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RSH8002 Business Innovation Research

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Business Innovation Research
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 089999 - Mgt & Commerce not class
Grading basis : Graded


Pre-requisite: RSH8001


An important outcome of study at the Masters level is that learners should be able to plan and execute independent research which consolidates, builds upon and applies the capabilities developed through their program of study. A 'capstone' research course undertaken at, or towards, the end of the program is a suitable instrument for demonstrating these capabilities. This two unit research course enables students to synthesise the knowledge and skills developed in earlier courses of their program, into an approved research topic focused on key aspects of their areas of interest/specialisation. Students develop appropriate research skills and specialist knowledge which will enhance their career prospects and prepare them to undertake further studies in research.


Learners will, with guidance from the course examiner, plan and execute an independent piece of research which is clearly related to their overall program of study. Most topics will be drawn from either the candidate's work experience and/or areas of interest. This two-unit research course is intended to meet the needs of learners who wish to include a research component in their Masters program by providing a venue in which research can be undertaken to apply and/or extend knowledge developed in their program of study. The research must reflect mastery of the content of current literature and of knowledge and skills developed by the learner in his/her prior program. To successfully complete the course, students will be required to carry out supervised research on their chosen topic using an appropriate research method, present a research paper for examination and defend the results at an appropriate scholarly standard. This course will operate on the basis of frequent individual consultation and feedback between the student and course leader. The course examiner will provide advice and feedback on the development of a suitable topic building on the work undertaken in the prerequisite courses RSH8000 Introduction to Research and RSH8001 Research Methods.


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

  1. demonstrate the ability to plan an in-depth, independent academic investigation, research/evaluation project or other such scholarly activity focused on a research question, issue or topic of significance appropriate to the student's field of study in his/her Masters program
  2. implement, refine, monitor and conduct independent research
  3. critically analyse, synthesise and report the outcomes of the research reflecting appropriate academic standards of scholarship and presentation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Individual research topics and a research proposal will be developed by each student in consultation with the course examiner at the beginning of the semester. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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 expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 40.00
Independent Study 290.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
RESEARCH PROPOSAL 10 10 09 Aug 2019
RESEARCH PAPER 90 90 25 Oct 2019 (see note 1)

  1. Maximum of 15,000 word limit

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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.

    On-campus: 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.

  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:
    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

Assessment notes

  1. Students will be advised regarding the referencing style to be used to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The referencing styles used are defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.