Research Project D (Thesis) Online Course

Research Project D (Thesis) Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Develop innovative approaches to workplace activities through systematic research in an industry relating to their stream studies.

Apply and build on skills and competencies gained throughout previously studied modules developing initiative and innovation.

Course Aims:

  • Construct a problem statement
  • Identify related literature resources which correspond to ‘the problem statement’
  • Understand nature of hypotheses and methods of hypothesis development
  • Develop initial method for your research project
  • Identify the data sources for the research project
  • Complete a Research Proposal
  • Understand how to structure a thesis
  • Complete an Ethics Form to gain approval for research
  • Write a thesis draft.


Detailed Course Outline

There are 10 lessons in this course:

The Problem Statement

  • Introduction
  • What is a problem
  • Selecting a topic
  • Structure of a problem statement
  • How does a problem statement relate to quantitative and qualitative research
  • Referencing and reference types

The Literature Review Part I

  • What is a literature review
  • Relating your literature review to the problem statement
  • Types of literature
  • Collecting information
  • Finding literature: text books, journal articles, indexes, abstracts, internet

The Literature Review Part II

  • Critical reading
  • Literature review structure
  • Writing
  • Verbs
  • Quotations
  • Presentation of work

The Hypothesis

  • What is a hypothesis
  • Definitions
  • Scientific method
  • Structuring a hypothesis
  • What is not a hypothesis
  • Null hypothesis
  • Correlation vs cause and effect
  • Occam’s razor

The Method

  • Introduction
  • Structuring your research method
  • Research strategy
  • Data collection
  • Quantitative data
  • Qualitative data
  • Data sampling
  • Sampling methods
  • Research integrity

Data Collection

  • Introduction
  • Primary and secondary sources of data
  • Quantitative data
  • Qualitative data
  • Data collection
  • Literature review
  • Key informants
  • Experimental
  • Correlation
  • What is correlation
  • Questionnaires, Surveys and Tests
  • Interviews
  • Documentation
  • Observation
  • Focus groups
  • Case studies
  • Combination and triangulation

Research Proposal

  • Introduction
  • Outline
  • Cover Page, abstract, introduction, problem statement, hypothesis, context background, literature survey, research methodology
  • Time schedule, budget, terminology, resource list, appendix
  • Academic writing

Thesis Writing

  • Nature of thesis structure
  • Thesis structure guidelines: different types


  • Ethics of collecting data
  • Human research
  • Non human research
  • Ethics committee
  • Categories of research

Where To From Here

  • Pitfalls
  • Finalising a thesis submission

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