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Required Resources

Students may be required to use Web browsers, text processing, spread sheets and slide presentation packages to complete their assignments.
These should be available for use in University computer labs.

Unit Schedule

Week Date* Activities Assessment
0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 28/02/11 The Nature of Research  
2 07/03/11 Literature Analysis  
3 14/03/11 Experiments  
4 21/03/11 Surveys  
5 28/03/11 Analysis of Quantitative Data 1  
6 04/04/11 Analysis of Quantitative Data 2 Assignment 1 due 7 April 2011
7 11/04/11 Analysis of Quantitative Data 3  
8 18/04/11 Analysis of Quantitative Data 4  
Mid semester break
9 02/05/11 Case Studies Assignment 2 due 26 May 2011
10 09/05/11 Analysis of Qualitative Data  
11 16/05/11 Design Science Research  
12 23/05/11 Communicating Research Assignment 3 Class presentation due Week 12
  30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

*Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

Assessment Policy

To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 - Survey
    In this assignment students should submit the questionnaire for a survey of top 500 corporations in Australia on their e-business activities. With this survey students will try to find out more about the problems encountered, solutions identified, and benefits achieved of e-business.
    Criteria for assessment:

    To be advised.

    Due date:
    7 April 2011
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 - Development and analysis of statistical tests
    In this assignment, students will have to perform:

    1. Non-parametric correlation analysis, and provide interpretation of the findings in a report.

    2. KW test, and provide interpretation of the findings in a report.
    Criteria for assessment:

    To be advised.

    Due date:
    26 May 2011
  • Assessment task 3
    Assignment 3 - Mini research project or conference paper
    Students carry out a mini research project working in small teams or prepare a conference paper as an individual. Each team or individual gives a presentation on their results and submits a written report.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Detailed marking guides for both the presentation and the written report are available on the unit Moodle site.

    Due date:
    Class presentation (Week 12 tutorial), Research report (6 June 2011)


Assignment submission

Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Referencing requirements

All assignments should use APA style for referencing.


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Reading List

WG Zikmund, BJ Babin, JC Carr, M Griffin (2010).  Business Research Methods (8th edition) South-Western (Cengage Learning). ISBN-13: 978-0-324-32062-6
John W Creswell (2009). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches (3rd Edition). ISBN: 9781412965576 
W. Lawrence Neuman (2006). Social Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, Pearson.

Lists of additional readings will be provided for each lecture. See Moodle for further details.

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