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MPD911 - Thesis Proposal

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne) Intensive

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne) Intensive

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

(For M901 Doctor of Business Administration, M800 Master of Commerce and M901 Doctor of Philosophy students only)

Unit chair:

J McWilliams

Prerequisite:completion of all eight Stage 1 DBA coursework units

MPD910, completion of all eight stage 1 DBA coursework units or enrolment as a HDR candidate

Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

Unit is taught face to face intensively in blocks during the trimester; classes are not held on a weekly basis. Attendance is required at the following times:

  • Dates are to be confirmed



This unit is about the design of doctoral and Masters level business research projects.  We cover techniques for scoping a project, from an initial research idea through to development of precise research questions.  We emphasise the importance of identifying a research problem and formulating appropriate aims and objectives and discuss ways in which research can make a contribution to knowledge.  We discuss various research paradigms and approaches to research, the role of theory and the importance of a critical literature review (see MPD910) for supporting the development of research questions.  We also discuss issues about the data used to provide evidence to answer research questions/hypotheses, the design of appropriate data collection regimes that take into account any ethical issues and the selection of appropriate methods for analysis.  Project management issues are also covered.

All the above is done in the context of the candidate's own research project.  That is, the unit is designed to support the initial design and development of their project.  The main output is the research proposal.

MPD911 is normally taken in the candidate's first trimester after commencing their research project.  It should normally be taken at the same time as MPD910.


Assignment 1 2000 words 20%, Presentation (Oral) 20%, Written Assignment 2 8000 words 60%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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