Unit Learning Outcomes addressed:

  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to identify, assimilate, and review applications of, particular research techniques.
  • Identify various means of data collection that are feasible and can be ethically enacted.
  • Articulate and critically evaluate differences between alternative research methodologies.
  • Explain how research outcomes may be affected by the nature and application of particular research techniques.
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to construct a robust methodology for addressing a research question.
  • Explain how the use of selected methodologies is relevant to a specific research proposal.

Criteria for Assessment 2 Individual Written Report:

  • Clarity of introduction
  • Literature review
  • Methods
  • Findings of a qualitative study

Submission Date:

Week 8 (online submission).

Total Mark & Weighting:

40 marks | 40%

Students are advised that any submissions past the due date without an approved extension or approved extenuating circumstances incur a 5% penalty per calendar day, calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 40 will incur a 2-mark penalty per calendar day.

Task description For Assessment 2 Individual Written Report

This assessment will help you to design and implement a qualitative study. The knowledge and skills you have acquired in BUS 600, BUS 604, and BUS 606 will be useful in this assessment.



Excelsia College is one of the fastest-growing faith-based Colleges in Australia. The College relies mostly on international students. As part of developing a student satisfaction strategy, the College is seeking to understand the learning experience of its international students. Based on this scenario, conduct qualitative research to help the College to obtain useful insights to develop the strategy.

You must identify, define, and situate the research problem in relevant literature and theory. Develop research questions and research objectives based on your research problem. Please limit your research questions to three.

To clearly define and justify your research problem, you must learn from the existing literature and understand what other researchers have done and how they have done it. Thus, you must critically review relevant literature on the above topic. The literature review will enable you to overcome challenges in designing your research and implementing it (Please review not less than 20 journal articles from top-tier journals).

Design your qualitative study and report your findings. After the literature review, use an appropriate qualitative research strategy to address the research problem you have identified. Identify and describe your sample for the study. Based on the research questions, design a semistructured interview guide to collect data from your sample. Limit your sample size to four. Describe how you selected your sample, how you contacted them, how you conducted interviews, how long the interview took, and how you recorded the interviews. Transcribe all the interviews, code them, and analyze them using a thematic analysis technique. Provide justifications for all your methodological decisions.

Attach your codes and interview transcripts as appendices.

Structure of the research report:

Abstract: state your research objective, your research strategy, sample, participant selection method, data collection method, data analysis method, and key findings.

Introduction: Using relevant sources describe the basic facts and importance of the research topic – provide the general and specific contexts of the study. Describe clearly and concisely, the issues you want to address- state the specific problem you want to address (e.g. lack of understanding of the subject, competing explanations, overlooked area), and situate it in the relevant literature, and theory. State the motivation of your research and how important is it for Excelsia College, the education sector in Australia, and knowledge advancement. State your research questions/ objectives.

Qualitative design: Based on your research design conduct your qualitative study. Restate your research questions/ objectives. Describe the qualitative research strategy you have chosen for your study.

Identify and describe your sample for the study- who are the participants of your study?. Provide justifications for selecting these participants.

Based on your research questions, design a semi-structured interview guide to collect data from your participants. Provide justifications for using a semi-structured interview for your data collection.

Describe how you selected your participants, how you contacted them, how you conducted your interviews, how long the interview took, and how you recorded the interviews. Provide justifications for your decisions.

Analysis and Findings: Transcribe all the interviews, code them, and analyze them using a thematic analysis technique. Write a report to present your key findings.

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