BUSN20016 - Research in Business

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 54.33% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated the quality of the resources provided in the Unit Moodle site
Recommendation
Unit coordinator will update the study materials every year.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Recorded lecture videos and online Zoom sessions with the tutor really helped all distance students.
Recommendation
We will keep continue the online tutorial services for the distance students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
More examples need to be provided for Assessment 2.
Recommendation
More practice test will be added in the unit Moodle site.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
More study materials and examples have been added to the unit Moodle site.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
One extra assessment criterion (i.e., providing types and sources of secondary data) has been added to Assignment 1; a manual checking system has been adopted for assessment 2.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment