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Hobart, Launceston

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BMA403 examines the principles and processes used to identify a research opportunity, and to articulate and justify the focus and purpose of a research study. The unit will examine topics such as 1) how research contributes to the development of theory, policy, and professional practice, 2) types of research and research contribution, 3) the role of theory in research, 4) Tracking development of a theory over time, and 5) alternative ways of framing a research focus. It will also examine strategies and practices for reviewing literature, including approaches for mapping a literature to figure out what work has been done and what gaps remain, and approaches for presenting a literature review to justify a particular research focus.

Summary 2021

Unit name Developing research topics in Accounting and Business Management
Unit code BMA403
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management

Dr Megan Woods

Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

ILO1Explain the significance of theory in academic research.
ILO2Critically review the functions of an Honours dissertation in Accounting and Business Management.
ILO3Demonstrate application of the academic skills of analysis and interpretation in evaluating the literature pertinent to your research topic.
ILO4Justify research question(s) based on the literature reviewed.
ILO5Communicate complex research ideas in both oral and written forms.





Teaching Pattern

9 x 1hour weekly online optional tutorial/ drop In consultations sessions delivered via Zoom. Please check the unit outline for details.


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Flexible Study Options

This unit may be taken by both on-campus and off-campus students in 2021.



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