CQUniversity Unit Profile
BUSN20016 Research in Business
Research in Business
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General Information

Overview

This unit provides the essential skills and techniques for designing, implementing and evaluating research in business contexts. It provides an in-depth introduction to the critical thinking and planning required in the initial stages of a thesis or research project. You will undertake research problem definition, design a research project, development of a literature review, consider qualitative and quantitative methods, measurement concepts, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, reporting and presentation of results with the final outcome of the unit being the development of a research proposal. This unit is designed as the pre-requisite for the work you will undertake in your final year capstone unit Professional Project.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate 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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Course evaluation report, emails and in class

Feedback

Unit materials and nurturing support from the lecturers and the unit coordinator were very supportive.

Recommendation

Many students appreciated the supports and the unit materials that provided by the unit coordinator and the lecturers. We will continue our support to enhance the student-centred learning.

Feedback from Course evaluation report and emails

Feedback

Online research-exercise (Assessment 2) could be replaced by another written assessment.

Recommendation

Currently the unit coordinator is working towards making a revision on all assessments for 2018 and beyond.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. formulate problems in business studies into a concise and precise research question;
  2. develop and employ ethical practices that consider social, cultural and legal responsibilities of researchers and the research process;
  3. critically evaluate published academic research, identify secondary data sources, and review extant literature, to develop a theoretical framework for a business problem or opportunity;
  4. choose and apply the appropriate research strategies (qualitative and/or quantitative) and techniques to best address the research problem;
  5. demonstrate the application of data analysis techniques and measurement concepts; and
  6. prepare and communicate a comprehensive research proposal.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical and Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Research Methods for Business: A Skill Building Approach 7th (2016)

Authors: Uma Sekaran and Roger Bougie
Wiley
West Sussex West Sussex , England , UK
ISBN: 978-1-119-16555-2
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

E-Text is available for this book, which is much cheaper than paperback book. However, if you do prefer a paper copy, you can purchase one from the CQUni Bookshop here.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Delwar Akbar Unit Coordinator
d.akbar@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

The nature and issues of business research

Chapter

Chapter 1: Introduction to research (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Business research process, design and ethics

Chapter

Chapter 3: Defining and refining the problem (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Chapter 4: Critical literature review (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Chapter 6: Elements of research design (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Types, sources and scale of data

Chapter

Chapter 11: Measurement of variables: Operational definition (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Chapter 12: Measurement: Scaling, reliability and validity (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Data collection and sampling methods

Chapter

Chapter 7: Interviews (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Chapter 8: Data collection methods: Observation (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Chapter 9: Administering questionnaires (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Chapter 13: Sampling (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 02 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Quantitative data analysis

Chapter

Chapter 14: Quantitative data analysis (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Project Outline,Topic and Data Presentation Due: Week 5 Friday (6 Apr 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 16 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Hypothesis development and testing

Chapter

Chapter 5: Theoretical framework and hypothesis development (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Chapter 15: Quantitative data analysis: Hypothesis testing (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016, pp. 302-317)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 23 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Examining relationship: Correlation and regression

Chapter

Chapter 15: Quantitative data analysis: Hypothesis testing (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016, pp. 318-332)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 30 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Basic qualitative data analysis

Chapter

Chapter 16: Qualitative data analysis (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 07 May 2018

Module/Topic

Advanced qualitative data analysis

Chapter

No set text

Events and Submissions/Topic

Research Exercise: Open on  Monday/Week 9/09:00 AM and close on Sunday/Week 9/05:00 PM; Duration: 100 Minutes; Complete in one go.

Week 10 Begin Date: 14 May 2018

Module/Topic

Refining the problem statement and research scope

Chapter

Resources are available in the unit Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 21 May 2018

Module/Topic

Draft research proposal

Chapter

Resources are available in the unit Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 28 May 2018

Module/Topic

Final research proposal

Chapter

Chapter 17: The research report (Sekaran and Bougie, 2016)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Project Proposal Due: Week 12 Friday (1 June 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 04 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Project Outline,Topic and Data Presentation

Task Description

Please provide an outline of a research project that you intend to use as the basis for your final assessment task 3, full project proposal. You should briefly write:

  • Title of the project (up to 25 words)
  • A brief statement of the problem that you would like to investigate; and research aim and objectives that can solve the problem you have identified.
  • A brief methodology: Provide details about what type of methodology you will choose such as quantitative or qualitative or mixed methodology;
  • Clearly identify secondary data source(s) and data that require for your research; also identify the methods and tools that you will use to analyse the collected data.
This is an individual research task. As a Masters student, you are required to engage in research and demonstrate your understanding of the relevant body of works that have discussed recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice. You are also required to demonstrate knowledge of research methods applicable to a real-life business research. We expect you to read and reflect on at least ten recent refereed journal articles on your topic supported by any other evidence or information that can help identify the problem of your research and the methods of data collection and analysis.

In addition, as a part of topic presentation, all on-campus students are required to discuss their project topic and available secondary data during the tutorial sessions in front of other students. You are also expected to provide constructive feedback on each of the group members' project. Distance students will do the same activity in the online discussion forum of the unit Moodle site. Please see detailed guidelines about the topic and data presentation and specific research requirements on the unit Moodle site. You can write 600 words maximum for this assignment. The cover page and the list of references are not counted in the word limit.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (6 Apr 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Friday (27 Apr 2018)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

All the assessment criteria outlined below are equally weighted for this piece of assessment.

Assessment criteria:

Criteria Grade
1. A brief statement of the problem, research aim and objectives HD D C P F
2. A brief methodology HD D C P F
3. Sources of secondary data, data presentation and analysis methods HD D C P F
4. Accurate referencing, use of correct English and logical sequences between sentences and paragraphs HD D C P F
5. Topic presentation HD D C P F

Key to grading and corresponding marking scale:

HD (84.5% to 100% marks): Student demonstrates outstanding understanding and interpretation of all aspects of the criteria.

D (74.5% to 84.4% marks): Student demonstrates excellence in understanding and interpretation of almost all aspects of the criteria with some minor corrections or additions needed.

C (64.5% to 74.4% marks): Student demonstrates very good understanding and interpretation of most aspects of the criteria with some need for additional work, additions or improvement.

P (49.5% to 64.4% marks): Student demonstrates good understanding and interpretation of the criteria to warrant the award of a Pass but requires considerable additional work, additions or improvement.

F (below 49.5%): Student demonstrates an unsatisfactory understanding and interpretation of the criteria and requires major additional work, additions or improvement to achieve a passing grade.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • formulate problems in business studies into a concise and precise research question;
  • develop and employ ethical practices that consider social, cultural and legal responsibilities of researchers and the research process;
  • critically evaluate published academic research, identify secondary data sources, and review extant literature, to develop a theoretical framework for a business problem or opportunity;


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Research Exercise

Task Description

This is an online and individual research exercise. The online link will open on 9:00 am Monday in Week 9 and will close at 5:00 pm on Sunday in the same week. The link will open for only 100 minutes. You need to complete this task in one go. You cannot exit and re-enter the site.

There will be 20 short questions based on several brief case studies. You will read these case studies, do some calculations (if required) and then provide the correct answer to each question. Each correct answer is worth 1.5 marks and 20 correct answers are worth 30 marks. Please see detailed guidelines and practice tests in the unit Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

The online link will open on 9:00 am Monday in Week 9 and will close at 5:00 pm on Sunday in the same week; Duration: 100 Minutes; Complete in one go.


Return Date to Students

Results are available once the link is closed. However, Unit Coordinator will check the results of some selected questions manually.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Questions are automatically graded. Each correct answer is worth 1.5 marks. However, Unit Coordinator will check the results of some selected questions manually (see a detailed description in the unit Moodle site).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • choose and apply the appropriate research strategies (qualitative and/or quantitative) and techniques to best address the research problem;
  • demonstrate the application of data analysis techniques and measurement concepts; and


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Project Proposal

Task Description

Assessment task 3 requires the preparation of a full project proposal that should contain the following components:

  • A detail statement of the problem that you would like to investigate.
  • Research aim, objectives and research questions: What are the potential research objectives and questions that can address the problem?
  • Justification and potential output of the research project: Why is your chosen project important both theoretically and practically? What are the potential outputs and outcomes of your research?
  • Conceptual framework: An analysis of the literature relevant to the research topic that will give you the conceptual basis for conducting this research.
  • Methodology and presenting secondary data: Based on the conceptual framework, research aim(s) and objectives, you need to provide a detail description of the data collection methods and tools, data sources and the methods/tools that you will use to analyse the data.
  • Organisation of the study, project budget and schedule: Write the names of the chapters/sections of your research report, and briefly discuss what you will write in those chapters/sections followed by a brief description of budget for conducting this study and project schedule i.e., Gantt Chart.

This is an individual research task. You are required to demonstrate your understanding of the relevant body of works to a real-life business research. We expect you to read and reflect on at least twenty recent refereed journal articles on your topic supported by any other evidence or information that can help refine the problem of your research, formulate conceptual framework and the methods of data collection and analysis. Please see detailed guidelines about specific research requirements on the unit Moodle site. You can write 3000 words maximum for this assignment. The cover page and the list of references are not counted in the word limit.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (1 June 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

This is a summative assessment. Students will not receive any feedback for this piece of assessment.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

All the assessment criteria outlined below are equally weighted for this piece of assessment.

Assessment criteria:

Criteria Grade
1. A statement of the problem, research aim, objectives and research questions HD D C P F
2. Justification and potential output of the research HD D C P F
3. Conceptual framework HD D C P F
4. Methodology, organisation of the study, project budget and schedule HD D C P F
5. Accurate referencing, use of correct English and logical sequences between sentences and paragraphs and a good introduction HD D C P F

Key to grading and corresponding marking scale:

HD (84.5% to 100% marks): Student demonstrates outstanding understanding and interpretation of all aspects of the criteria.

D (74.5% to 84.4% marks): Student demonstrates excellence in understanding and interpretation of almost all aspects of the criteria with some minor corrections or additions needed.

C (64.5% to 74.4% marks): Student demonstrates very good understanding and interpretation of most aspects of the criteria with some need for additional work, additions or improvement.

P (49.5% to 64.4% marks): Student demonstrates good understanding and interpretation of the criteria to warrant the award of a Pass but requires considerable additional work, additions or improvement.

F (below 49.5%): Student demonstrates an unsatisfactory understanding and interpretation of the criteria and requires major additional work, additions or improvement to achieve a passing grade.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • develop and employ ethical practices that consider social, cultural and legal responsibilities of researchers and the research process;
  • critically evaluate published academic research, identify secondary data sources, and review extant literature, to develop a theoretical framework for a business problem or opportunity;
  • choose and apply the appropriate research strategies (qualitative and/or quantitative) and techniques to best address the research problem;
  • demonstrate the application of data analysis techniques and measurement concepts; and
  • prepare and communicate a comprehensive research proposal.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?