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 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

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Term 3 - 2021 Profile
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Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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Term 2 - 2022 Profile
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Melbourne
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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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 53.85% 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: Unit Evaluation Report
Feedback
The best aspect of the unit is that it encourages students to do an actual research on any business topic.
Recommendation
Many students appreciated the unit's structure and the processes of learning research. We will continue our support to enhance the students' experiences with research.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator and the unit delivery provided timely support to all students.
Source: Unit Evaluation Report
Feedback
The requirements for each assessment task were clearly explained.
Recommendation
We will endeavor to provide more detailed explanation about the assessment items in T1 2020.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator provided detailed description of each of assessment in both the unit profile and the unit Moodle site.
Source: Unit Evaluation Report Phone
Feedback
Some of the tutors' performance needs to be improved.
Recommendation
Unit coordinator will provide more mentoring services to the tutors over phone and Zoom.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator provided regular mentoring supports and teaching materials to all tutors and lecturers.
Source: Unit Evaluation Survey
Feedback
The students did not feel overloaded with the unit content and they appreciated the quality of the study materials given in the Unit Moodle site.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will maintain and update the quality of the unit content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation Survey
Feedback
The lecturers are highly interactive and helpful
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will regularly monitor the lectures and tutors' services towards students as well as help develop good nurturing practices among the lecturers and tutors.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation Survey
Feedback
Add more application based research method and technique exercises compared to theory based exercises in Assessment 2
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will review the exercises for Assessment 2 in 2021 T1 and will add more application based research method and technique exercises.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation Survey
Feedback
Update the tutorial session with more time and activities
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will design the workshop session (previous known as tutorial session) with more time (two-hour long) and activities, and one-to-one support.
Action Taken
Nil.
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