BUSN20021 - Business Research Project
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

Business Research Project is an independent 12cp research unit. You will identify and conduct supervised independent research in an appropriate area of interest of relevance to your specific Masters Course. You will identify the topic, review existing literature, set the research questions, define the methodology, collect and analyse the data, and write up the final business project. The emphasis in this unit is on self-development under supervision of an appropriate faculty member.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BUSN20016 Research in Business and 72 credit points of relevant unit work specific to their chosen discipline .

As this unit involves integrating the majority of the content of a course in a research context, it is recommended students will undertake this research task having completed the majority of their course.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 100%

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Interpret research knowledge and apply to working within a business context.
  2. Analyse the business phenomena and apply systematic inquiry skills to a defined problem.
  3. Generate hypotheses of relevance to business practice and operationalise these into testable research questions.
  4. Design qualitative and/or quantitative research methods including the collection of data, analysis and interpretation of findings.
  5. Identify and analyse research literature.
  6. Incorporate knowledge of ethical, legal and professional matters into the research process.
  7. Apply high-level written communication skills and an awareness of professional writing styles to the production of the final thesis.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Knowledge          
2. Communication            
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills      
4. Research  
5. Self-management            
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility            
7. Leadership              

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

This is a supervised research project unit, with no set text. Where required, readings will be provided on the Moodle site, and readings, including journal articles will be provided as required during the term.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorOlav Muurlink (o.muurlink@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Identify supervisor and discuss topic area. Do readings under guidance of the supervisor, and aim to finalise topic by week 2.

Engage with readings provided in Moodle.

Crafting a well-defined topic is one of the most important parts of doing research.

Defining a topic can be a multi-step process. You need to:

  • Think about what drew you to the topic in the first place: what areas interest you the most?
  • Do some basic research both for background information and to find out what's already been written on your topic.
  • Be sure you have a manageable amount to cover within the time and space requirements of your assignment.
Week 2 17-07-2017

Finalise topic.

Commence project plan.

Finalise project plan.

Continue working on project as per supervisor guidance.

Engage with readings provided in Moodle.

Choosing and refining a successful search strategy.
Week 3 24-07-2017

Decide method and apply for Ethics if required.

Finalise Ethics.

Continue working on project as per supervisor guidance.

Engage with readings provided in Moodle.

Select the appropriate method for your question.

+ descriptive - qualitative or quantitative

+ exploratory - qualitative.

+ causal - quantitative

Apply for ethics this week.

Week 4 31-07-2017

Commence systematic literature review.

Continue working on project as per supervisor guidance.

Engage with readings provided in Moodle.

Commence writing. You'll need to write your paper and cite your sources in a standard manner. This section will:
  • Guide you to writing help on campus and at the library through several websites.
  • Take you to help sheets on the most common styles for formatting bibliographies, works cited lists, and footnotes/endnotes.
  • Help you in the important task of avoiding plagiarism.
Week 5 07-08-2017

Literature and citation.

Engage with readings provided in Moodle.

Continue to work on literature review, focusing on structure and organisation.
Vacation Week 14-08-2017

Continue to work on literature review, focusing on structure and organisation.

Week 6 21-08-2017

Continue with literature review.

Engage with readings provided in Moodle.

Continue to search and write up literature.

Week 7 28-08-2017

Commence data collection stage no later than Week 7.

Engage with readings on data approaches.

Continue to search and write up literature.

Week 8 04-09-2017

Continue data collection and begin to set up data analysis.

Engage with readings on data analysis approaches.

Continue to search and write up literature.

Week 9 11-09-2017

Continue working on project as per supervisors guidance. Data analysis.

Engage with readings provided in Moodle.

Write Methods section.

Week 10 18-09-2017

Continue working on project as per supervisors guidance. Data analysis.

Engage with readings provided in Moodle.

Begin to write findings.

Week 11 25-09-2017

Continue working on project as per supervisors guidance.

Engage with readings provided in Moodle.

Finalise write-up of findings, and begin discussion and conclusion.

Week 12 02-10-2017

Continue working on project as per supervisors guidance.

Engage with readings provided in Moodle.

Finalise discussion and conclusion. Edit and check work.

Written Assessment Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 12:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Mini thesis completed for examination.

Exam Week 16-10-2017

Mini-thesis examined

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

BUSN 20021 requires the production of a mini-thesis. This project should be developed from the knowledge that you have gained during your Masters work, in consultation with your chosen supervisor. Your thesis will be approximately 6,000 words in length, and require some original research, using either primary or secondary research, or potentially a structured systematic literature review.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 12:00 PM AEST
Submitted to supervisor
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 100%
Assessment Criteria

Thesis Examination Criteria

You will be assessed on the following areas

  • does the student show sufficient familiarity with, and understanding and critical appraisal of, the relevant literature?
  • does the thesis provide a sufficiently comprehensive investigation of the topic?
  • are the research methods and techniques adopted appropriate to the subject matter and are they properly justified and applied?
  • are the research results suitably set out and accompanied by adequate exposition and interpretation?
  • are conclusions and implications appropriately developed and clearly linked to the nature and content of the research framework and findings?
  • has/have the research question(s) been tested or explored according to disciplinary norms?
  • is the quality of communication and general presentation of the thesis of a suitably high standard?
  • does the thesis as a whole constitute a substantive original contribution to knowledge in the subject area with which it deals?

Examiners are also asked to consider the following attributes.

  • demonstrates authority in the field and shows evidence of knowledge
  • demonstrate a thorough grasp of the appropriate methodological techniques and an awareness of their limitations
  • make a contribution to knowledge demonstrate the student's ability to communicate research findings effectively in the professional arena and in an international context
  • demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, research ethics and integrity
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Interpret research knowledge and apply to working within a business context.

2. Analyse the business phenomena and apply systematic inquiry skills to a defined problem.

3. Generate hypotheses of relevance to business practice and operationalise these into testable research questions.

4. Design qualitative and/or quantitative research methods including the collection of data, analysis and interpretation of findings.

5. Identify and analyse research literature.

6. Incorporate knowledge of ethical, legal and professional matters into the research process.

7. Apply high-level written communication skills and an awareness of professional writing styles to the production of the final thesis.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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