University of Technology Sydney

21908 Research Design and Organisation

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UTS: Business: Management
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


The subject provides advanced knowledge and advice in the design, execution and writing up of research. The aim is to develop high quality, critical thinking, creative and productive academics and researchers of the future. The core assessment tasks are all directly relevant to student's research projects.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Apply advanced skills in research design, analysis and writing
2. Demonstrate the awareness of the moral and ethical obligations and implications of their own social science research
3. Apply the knowledge and learning gained in this subject to the design of their own research project

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The subject provides a more tailored and specialised grounding in the research topic. The subject aims to develop research students of quality, equipped with the knowledge and skills to enjoy a productive career in relevant academic and research fields. A concrete output for students will be the improvement of their research proposal.

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject is delivered through a series of workshops in which the various research skills are taught and their application demonstrated and practised through experiential class activities and set assignments related to current research of students.

Content (topics)

  • Framing your research
  • The literature review
  • Your research design
  • Your epistemological stance
  • Writing up your research
  • The revision process
  • Your research ethics
  • Your research process


Assessment task 1: Initial Research Proposal and Presentation (Individual)*


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

Weight: 40%

1500 words + bibliography


*Note: Late submission of the assessment task will not be marked and awarded a mark of zero.

Assessment task 2: Research Proposal Peer Review (Group)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

Weight: 20%

1000 words (maximum) + bibliography

Assessment task 3: Research Proposal (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

Weight: 40%

3300 words (maximum) proposal + 1500 words (maximum) response letter

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Recommended texts

Selected chapters in the following textbooks will be consulted throughout the term.

Cassell, C., Cunliffe, A. L., & Grandy, G. (2018). The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods: History and Traditions. SAGE Publications Ltd.

Creswell, J. W. & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (Fifth edition.). SAGE Publications, Inc.

De Vaus, D. A. (2001). Research design in social research. London: SAGE.

Gorard, S. (2013). Research design : creating robust approaches for the social sciences. London ;: SAGE. (available online via UTS library)

Leavy, P. (2017). Research design : quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, arts-based, and community-based participatory research approaches. New York, New York ;: The Guilford Press. (available online via UTS library)

Strang, K. D. (2015). The Palgrave handbook of research design in business and management. New York City, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.


A detailed reading list will be shared in Canvas. The reading list is a recommendation--students are expected to select readings that will be useful for their own research.