MBAZ604-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Business Research Methods

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


Business research methods including statistical and qualitative approaches are introduced. Students will develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake academic and professional research in the field of business.

You’ll learn about performing business consulting projects for organisational clients as part of your master degree qualification. The project you perform subsequent to this course will be under the supervision of an academic. Your learning on this course is constructed around your personal development, including to be able to relate to prospective supervisors and clients. It starts with being in the business of consultancy and how and why consultants conduct enquiries on behalf of officials of a client organisation, including the relationship between individuals and teams of consultants and their clients. The course covers the design and implementation of projects, including the student consultant working to the specifications of his/her client. It covers methods for deriving questions and issues that form the basis of projects, for conducting enquiries and processing empirical materials, and for presenting and reporting findings and recommendations. The course incorporates reflecting on these as learning experiences to be capitalised on in the future. The organisational research methods include both qualitative and quantitative approaches. While during the course you will develop some specific knowledge and skills required to undertake academic and professional research in the field of organisations and business administration, the emphasis is on enabling you to identify and develop relevant knowledge and skills of this nature as and when you need them in career situations.

Learning Outcomes

Having engaged in learning during the course, a student will be able to do the following as part of a consulting engagement:
1. Deal with officials of client organisations and take account of their needs, but with an eye on ethical and broader considerations.
2. Form suitable professional relations with academic supervisors.
3. Develop ideas and business circumstances/problems into a potential consulting project.
4. Conduct exploratory work and formulate a plan for the project.
5. Construct a statistical or theoretical sample and gather empirical materials from the sample.
6. Conduct document analysis to obtain empirical materials.
7. Obtain empirical materials through interviews, focus groups, observations and conversations in an organisational setting.
8. Analyse, interpret and synthesise empirical materials.
9. Present the findings and recommendations of a consulting project to a small client audience.
10. Apply such generic skills as team working, negotiation, communicating, analysing qualitative and quantitative data, reflective thinking and developing professionally.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 E12
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 Rehua 620
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 14:00 E12
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Thursday 16:00 - 18:00 Meremere 526 (22/2)
F1 Lectorial (29/2-28/3, 2/5-30/5)
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Beverley Lord


Keith Dixon and Andrea Menclova

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,066.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Business Taught Masters Programmes .

All MBAZ604 Occurrences

  • MBAZ604-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024