Course Coordinator:Rory Mulcahy (firstname.lastname@example.org) School:School of Business and Creative Industries
UniSC Sunshine Coast
|Blended learning||Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.|
|Online||You can do this course without coming onto campus.|
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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.
As professionals you make decisions on a daily basis. A ‘good’ decision is based upon credible information and research. This course will provide you with knowledge and skills in business research that will allow you to propose research projects which provide the support for evidenced based decision making, as well as evaluate the quality of research conducted by others. This course covers all stages of the research process from problem definition to analysing, reporting and interpreting results.
|Learning materials – Interactive learning guides||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1||2hrs||Week 1||12 times|
|Information session||1hr||Not applicable||2 times|
|Learning materials – Interactive learning guides.||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online||2hrs||Week 1||12 times|
|Information session||1hr||Not applicable||2 times|
The Process of Good research
Crafting a Clear Problem
Exploratory, Descriptive and Causal Research
Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
Trends in Research
700 Level (Specialised)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...||Professional Standard Mapping * Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business|
|1||Demonstrate advanced communication skills in business research||Engaged||
|2||Critically evaluate the research of others||
Creative and critical thinker
|3||Analyse and synthesise relevant research theories and frameworks to develop applied research proposals||
Creative and critical thinker
|4||Applies knowledge of ethical frameworks, theories and concepts and responsibilities when proposing and evaluating research||Ethical||
|Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business|
|PC3||Creative and Critical Thinking|
|PC4.1||Social Responsibility and Sustainability|
Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Enrolled in any PGRD Program
MBA703 or EMB753
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Formative feedback will be provided using various methods in the first few weeks of semester.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Week 4||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Week 7||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Report: Problem definition|
To define a research problem, formulate a research question and present research objectives
Individual assessment to be undertaken independently. Focusing on an organisation with which you are familiar (current or past employer), you are required to identify a management problem that requires research in order to allow management to make decisions to solve the problem/opportunity. You are required to identify the management problem, provide a brief background to the management problem, develop the research question and develop research objectives. As job satisfaction is the basis of the main example in the study guide, you are NOT permitted to use a management problem related to job satisfaction. Further details on the task and the marking rubric are available in the assessment area in Canvas.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Research Proposal|
To develop a research proposal
Individual assessment to be undertaken independently.You are required to prepare a research proposal (secondary data including academic literature, research design and method, sampling or selection of respondents, proposed data analysis, ethical issues, budget and timelines) based on the management research problem or opportunity for investigation identified in Task 1 This task is being used for measuring assurance of learning towards Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. The following Program Learning Objective will be assessed:Program Learning Objective 1.1 - Demonstrate effective written communication skills in a business context.Further details on the task and the marking rubric are provided in the assessment area in Canvas.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation. It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline. This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.
Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person. You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.
In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin. This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.
Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying: The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4% The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct
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