BUS412 Honours Research Methods (16)

This subject focuses on developing students' understanding of research methods that will be integral for the completion of their dissertation. The assignments you complete will broaden your understanding of alternative approaches to qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. The subject will be tailored according to the discipline and research interests of the students completing their honours degree. Potential topics covered will include the use of qualitative research methods, case method analysis, regression analysis and other multivariate techniques (eg factor analysis, cluster analysis, structural equation modelling, time series analysis), and measurement scale development. Students will also prepare their research proposal as part of this subject.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BUS412. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students in Bachelor of Business (Honours).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to design, conduct and analyse qualitative research projects using a variety of qualitative research techniques;
  • be able to demonstrate understanding and implement multivariate analysis techniques appropriate for their specific research questions;
  • be able to demonstrate appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of the qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies selected for their dissertation;
  • have prepared and presented a research proposal for their honours dissertation that will be completed in their dissertation.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Research paradigms
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Case study analysis
  • Regression analysis (including time-series analysis, and limited dependent variable models)
  • Factor analysis
  • Cluster analysis
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Discriminant analysis
  • Analytical procedures for evaluating qualitative research data, including interpretation of underlying themes and software packages such as NVIVO.
  • Using SPSS statistical software in a variety of multivariate applications
  • Preparation of research proposals

Note: the actual topics covered in this subject will be tailored according to the interests of students or student cohorts


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.