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Research Foundations (MGMT90249)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMGMT90249
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces students to the fundamental philosophical and theoretical issues underlying different research paradigms in Management and Marketing. Topics include: ontology, epistemology, axiology and methodology; the philosophy of science; the philosophy of social science; the nature of social inquiry; different paradigmatic approaches to understanding reality, including positivism, critical realism, social constructionism, and radical alternatives; and the nature of theory and the theory building process. The focus will be on understanding research as a social process where philosophical and theoretical issues have important implications for how we undertake research and for the legitimacy of our knowledge claims. The subject will also teach students academic writing skills to effectively make a case for their research.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand the ontological and epistemological foundations of knowledge.
  • Understand the diversity of ways of knowing reality and what they mean for research practice.
  • Appreciate the importance of the philosophy of social science for the practice of research.
  • Understand nature of theory and the theory building process.
  • Understand the research process as a contested social process.
  • Learn effective academic writing skills.

Generic skills

  • Problem solving skills, which should be enhanced through the study of research design and research methods.
  • Writing skills appropriate for the preparation of academic articles and research reports in Management and Marketing, including the doctoral thesis.
  • Analytical skills, which should be developed through the evaluation of quantitative and qualitative empirical research literature.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Individual class presentation (30 minutes + questions), due throughout semester from Week 7

  • 30 minutes
Throughout the semester20%

Class participation

Throughout the semester10%

Individual assignment

  • 3000 words
Week 1130%

Take home examination (equivalent to 2000 words)

  • 2 hours
End of semester40%

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorGraham Sewell
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours (one 3 hour seminar per week)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Prof Graham Sewell gsewell@unimelb.edu.au

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

Last updated: 19 July 2019