DBA711 Research Issues (16)

This subject introduces students to doctoral research and the underpinning theoretical foundations of applied research. The aim of the subject is to inform research practice and build knowledge and skills that will provide benefit during doctoral candidature and beyond. Attention is given to the nature of the research process, including the steps to be followed in planning and designing a research project. An outline of the philosophy of research and the means by which researchers identify issues and acquire knowledge is also provided.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DBA711. 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 Accounting and Finance

Enrolment Restrictions

Doctor of Business Administration

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically evaluate the requirements of a professional doctorate, including the role and responsibilities of research students and ethical considerations;
  • be able to independently reflect upon and apply the key planning and design steps in research;
  • be able to evaluate and synthesise the philosophical assumptions and different approaches and strategies for conducting research;
  • be able to analyse the appropriateness of a range of research paradigms relevant to applied doctoral research.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • expectations and requirements of doctoral research
  • doctoral contributions to knowledge and professional practice
  • planning and designing a research project
  • developing research questions and hypotheses
  • ethics in research
  • the philosophy of research
  • research paradigms

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of DBA711 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Research issues scoping project
Small scale literature review
Research paradigms

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.