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The Faculty of Business and Law offers units designed to support PhD, DBA and Masters by Research candidates to complete key stages of their thesis. These units aim to build on existing research training and research experience and to facilitate the development of a doctoral/masters-level thesis. The units involve two or three one-day workshops and are generally offered in Trimesters 1 and 2.
Higher Degree by Research candidates in Accounting, Economics or Finance may complete up to four units from a discipline-specific series in the first year of candidature as specified. Options for students in other disciplines are detailed below.
This unit is about the design of doctoral and Masters level business research projects. The unit covers:
That is, the unit is designed to support the initial design and development of candidate's own research project. The result is the research proposal.
MPD911 is normally taken in the first trimester of the candidate's research project at the same time as MPD910.
This unit deals with the practical aspects of critically evaluating existing knowledge in a selected business field, and effectively communicating, in a clear and persuasive way, insights gained from this assessment in a literature review. This capability is crucial for successful research projects at doctoral level.
The unit assists candidates to situate their proposed research and chosen research methods within the body of existing research within their discipline. This will allow them to make knowledgeable choices about methods for undertaking that research and to develop clear and relevant research questions, propositions or hypotheses.
The main output from the unit is a draft of the literature review chapter of the thesis. The work is usually also incorporated into the candidate's research proposal for MPD911.
MPD910 is normally taken in the first trimester of the candidate's research project at the same time as MPD911.
This unit provides an overview of research methods used in quantitative business research projects. It aims to develop each student's ability to produce conceptually well-grounded, systematically-conducted and well-analysed quantitative research. At the end of this unit, students should be able to:
This unit covers the basics of descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will develop a practical plan for obtaining specialist methods training in techniques such as ANOVA/MANOVA, factor analysis, regression, or structural equation modelling.
An important output from the unit is a draft of the methods chapter of the thesis.
The unit is normally taken after completion of MPD911 and MPD910. Candidates may undertake both MPD912 and MMD916.
This unit provides higher degree by research candidates with a grounding in the qualitative research methods used in a business discipline thesis. It covers practical aspects of interviewing and other methods for collecting qualitative data. We also investigate and discuss techniques for analysis of qualitative data.
The unit provides candidates with the skills and knowledge to write the methods chapter of their thesis. A draft of the methods chapter comprises the main output from the unit.
The written material will be linked to the literature review underlying the study and will address the research questions that flow from it. The unit is normally taken after completion of MPD911 and MPD910. Candidates may undertake both MPD912 and MMD916.
All the units are assessed to an ungraded pass (UP) level only. PhD candidates who enrol in MPD911 and MPD910 will receive an XA (result not yet finalised) in the units until their candidature is confirmed after which the result is changed to UP. The unit chair, in consultation with the candidate's supervisory team, will determine all other results for DBA and PhD students.
To accommodate the needs of different projects, some flexibility in the due dates of assessment tasks in the thesis support units is necessary. The supervisory team will normally be involved in setting due dates. Some submissions, especially the final submissions for MPD911 and MPD910, are often not in the trimester of enrolment.
Results are normally finalised by the end of the trimester following the unit of enrolment. The exception to this is for PhD students taking MPD911 and MPD910 which are finalised after confirmation. Full-time DBA students must finalise results within 10 months of the start of the trimester of enrolment.