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MPD912 - Quantitative Thesis Research

Unit details

Year2017 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:



MPD911, 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 advised



This unit provides an overview of research methods used in quantitative business research projects, such as ones that involve hypothesis testing.  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 design a research method that is appropriate for answering a quantitative research question that includes design of an appropriate way for identifying and selecting participants, development of an appropriate instrument for collecting the data, consideration of any ethical issues and a plan for analysing the data.  An important output from the unit is a draft of the methods chapter of the thesis.

While we cover 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) that might be needed for their thesis research.

The unit is normally taken after completion of MPD911 and MPD910.  Candidates may undertake both MPD912 and MPD916.


Written Assignment 1 2000 words 20%, Written Assignment 2 3000 words 30%, Written Assignment 3 5000 words 50%

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