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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit considers the quantitative research methods used in studying business, management and organisational analysis. Topics to be covered include: research design including experimental designs studies; data collection including designing data collection instruments, sampling strategies and assessing the appropriateness of archival data for a research purpose; data analysis including graphical and numerical techniques for the exploration of large data sets; communication of quantitative research; and the use of statistical software packages such as SPSS in research.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • acquire the necessary quantitative skills to conduct high quality independent research related to business administration
  • acquire a comprehensive grounding in a number of quantitative methods of data production and analysis
  • consider and evaluate data collection instruments, sampling strategies and the appropriateness of archival data for a research purpose
  • assess research design including experimental designs, observational studies, case studies, longitudinal analysis
and cross-sectional analysis
  • conduct quantitative data analysis of a suitable multivariate data set through a practical research activity.


Within sememster assessement: 100%

Contact hours

3 hours per week


BEX5010 and students must be enrolled in course 4408 Master of Philosophy before undertaking this unit.