BUSN19021 - Project
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will provide you with the opportunity to complete a supervised project at an advanced level that relates to your discipline area. You will typically enrol in this unit in the later stages of your course of study, and will only be permitted to enrol in this unit with prior agreement from a discipline supervisor and the Head of School, Commerce and Marketing.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Enrolment in this unit requires approval of the Head of School, Commerce and Marketing

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 1 - 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 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Have enjoyed the scope of the course, perhaps more examples of actual reports would assist. Course Evaluation Consider posting more examples of assessment submissions.
would be great if this course has less assignment Course Evaluation Generally the current assessment strategy appears to be acceptable to most students and ensures students do work progressively through term. Revising the assessment strategy to two items will be discussed within the discipline.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. demonstrate the ability to select a topic suitable for major project work
  2. justify the project topic based on secondary information searches and preliminary primary research
  3. formulate project schedules from initial problem definition through to the presentation of final information
  4. draft and complete proposal, progress and final reports for the project
  5. develop practical skills of project management through the implementation of a 'real world' project of your choice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy    
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence      
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment          
3 - Written Assessment        

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Endnote (available through Library - see Moodle link)
  • 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 CoordinatorGarrick Small (g.small@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 06-03-2017
  • Research topic discussion with supervisor (mandatory)
  • Initiate literature review (initial searches, organise bibliographical listing system, initial reading)
Week 2 13-03-2017
  • Topic finalisation
  • Start writing project proposal
  • Source and read literature
Week 3 20-03-2017
  • Discuss proposal components with supervisor
  • Progress the project proposal document
  • Source and read literature
Week 4 27-03-2017
  • Finalise project proposal
  • Source and read literature
Project Proposal Due Friday (31 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017
  • Discuss conceptual framework and literature review with supervisor
  • Extend literature search and continue reading
Vacation Week 10-04-2017


Week 6 17-04-2017
  • Discuss conceptual framework and literature review with supervisor
  • Continue to read literature
Week 7 24-04-2017
  • Finalise and submit progress report
Literature Review and Conceptual Framework Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017
  • Deepen literature review and begin writing final paper.
Week 9 08-05-2017
  • Deepen literature review and continue writing final paper.
Week 10 15-05-2017
  • Discuss structure and contents of final report with supervisor
Week 11 22-05-2017
  • Prepare project paper and discussion with supervisor
Week 12 29-05-2017
  • Make final revisions to project report and submit
Final Project Report Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

There are two streams of study within Project. Most students will be pursuing general topics negotiated with their individual supervisors or the unit coordinator. The second group will be engaged with the Gladstone Social Innovation Studio which will follow a separate and independent programme of study with an independent set of assessments.

Both groups will be working towards the common goal of deep investigation into a specific topic related to their discipline. Full details for each stream are available on the Moodle site for the unit.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Project Proposal
Task Description
For general Project topics this assessment consists of a research proposal of 600-1,000 words. lt may include:
  • A statement of the problem/research gap that you would like to explore. This will summarised into the research topic name.
  • Research questions/hypothesis: What are the potential research questions or hypotheses that can address the problem/research gap?
  • Justification of the research project: Why your chosen project topic is important theoretically and practically?
  • A brief statement of method: What is/are the potential approach and method(s) you will use to conduct your study, collecting and analysing data? What are the sources of data and how practical to obtain such data within a very short period of time? Remember you do not have to write a detail methodology here as it requires in your second assignment.
  • Organisation of the study: How many chapters do you expect in your report and what are they?
  • Gantt chart: Provide a Gantt chart indicating what you will do in each week over the twelve week period.
For students engaged in the Gladstone Social Innovation Studio:specific details of this assessment will be found on the Moodle site. Due dates for students engaged in this programme may vary from those set out in the unit profile. See Moodle for details.

Further details and support resources may be found in Moodle for all students.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Your report will be graded according to its overall quality on the following criteria:

  1. Presentation, structure, grammar, style, clarity of expression and brevity
  2. Literature used to frame the proposal
  3. Clarity of exposition of the Research aims, objectives and justification
  4. Clarity, depth and practicality of the Method
  5. Effectiveness of planning and strategy
  6. Originality and Insight

The various levels of pass will typically display the following:

P – Pass

Used for a mark in the range 50% – 64%.

Evident as: a sound level of presentation, with a basic structure, adequate grammar & writing style that fulfills the basic requirements of the assignment. The literature review will contain a basic array of relevant literature reviewed at a satisfactory level. The conceptual framework will provide a standard account of the relevant issues.

C – Credit

Used for a mark in the range of 65% – 74%.

Evident as: a professional level of presentation with an easily readable structure, use of grammar and writing style that comfortably fulfills the requirements of the assignment. The literature review will contain a competent array of relevant literature reviewed at a sound level to communicate the conceptual framework for the topic.

D – Distinction

Used for a mark in the range of 75% – 84%.

Evident as: a professional level of presentation with a polished structure, use of grammar and writing style that very competently fulfills the basic requirements of the assignment. The literature review will contain a comprehensive array of relevant literature reviewed with evident mastery using correct referencing style. The various sections will convey a mastery of the relevant issues with some originality, insight including extended application.

HD – High Distinction

Used for a mark in the range 85% – 100%.

Evident as: a outstanding and faultless level of presentation with a polished structure, use of grammar and writing style that shows an excellent understanding of knowledge, skills and application required for the assignment indicating keen interest and considerable capacity in all aspects; The literature review will contain a comprehensive array of relevant literature reviewed with evident mastery using correct referencing style.. The The various sections will convey a mastery of the relevant issues with considerable originality, insight including extended application.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

All submissions to be made in word processing formats capable of being opened using Microsoft Word (eg. '.doc' format)

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

1. demonstrate the ability to select a topic suitable for major project work

2. justify the project topic based on secondary information searches and preliminary primary research

3. formulate project schedules from initial problem definition through to the presentation of final information

4. draft and complete proposal, progress and final reports for the project

5. develop practical skills of project management through the implementation of a 'real world' project of your choice.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Literature Review and Conceptual Framework
Task Description

For students engaged in general Project Topics: Assessment 2 requires the preparation of a progress report on your project. It will focus on a draft conceptual framework and literature review. It will also generally outline your progress in the overall project as proposed in assessment item 1 and may include comments on revision and development of other sections, such as aim, objectives or method. Following this assessment the draft literature review and draft conceptual framework will both be refined and completed to their final form which will likely provide the second chapter of your final project report.

The submission will likely be between 800 – 1,500 words and will use APA (author, date) in text citations. It is recommended that EndNote bibliographic software be used to managed references and citations.

Full details will be found on the Moodle site.

For students engaged in the Gladstone Social Innovation Studio:specific details of this assessment will be found on the Moodle site. Due dates for students engaged in this programme may vary from those set out in the unit profile. See Moodle for details.
Further details and support resources may be found in Moodle for all students.
Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Your report will be graded according to its overall quality on the following criteria:

  1. presentation, structure, grammar, style, clarity of expression and brevity
  2. extent of literature and effectiveness of review
  3. effectiveness of draft conceptual framework
  4. quality of analysis of field data and information
  5. assessment of project progress and completion strategy
  6. Originality and insight

Standards required for the various grades of pass use the university grades and results procedures. The various levels of pass will typically display the following:

P – Pass

Used for a mark in the range 50% – 64%.

Evident as: a sound level of presentation, with a basic structure, adequate grammar & writing style that fulfils the basic requirements of the assignment. The literature review will contain a basic array of relevant literature reviewed at a satisfactory level. The conceptual framework will provide a standard account of the relevant issues.

C – Credit

Used for a mark in the range of 65% – 74%.

Evident as: a professional level of presentation with an easily readable structure, use of grammar and writing style that comfortably fulfils the requirements of the assignment. The literature review will contain a competent array of relevant literature reviewed at a sound level to communicate the conceptual framework for the topic using correct referencing style.

D – Distinction

Used for a mark in the range of 75% – 84%.

Evident as: a professional level of presentation with a polished structure, use of grammar and writing style that very competently fulfils the basic requirements of the assignment. The literature review will contain a comprehensive array of relevant literature reviewed with evident mastery using correct referencing style. The conceptual framework will provide a mastery of the relevant issues with some originality, insight including extended application.

HD – High Distinction

Used for a mark in the range 85% – 100%.

Evident as: a outstanding and faultless level of presentation with a polished structure, use of grammar and writing style that shows an excellent understanding of knowledge, skills and application required for the assignment indicating keen interest and considerable capacity in all aspects; The literature review will contain a comprehensive array of relevant literature reviewed with evident mastery using correct referencing style. The conceptual framework will provide a mastery of the relevant issues with considerable originality, insight including extended application.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

All submissions to be made in word processing formats capable of being opened using Microsoft Word (eg. '.doc' format)

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

1. demonstrate the ability to select a topic suitable for major project work

2. justify the project topic based on secondary information searches and preliminary primary research

3. formulate project schedules from initial problem definition through to the presentation of final information

4. draft and complete proposal, progress and final reports for the project

5. develop practical skills of project management through the implementation of a 'real world' project of your choice.

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

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Final Project Report
Task Description

This assessment represents the culmination of the term-long project work completed in this unit. It involves presentation of a full report which will outline the project topic question and strategy, review the literature, provide a conceptual framework, analyse the particularities of the research question/topic and make suitable conclusions. It will be written as an academic paper using standard referencing and a bibliography. Full details are available on the unit Moodle page.

For students engaged in the Gladstone Social Innovation Studio: specific details of this assessment will be found on the Moodle site. Due dates for students engaged in this programme may vary from those set out in the unit profile. See Moodle for details.
Further details and support resources may be found in Moodle for all students.
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

Your submission will be graded according to its overall quality on the following criteria:

  1. presentation, structure, grammar, style, clarity of expression and brevity
  2. effectiveness of problem outline and presentation of research strategy
  3. extent & effectiveness of conceptual framework & literature review
  4. quality of analysis of field data and information
  5. strength of structured argument answering the research problem
  6. originality and insight

Standards required for the various grades of pass use the university grades and results procedures. These are outlined in detail within the assignment outline found in the Moodle unit page within the assessment block.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

All submissions to be made in word processing formats capable of being opened using Microsoft Word (eg. '.doc' format)

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

1. demonstrate the ability to select a topic suitable for major project work

2. justify the project topic based on secondary information searches and preliminary primary research

3. formulate project schedules from initial problem definition through to the presentation of final information

4. draft and complete proposal, progress and final reports for the project

5. develop practical skills of project management through the implementation of a 'real world' project of your choice.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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