BUS8404 Research Methodology 4
|Semester 2, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business and Law|
|School or Department :||Faculty of Business and Law|
|Version produced :||12 March 2014|
Examiner: Ronel Erwee
Moderator: Retha Wiesner
Recommended prior study: BUS8403 or MGT8403. 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.
The course is incorporated into the Doctor of Business Administration and Master of Business Research programs and is tailored to the dissertation theme or topic for each student. The course examiner uses the two assignments to ensure that the research student demonstrates greater insight into the conceptual frameworks of their discipline. Students craft a framework for their particular dissertation proposal to support the work that they are doing in BUS8402 and to prepare a more comprehensive basis for their literature review in their dissertation proposal and eventual dissertation.
This course has been designed to enhance and build upon the discipline knowledge gained in BUS8403. The course combines appropriate theoretical analysis with relevant applications in practice. The structure of the course provides a sound core of advanced knowledge combined with the opportunity to explore specialized discipline areas relevant to each student's proposed dissertation.
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- demonstrate advanced level academic and professional literacy skills by analysing the major theoretical approaches and application within the discipline or disciplines relevant to their proposed dissertation
- develop the initial conceptual model for their study
- evaluate the foundations of the parent discipline or disciplines relevant to their proposed dissertation
- demonstrate ethical research and enquiry, and written communication skills by preparing and submitting two assignments.
|1.||Topics and their weightings will be determined for each student at the beginning of the semester of offer. Topics will reflect each student's proposed dissertation.||100.00|
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=02&subject1=BUS8404)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)
Summers J & Smith B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.
A list of text(s) and materials will be tailored to each student's proposed dissertation and supplied at the commencement of the semester.
Leedy, PD & Ormrod, JE 2009, Practical research: planning and design, 9th edn, Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
Zikmund, WG, Babin, BJ, Carr, JC & Griffin, J 2010, Business research methods, 8th edn, South-Western/Cengage Learning, Mason, Ohio.
Fisher, C with Buglear, J, Lowry, D, Mutch, A & Tansley, C 2007, chapter 3 in Researching and writing a dissertation: a guidebook for business students, 2nd edn, Pearson Education, Harlow, England. pp. 119-50.
Student workload requirements
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|RESEARCH OBJECTIVE AND ISSUES||0||0||16 Jul 2013||(see note 1)|
|ASSIGNMENT 1 - ESSAY||100||50||05 Sep 2013|
|ASSIGNMENT 2 - ESSAY||100||50||24 Oct 2013|
- Guidelines and marking of the research activity to clarify your Research Objective and Issues are noted on the discussion board.
Important assessment information
If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
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.
Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment 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) The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. Applications for extensions should be in writing and must include supporting documentary evidence. Extensions are only granted in unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances. The examiner shall consider all documentary evidence (including statement from a doctor, employer, counsellor or independent member of the community as appropriate) accompanying an application for extension and decide on the outcome. Length of extensions: Up to one week's extension (five working days) may be granted if a signed statement with supporting documentation is sent with the assignment, proving that an unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstance caused the delay, for example unusual and unpredictable work or family commitments. If the signed statement and supporting documentation does not show that unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances were present for the days claimed, then the normal reduction in marks for a late assignment of 5% per working day will apply. Extensions beyond one week are not allowed unless express permission is obtained from the examiner.
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.
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.