise as part of a research design that involves qualitative methods
  • ULO4: Conduct qualitative research using a basic understanding of different coding strategies, and a range of typical qualitative methods
  • ULO5: Develop a basic research proposal based qualitative methods that links the suitability of the proposed method to the nature of the research question, as well as the relative advantages and disadvantages of the proposed method

General Assessment Information

All coursework will be handed in during class, feedback will be written and oral feedback will be given to the whole group in class.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Critique your preferred method 20% No Week 8
Qualitative research design 40% No Week 10
Weekly reviews 40% No Week 13

Critique your preferred method

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 31 hours
Due: Week 8
Weighting: 20%

 

Select three recent (within the last 5 years) empirical research papers from three different top academic journals that have used a particular research method that you are interested in exploring more deeply, and write a 1,500 word critique of the three papers through critically comparing them on your assessment of the following: 1) Suitability and justification of the chosen method in relation to the research question 2) Technical adequacy of the method application in terms of data collection and analysis

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the role of research philosophy in selecting suitable research methods for a particular study
  • Consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of a diverse range of qualitative research methods used in management research in developing a research design
  • Develop a basic research proposal based qualitative methods that links the suitability of the proposed method to the nature of the research question, as well as the relative advantages and disadvantages of the proposed method

Qualitative research design

Assessment Type 1: Qualitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Week 10
Weighting: 40%

 

Prepare a 2,500 word research proposal that is based on a qualitative research design. The report should contain: 1) Your research problem and research question(s) 2) A justification of your choice of qualitative method(s) in relation to your research question(s) based in a literature review of relevant methodological literature 3) The relation of your choice of qualitative method(s) to your onto-epistemic research philosophy 4) An explanation of how you will conduct your analysis 5) A significant example of actual data collection and analysis, including a summary of your main findings 6) A discussion of limitations and next steps

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the role of research philosophy in selecting suitable research methods for a particular study
  • Consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of a diverse range of qualitative research methods used in management research in developing a research design
  • Conduct qualitative research using a basic understanding of different coding strategies, and a range of typical qualitative methods
  • Develop a basic research proposal based qualitative methods that links the suitability of the proposed method to the nature of the research question, as well as the relative advantages and disadvantages of the proposed method

Weekly reviews

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 40%

 

For each of the sessions from weeks 2-12, write a 500 word review that: 1) Summarises what you believe to be the most important learnings from the seminar and readings in each week, and 2) Critically discuss how the materials covered could relate to your own research project e.g. how might you use some of the points discussed to improve, critique, and/or justify your research project?

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the role of research philosophy in selecting suitable research methods for a particular study
  • Consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of a diverse range of qualitative research methods used in management research in developing a research design
  • Address any ethics issues that may arise as part of a research design that involves qualitative methods
  • Conduct qualitative research using a basic understanding of different coding strategies, and a range of typical qualitative methods
  • Develop a basic research proposal based qualitative methods that links the suitability of the proposed method to the nature of the research question, as well as the relative advantages and disadvantages of the proposed method

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Students will be responsible for researching relevant readings. Materials will be provided by the lecturer.

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

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