• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Toni Eagar
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

The special topic is suitable for Honours-level students wishing to carry out applied research related to a problem in a particular disciplinary domain within Business and Management. Though prior research experience is not a prerequisite, students are expected to

  1. draw on prior professional experience or prior studies bearing on the topic of interest, and
  2. independently acquire (under supervision) the research knowledge and skills deemed appropriate to the successful completion of this course.

Candidates must prepare a report for their applied topic in business studies.

Candidates will be expected to analyse a broad range of published sources on the topic issue; apply tools and techniques from undergraduate courses in the Research School of Management; gather some original input by collecting data in the field; and develop well-founded suggestions as to the implications of the topic issue.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify an issue or problem within a domain or across domains within business and management studies
  2. Formulate an appropriate research strategy in view of addressing the problem
  3. Critically discuss theoretical and empirical evidence related to the topic of interest
  4. Devise an effective research design with a justification of the methodology(ies) appropriate for the topic of interest
  5. Determine the implications of the proposed research for theory and practice
  6. Create a research report suitable for the type (empirical or theoretical) problem under scrutiny

Other Information

This is a special topics course for Research School of Management Honours 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: (i) written sections (Rationale to the research, Research problems and questions, Literature review, Research design, Methodology) within a report (~5,000 words). Further details will be made available via the Class Summary. (90) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. (ii) Oral presentation and defence of sections during the course and/or the final report at the end of the course. Further details will be made available via the Class Summary. (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Students taking this course are expected to commit 130 hours to completing the work. For semester length offerings this will typically include at least 10 hours a week on average (excluding non-teaching weeks) on course reading, research, writing and assessment work.

Inherent Requirements

This course has no inherent requirements.

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.

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

Any Business Research Methods book available at the ANU library


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:
6 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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
3541 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8521 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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