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MGS5900: Research report

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal datesfor the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics


Professor HB Klopper


South Africa

  • Term 2 2018 (On-campus block of classes)
  • Term 4 2018 (On-campus block of classes)


Students need to have achieved a minimum grade of 70% in MGS5000 and be granted permission before undertaking this unit.




Students conduct an original research project on a significant issue in management. The project can be purely theoretical; e.g.: a literature review leading to development of a new model and/or propositions for future research; an empirical examination such as a test of hypotheses based on primary survey data and/or interviews; a test of hypotheses based on secondary data sources, exploratory or explanatory case study work, experimental or simulation work, or the development of a methodology contributing to the solution of a significant organisational problem.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. conduct a research project on a significant issue in the field management
  2. critically evaluate the extant literature based on the relevant research topic
  3. design and execute a research plan, identifying appropriate methodology contributing to the overall analysis
  4. critically analyse the findings in a major analytical report on the project.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor HB Klopper

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