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WRP9001 Fundamentals of Professional Studies B

Semester 2, 2015 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: Karen Trimmer


Pre-requisite: Students must have passed WRP9000 and Students must be enrolled in the Doctor of Professional program (DPRS)

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, and students are required to participate in the online environment throughout the course. As such students are required to have substantial and reliable access to a computer and the internet.


The Fundamentals of Professional Studies B course introduces students to the research philosophies and methodologies associated with work-based research projects. Building on the theoretical context, reflective practice, ethics and learning program developed in WRP9000, this course prepares students in ensuring that the requisite research and project design to achieve the learning objectives at a doctoral level, are appropriate.
This requires gaining a systemic and critical understanding of the substantial and complex body of knowledge associated with the philosophy of research, research methodologies and project management principles that are required to generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to their area of practice.


This course ensures that students enrolled in the Doctor of Professional Studies gain the capacity that will enable them to design appropriate research and project frameworks that will facilitate as optimally as possible from a planning perspective, the implementation of their work-based projects and associated research.
It ensures that the principles adopted in the USQ approach to enhancing professional practice are systemically interpreted in order to ensure that the benefits of work-based learning are optimised in achieving practitioner expertise. It also prepares and equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure that their progression through the program is seamless and sufficiently self-directed so as to culminate in the level of autonomy and specialisation that is expected from completing the program.
By completing the course, students will:
i) develop their understanding and advanced application of research philosophy and related research methodologies associated with work-based research projects,
ii) further develop their communication and collaboration skills especially within the workplace, online and academic contexts amongst their colleagues and peers,
iii) align the learning objectives articulated in their Learning Program (WRP9000) with the associated activities required to achieve these,
iv) develop their critical understanding of relevant ethical considerations associated with work-based research and ensuring that appropriate ethical guidelines are applied in their research, and
v) fully develop their work-based research project(s) based on sound project management principles and applications.
By completing the course students will gain the capacity to ensure that the research paradigms, theoretical foundations of their practice and work-based project designs are appropriate and deliverable.


On successful completion of this course students will have:

  1. knowledge, understanding and application of pertinent ethical approaches and specifically, those associated with the workplace, professional conduct and in a highly complex globalised environment
  2. cognitive and critical thinking skills that demonstrate doctoral levels in the application of knowledge and skills required to generate original knowledge and make a substantial contribution to their area of professional practice
  3. advanced knowledge of research philosophies, principles and relevant methodologies appropriate in the application of work-based research projects including the skills and techniques of conducting research using appropriate technological tools
  4. developed their communication and collaborative skills to a level required to execute and report on their self-directed learning planning, implementation, reporting and dessimination
  5. knowledge and understanding of fundamental project management principles supporting the design, implementation and evaluation of work-based projects
  6. the capacity to communicate and demonstrate the planned linkage between personal learning objectives and planned research projects that will facilitate individual/organisational capacity building and learning.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Research: philosophies and methodologies for work-based research 35.00
2. Ethics: conducting research in the workplace and professional practice: completion of ethics approval protocol 15.00
3. Work-based project proposal: detailed work-based research project plan 50.00

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, and within 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.
  • All reference materials and relevant knowledge resources that may further enhance student knowledge, understanding and cognitive skills will either be made available as optional readings or can be discovered autonomously and/or collaboratively online.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 180.00
Directed Study 120.00
Private Study 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
RES PROPOSAL & ETHICS PROTOCOL 1 100 11 Nov 2015 (see note 1)

  1. Work-based Research Proposal and Ethics Protocols Students are strongly advised to engage in online activities throughout the course. These are designed to build and share relevant knowledge foundations and achieve knowledge construction in collaboration with peers. The Work-based research proposal is assessed as representing the student's Doctoral level capacity and readiness to implement their work-based project(s) in accordance with the standards and requirements as illustrated in the course. Students are required to submit one body of work for assessment. This is required to be submitted on time as advised by the Program Director. The student is required to present their Work-Based Research Project Proposal in person or digitally as part of their final assessment of this course.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    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.

    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:
    Students are required to submit one body of work for assessment. This is required to be submitted on time as advised by the course examiner and is assessed by the course examiner upon completion of the course. The student is required to present their Work-based research project proposal in person or digitally as part of their final assessment.

  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 internal assessment of the assessment items (Research Project Proposal) and is assessed against the following criteria:
    a) The student demonstrating that the learning objectives of the course have been met as incorporated in the required work, and
    b) The student has demonstrated the capacity, autonomy, responsibility and accountability to initiate the original research project as incorporated in the Work-based research project proposal.
    NOTE: It is acknowledged that work conditions may change and materially affect the implementation of the student?s work-based projects. Reasonable flexibility is assured to allow the student to amend the work-based research proposal according to their change in context.

  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 a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable

  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