PPMP20016 - Research Project 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is the second and final stage of your final year research project which builds upon the successful completion of Research Project 1 (PPMP20019). In this unit, you will complete the investigative study that you have planned for in 'Research Project 1'. You will collect, analyse secondary or primary data and discuss the findings of your study. Then, you will draw conclusions and report the research findings via a rigorous scholarly paper as well as an oral presentation. You will also be required to apply project management principles throughout the execution of your research project. The unit is designed to help you develop essential problem-solving and research skills for conducting independent research projects including the ethical issues involved.


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

Prerequisite: PPMP20019 Research Project 1 or ENEG14005 Engineering Honours Project Implementation

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 - 2023

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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 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. Project (research) 80%
2. Oral Examination 20%

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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 25.00% 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: School leadership
The unit may not be appropriate for students from other disciplines.
Redevelop the unit to have a broader scope to suit students from other disciplines.
Action Taken
The unit was redeveloped to be more generic and accommodating to students from other disciplines.
Source: Student evaluation
The regular interactive meetings with the unit coordinator and peers facilitated knowledge sharing and timely completion of set tasks.
Maintain the regular meetings with the unit coordinator in addition to the 'one to one' meetings with allocated supervisors as appropriate.
Action Taken
Fortnightly meetings with the unit coordinator were scheduled in addition to the support provided by the allocated supervisors.
Source: SUTE Teacher Report
Some students did not have a supervisor for the entire term and relied on the unit coordinator to fulfill this role
The Heads of Courses are expected to nominate available full-time supervisors at least two weeks before the start of each term. These nominated supervisors should be willing to take on students enrolled in the research stream for a minimum of two terms. If no suitable supervisors are available, the school may arrange for the supervision of students to be carried out by casual academics or unit coordinators.
Action Taken
Source: Unit coordinator and student communications via Moodle and emails
The regular meetings are very helpful in keeping students focused and familiar with the assessment requirements
Maintain regular fortnightly meetings as an integral part of the unit design.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply appropriate research tools and techniques in collecting and analysing research data
  2. Interpret and discuss results and draw conclusions that address the research question
  3. Employ ethical practices in collecting research data, analysing results and reporting research findings
  4. Apply project management principles in executing the research project plan
  5. Communicate and orally present a well constructed scholarly paper of a publication standard.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Project (research)
2 - Oral Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8