KAP001 Research Project

This subject focuses on the advanced knowledge and skills needed to design and undertake a finance‑related research project. It explores the research process and the key elements of a research proposal, including identifying the research problem, aims, undertaking a literature review, research methodologies and writing a research proposal. Throughout the subject, students apply this learning by identifying a topic of their own choice that is of personal interest to them, or of relevance to their work, conducting a critical review of the relevant literature, developing research questions of value and then designing an appropriate research project.


For more information, please refer to the subject outline.

One-week extension on first assessment for Study Period 1, 2021

To ensure students can get their year off to the best possible start, Kaplan Professional is delighted to advise that we’ve granted a one-week extension on the first assessment in Study Period 1 for this subject*. This means the first assessment for this subject will now be due in week 5, commencing 1 February 2021.

For those thinking of commencing or progressing their studies, we hope this can give you the confidence you need to commit to completing a subject in our first intake of 2021 to help build your momentum for the year ahead.

* The one-week extension only applies to the first assessment for a subject. There will be no changes to the due dates for other assessments scheduled in Study Period 1.

  • Learning outcomes
    • On successful completion of this subject, individuals should be able to:

      1. Construct a significant research topic based on finance industry issues.
      2. Review the academic literature and existing theory relevant to a chosen finance-related research topic and communicate significant findings.
      3. Evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
      4. Develop research methodology and design in order to investigate finance-related research questions.
      5. Critically analyse the major ethical issues and limitations involved in applied research.
      6. Develop, present and justify a research proposal as a basis for a finance-related research project.
  • Subject content
    • Topic Content
      Topic 1 Introduction to research
      Topic 2 Literature review
      Topic 3 Qualitative methods
      Topic 4 Quantitative methods
      Topic 5 Surveys and questionnaires
      Topic 6 Data analysis and interpretation
      Topic 7 Research Proposal

  • CPD
    • Kaplan Professional has assessed this subject. Click here for the following CPD hours applicable from 1 January 2019 on successful completion of this course. For subjects or courses completed prior to this date, please contact Kaplan Professional’s CPD Support team on 1300 527 526 or pdmail@kaplan.edu.au.

  • Duration
    • The duration of this subject is one study period (12 weeks).

  • Assessment
  • Prerequisites
    • There are no prerequisites for this subject. However, individuals should review the ‘Assumed Knowledge’ tab to understand the prior knowledge Kaplan advises they should hold before enrolling in this subject.

  • Assumed knowledge
    • Whilst there are no prerequisites for this subject, Kaplan assumes:
      Individuals enrolled in the Master of Applied Finance have completed FIN101 Financial Markets and Economic Principles, FIN102 Regulation Ethics and Risk Management, FIN103 Financial Analysis and Valuation, FIN201 Quantitative Applications in Finance, and seven (7) elective subjects (two (2) from 300-level) or understand the content covered in those subjects, prior to undertaking KAP001 Research Project.

      Individuals enrolled in the Master of Financial Planning have completed all other subjects including nine (9) core and two (2) elective subjects, prior to undertaking KAP001 Research Project.

  • Course transition subject equivalence
    • Individuals may not be required to complete this subject if they have transitioned from a SIA/Finsia/Kaplan course and have completed the following subjects:

      • there are no equivalences for this subject.
  • Reading list
    • Bryman, A, Bell, E, & Harley, B 2019, Business Research Methods, 5th edn, Oxford University Press, New York.