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.

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 Pre-requisite: BUSN20016 Research in Business.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

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Term 2 - 2019 Profile
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Melbourne
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Term 3 - 2019 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 40%
2. Practical Assessment 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 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 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 34.72% 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 on forums and by email.
Feedback
Students struggled with the concept of secondary data and research required for this unit.
Recommendation
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.
Feedback
Assessment feedback
Recommendation
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop an understanding of your profession and its role in business and industry
  2. Identify a problem or issue in your profession and/or the roles normally undertaken by such professionals in business or industry
  3. Articulate the research questions that address the issue thus identified
  4. Evaluate and analyse national and international literature and secondary data related to your research questions
  5. Develop appropriate solutions and recommendations to your applied research questions
  6. Communicate key findings and outline recommendations for your profession.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical 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 Assessment