BUSN20019 - Professional Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Researching business problems is an important part of professional practice and being a successful business manager and leader. This is a capstone unit that draws upon your area of specialisation and your wider knowledge of business environments both globally and locally. This unit aims to develop your skills in undertaking an independent professional research project. You will engage in conducting an applied research project in your chosen business discipline to identify challenges and develop possible solutions and recommendations. This unit requires independent research and autonomy in review and analysis of secondary sources related to your profession, development of research questions, analysis of data and information, and identification of solutions and recommendations. An important aspect of this unit is to develop insights and provide recommendations that may improve your profession and the roles normally undertaken in business and industry by people in your identified profession.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Pre-requisite: BUSN20016 Research in Business.

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 2 - 2019

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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. Research Proposal 40%
2. Research Assignment 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 Policy 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.

Source: Student feedback on forums and by email.
Students struggled with the concept of secondary data and research required for this unit.
Either a basic research textbook is made a compulsory inclusion in this unit, or students are given access to a 'free' text that covers basic research methods and concepts. This is covered in BUSN20016, but students for that unit are not purchasing the text, and certainly not retaining the text for future consultation (e.g. in this unit).
Action Taken
More resources has been added to the unit Moodle site to facilitate and brush up the research and report writing skills to be applied in this unit. The UC has periodically reminded the students about what constitutes raw publicly available secondary data in this unit. Students are no longer raising the issue of not having a text book.
Source: Student emails and phone calls, qualitative comments in the formal unit evaluations and feedback from the Lecturer/Tutors.
Assessment feedback
The feedback on especially the earlier assessments (assessment 1.1 and 1.2) should be formative, directional, constructive and specific in nature. A constructive guidance via assessment feedback or comments will lead to a more effective learning outcome in this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Develop an advanced and integrated understanding of current issues in your profession
  2. Apply the skills and knowledge gained from other subjects to identify and successfully investigate a complex problem relevant to your profession
  3. Critically review current relevant literature to inform your project’s aims and approach
  4. Apply research skills to identify, collect and analyse suitable secondary data relevant to your chosen problem
  5. Synthesise literature and data to develop critical discussion and appropriate conclusions
  6. Communicate key findings in a scholarly manner and outline recommendations for your profession and further research.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Research Proposal
2 - Research Assignment
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 - Research Proposal
2 - Research Assignment