BUSN20021 - Business Research Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Business Research Project is an independent 12cp research unit. You will identify and conduct supervised independent research in an appropriate area of interest of relevance to your specific Masters Course. You will identify the topic, review existing literature, set the research questions, define the methodology, collect and analyse the data, and write up the final business project. The emphasis in this unit is on self-development under supervision of an appropriate faculty member.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BUSN20016 Research in Business and 72 credit points of relevant unit work specific to their chosen discipline .

As this unit involves integrating the majority of the content of a course in a research context, it is recommended students will undertake this research task having completed the majority of their course.

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

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 100%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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: Self-reflection based on recent enrolment statistics.
This is a unit of particular relevance to students with an interest in research, and it can provide students with an opportunity to carry out an independent research project of a larger size than currently available in postgraduate capstone units like BUSN20019. However, many students seem unaware of this option.
The availability of this unit should be promoted to students as early as their initial Orientation, alongside the promotion of the equally weighted 12 credit point internship option.
Action Taken
The Postgraduate Orientation slides have been containing reference to the unit for a number of years, and will continue to do so in future.
Source: Course committee, Heads of Course
The previously available BUSN20019 (Professional Project), which allowed students to complete a small independent research project, will be discontinued in 2021. As such, this unit will become the sole opportunity for students to experience an independent research project (e.g. if they consider a research Masters or PhD).
More structure and learning material should be provided on the Moodle site to complement students' independent study. Proven material from the discontinued BUSN20019 can be used as a basis for this.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret research knowledge and apply to working within a business context.
  2. Analyse the business phenomena and apply systematic inquiry skills to a defined problem.
  3. Generate hypotheses of relevance to business practice and operationalise these into testable research questions.
  4. Design qualitative and/or quantitative research methods including the collection of data, analysis and interpretation of findings.
  5. Identify and analyse research literature.
  6. Incorporate knowledge of ethical, legal and professional matters into the research process.
  7. Apply high-level written communication skills and an awareness of professional writing styles to the production of the final thesis.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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 - Written Assessment