RES702 Research Methodology for Professional Practice (16)

This subject describes the dominant research methodologies applied to researching professional practice. Students then engage with qualitative and quantitative research methods focusing on data collection, data analysis, interpretation and evaluation issues. Students will prepare a research plan incorporating a critique of existing knowledge, appropriate research methodology, suitable data collection and analysis techniques and an outline of the ethical issues specific to their research. Students engage with research traditions and paradigms relevant to their discipline.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: RES702. 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


Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Students must be enrolled in Higher Degree by Research studies.

Incompatible Subjects

DBA712, EMG707, ITC712

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and justify an appropriate research methodology applicable to their research;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the professional cultural and social contexts within which their research enquiry is undertaken;
  • be able to systematically investigate and critically evaluate a range of applied research methodologies and approaches;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods in relation to their research, including relevant data collection, analysis, interpretation and evaluation methods and techniques; and
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the ethical issues in their research, including recognising the significance of consent, confidentiality and other ethical considerations pertinent to researching professional practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Research methodology, traditions and paradigms
  • Qualitative research methods: data collection, analysis, interpretation and evaluation
  • Quantitative research methods: data collection, analysis, interpretation and evaluation
  • Mixed methods

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.