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BUS8403 Research Methodology 3

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : Faculty of Business and Law
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Latif Al-Hakim
Moderator: Ronel Erwee

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Synopsis

This course has been designed to enhance and build upon the general discipline knowledge gained in graduate business studies. It is about how the external environment affects business and how businesses respond to the external pressures. It also equips DBA students to build a basis of advanced theory to undertake a comprehensive piece of management-related research. The course combines appropriate theoretical issues with related applications in practice. The structure of the course provides a sound core of macro-environment combined with the opportunity to explore selected specialised areas in greater depth.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. describe and analyse macro environmental influences and business forces that drive enterprises
  2. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills, including information literacy, by critically analysing significant theoretical articles and synthesizing the theories in these readings
  3. demonstrate problem-solving skills by evaluating management practice in case studies
  4. demonstrate written communication and ethical research and enquiry skills by researching, preparing and submitting two assignments.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. International management 12.00
2. The macroeconomic environment 12.00
3. The political environment 10.00
4. The legal environment 10.00
5. The cultural environment 10.00
6. The technological environment 12.00
7. Managing people 12.00
8. Ethics and responsibility 12.00
9. International strategic planning 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=BUS8403)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Phatak, AV, Bhagat, RS & Kashlak, RJ 2009, International management: managing in a diverse and dynamic global environment, 2nd edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
  • Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 69.00
Directed Study 48.00
Private Study 48.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 12 Apr 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 07 Jun 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments: (i) The due date for an assessment is the date by which a student must despatch the assessment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the examiner. (ii) Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. (iv) The examiner will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media. (v) The examiner will not accept submission of assessments by facsimile.

  2. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.