University of Technology Sydney

21912 Thesis Proposal in Management (Honours)

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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.


This subject requires students to produce a written thesis literature review of about 5000 words that forms the basis of the research to be carried out in 21913 Thesis in Management (Honours). Students are allocated an academic supervisor from within the Management Discipline Group, with whom they meet regularly throughout their enrolment in the subject. The subject develops the student's competency in carrying out a critical review of the literature and the selection and justification of appropriate research methodologies.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. research the academic and practitioner literature in areas relevant to their honours thesis topic
2. write a literature review based on the above research of the literature
3. conceptualise and develop a research proposal on an original problem of a theoretical or applied nature in the area of management
4. write a research proposal that incorporates a review of the relevant literature and a description of the proposed methodology

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject is a preparation for the honours thesis, which is the culmination of the honours degree. It enables students to decide on an appropriate topic for their honours thesis, to obtain the required knowledge and understanding of the literature relevant to their thesis topic, and to decide on the appropriate methodology for carrying out the research.

Teaching and learning strategies

This is an individually supervised subject with no formally scheduled class. An academic supervisor will be allocated to each student at the commencement of enrolment in the subject, and regular meetings will occur at times to be arranged. Students will also be required to give an oral presentation to staff and other research students at a seminar arranged by the Management Discipline Group.

Content (topics)

  • Writing a literature review
  • Developing a research topic
  • Deciding on appropriate research methodology
  • Ethical considerations in the carrying out of management research
  • Writing a research proposal


Assessment task 1: Literature Review (individual)


This informs the conceptual development of the thesis topic


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 4

Weight: 50%

5000 words maximum

Assessment task 2: Thesis proposal (individual)


This includes a public defence at the end of semester one of the student’s research approach.


This addresses subject learning objective(s):


Weight: 50%

15 minutes (+ 5 minutes of questions from the audience)

Minimum requirements

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

Required texts

Essential texts will be determined by the student in conjunction with their academic supervisor.

Recommended texts

The student's supervisor may recommend material depending on the particular topic area chosen for the empirical research.

See also the list of references at the end of this document.


Bryman, A. (2012). Social research methods. Oxford: Oxford university press.

Creswell, J. W., & Clark, V. L. P. (2011). Designing and conducting mixed methods research. Los Angeles, Calif: SAGE Publications

Dezin, N. K., & Lincoln, Y. S. (Eds.). (2008). The Landscape of Qualitative Research. Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage

Denzin, N. and Lincoln, Y. (2005). The Handbook of Qualitative Research. London: Sage.

Saunders, M. N., Saunders, M., Lewis, P., & Thornhill, A. (2011). Research methods for business students, 5/e. Pearson Education India.

Stokes, P. (2011). Key concepts in business and management research methods. Palgrave Macmillan.

Veal, A. J. (2005). Business research methods: A managerial approach. Pearson Education Australia/Addison Wesley.

Zikmund, W., Babin, B., Carr, J., & Griffin, M. (2012). Business research methods. Cengage Learning.