• Code MMIB8004
  • Unit Value 18 to 24 units
  • Offered by Research School of Management
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Management, Marketing and International Business
  • Areas of interest Business Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    Second Semester 2022
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Special research topic students should speak with the Course Convener and their topic supervisor about the mode of delivery for their project studies.

The Special Research Topic 2 (SRT2) is an AQF Level 9 (Masters) and AQF Level 10 (PhD) course reserved for Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates and coursework Masters students who are called to develop their research study theoretically and/or empirically as a way to systematically circumscribe extant knowledge and/or propose answers/solutions to a complex problem or social phenomenon related to, or within and/or adjacent, to their main research topic within any discipline offered by the Research School of Management. Enrolment into SRT2 can only be done after approval of the topic by the student’s principal supervisor and the RSM Deputy Director (HDR).

SRT2 is typically a 24 unit course (completed over two semesters) that offers the candidate the possibility to integrate immersions in industry, country, specific projects that may require an in-situ co-supervision. SRT2 can also be appropriate for HDR candidates who are keen in developing and conducting a study through industry immersion for up to 12 months as part of their degree but with the ultimate purpose as described above.

The typical outcome of the SRT2 is a manuscript of publishable quality with a length of 4,500-6,000 words per 6 units of study, that:

1.   is in the form of article or case study or analytical data set developed around the empirical study and experience gathered through industry immersion

2.   empirically addresses a clear problem within the business and management domains and that helps advance theoretical and/or empirical knowledge within the domain

3.   showcases the results and solutions proposed to address the problem, and ready for dissemination.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify an issue or problem or consequences of an industry/social phenomenon within a domain or across domains within business and management studies worth an industry immersion for academic research
  2. Determine the relevant databases to systematically retrieve relevant and appropriate literatures, both theoretical and grey, to address the research problem
  3. Critically review extant knowledge and available industry data as related to the topic of interest
  4. Formulate an appropriate research strategy acceptable to both academia and industry in view of addressing the problem
  5. Devise an effective research design with a justification of the methodology(ies) appropriate for the topic of interest
  6. Determine the contributions and implications of the research for the advancement of industry practice and theoretical knowledge
  7. Propose future directions of research based on the review/conceptual/theoretical framework or the results and findings related to the research problem or question
  8. Develop a manuscript/report appropriate for the type of problem being researched using the appropriate academic/industry language and following the structure of a targeted journal or industry publication outlet

Other Information

This is a special topics course for Research School of Management Higher Degree Research & coursework Masters students. The nature of the topic and assessment required will be negotiated with the student's supervisor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Typical assessment may include, but is not restricted to: written sections (Rationale to the research, Research problems and questions, Literature review, Research design, Methodology) within a manuscript (4,500-6,000 words per 6u of study). Further details will be made available via the Class Summary. (90) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
  2. Oral presentation and defence of sections during the course and/or the major written deliverable the end of the course. Further details will be made available via the Class Summary. (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Students taking this course are expected to commit 130 hours of total student learning time per 6 units of study, comprising of independent student research, consultations with an ANU supervisor, reading, writing and presentations.

Inherent Requirements

Agreement from a supervisor to supervise the research project.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Management to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Information about the prescribed textbook (if any) will be made available via the Class Summary and in discussion with an ANU supervisor.

Student will be expected to access through the library and online published research and information on the topic of interest including peer reviewed journal articles, books, book chapters, industry reports, expert reports etc.

Preliminary Reading

Readings relevant to each student's research project topic will be determined in discussion with an ANU supervisor.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
18 to 24 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4278 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7383 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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