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WRP8020 Work-based Research: Publishable Paper

Semester 2, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts

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Examiner: Luke Van Der Laan
Moderator: Rhod McNeill


Pre-requisite: Students must have passed WRP8000 and Students must be enrolled in the Master of Professional Studies program (MPRS)

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have reliable internet access for this course.

Computer literacy is now expected as part of professional life, and is an integral element in the studying and learning process associated with this course. The course makes significant use of the internet and online environment.


Work-Based Research programs are designed to enable students to draw upon work and life experiences in developing new, higher-level knowledge that is relevant to their professional practice, communities and workplace. The Work-based Research: Publishable Article course will draw on an evidence-based contribution to practice (or theory) emerging from the student?s disciplined research enquiry. The purpose of this course is to assist students in illustrating, against prevailing benchmarks, the specialised knowledge and skills associated with the student?s relevant professional practice. It also serves to demonstrate the requisite cognitive, communication and technical skills required at this qualification level. The course develops the necessary skills associated with disseminating, at a compelling professional and academic standard, new knowledge and professional insights.
Not only will the course develop, under academic supervision, the student?s ability to disseminate knowledge and contributions to professional practice, but it will also publicly qualify and affirm the associated rigour concomitant with a Masters-level research project and qualification. It is anticipated that the course will significantly enhance the student?s professional practice and communication skills.


Students may elect to formulate and submit for blind review, a publication representing their work-based study's (or part thereof) contribution to practice and / or relevant theory as appropriate. The article is assessed following standard academic blind peer-review processes. Peer reviewers will include independent academic and / or practice-based experts who will assess whether the work is publishable and meets the requisite critical, creative, analytical and communications skills associated with the Masters level qualification. The peer reviewers will be selected from related professional and academic fields relevant to the professional practice of the student. This will accommodate bifurcations between disciplines and the diversity of professional / academic discourse. Students will be advised and guided in the formulation of their work by academic supervisor(s) associated with their work and with the Professional Studies programs. They will be encouraged to recognise the value of disseminating new knowledge in what is increasingly becoming a complex and diverse publishing environment. The course will illustrate through supervision and a peer-review process the hallmarks of high impact, objective and academically sound publishing standards. The insights that the student will gain as a result, will not only enhance their experience and expertise through locating their disciplined enquiry in relevant theory and practice literature but will provide greater rigour in support of their findings and contributions to practice. The course will be a pass/fail course based on the peer-review process outcome i.e. the work produced is publishable.


On successful completion of this course students will have:

  1. Identify, locate and illustrate new knowledge and insights emerging from their professional practice.
  2. Recognise the hallmarks of high impact, objective and compelling evidence-based publications to the requisite academic standards.
  3. Draft for and proceed through a blind peer review process
  4. Formulate a peer-reviewed publishable article relevant to their professional practice.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Conceptualising, planning and writing original work based on professional practice. 30.00
2. Recognising the hallmarks of impact, objective and compelling evidence-based professional and academic publication. 25.00
3. Draft for and proceed through a blind peer review process 45.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • ALL necessary resources required for this course are available on the USQ course study desk, library and CDROM. There are no texts or materials required for this course. However, students are expected to reference broadly within their field of practice and associated academic theory. These can readily be accessed through the USQ Library.

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.
  • Students will be required to employ research skills and techniques including the use of appropriate technological tools in order to optimise their research objectives. This includes advanced referencing of resources that will enhance their knowledge and understanding and optimise the evidence base of their work.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 180.00
Directed Study 100.00
Private Study 50.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ARTICLE FORMULATION 0 0 30 Aug 2014 (see note 1)
ARTICLE ASSESSMENT 100 100 30 Oct 2014 (see note 2)

  1. Article formulation and submission
  2. Article assesses as publishable by blind-peer-review

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students are expected to engage with their supervisors, associates and profession in order to develop the appropriate level of work. Ongoing engagement is critical in developing the requisite skills to publish relevant and valuable knowledge and insights. This engagement is not assessed.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Students are required to submit one body of work in the form of an article to undergo a blind peer-review process in determining whether the work is publishable. The outcome of the peer review acts as final assessment.

    The work is required to be submitted on time as advised by the course examiner and is assessed by independent peer reviewers upon completion.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Satisfactory completion of the course is dependent on an independent internal assessment by peer reviewers. Their assessment as to whether the submitted work is publishable within the parameters of the relevant academic / professional literature will be regarded as definitive in determining a passing grade.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for apassing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing gradeor an Incomplete grade.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. 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. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner?s convenience.Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  2. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  3. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  4. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  5. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  6. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  7. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  8. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  9. Students may be assigned an ?Incomplete? grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded ?I? can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Fail grade.