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WRP9013 Professional Studies Research Project 2

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Professional Studies Project 2
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 1
ASCED code : 079999 - Education not elsewhere classi
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Luke Van Der Laan


Professional Studies research programs are designed to enable a student to draw upon work and life experiences in developing new, higher-level knowledge that is relevant to their professional practice and workplace. The Professional Studies Research Project 2 course is for students completing their research on a part-time basis and will draw on a disciplined research enquiry of a pre-agreed feature of the student's usual work as derived from an assessed research project proposal.
The most likely form of a project will analyse topics in the workplace and will investigate possible contributions to professional practice and organisational improvements. The student's experience and expertise within the workplace will provide insights into the investigation that, when supported by high level learning and appropriate literature, will produce advanced knowledge relating to the student’s professional practice.


Master of Professional Studies (Research) students undertaking their professional studies research project on a part-time basis should enrol in this course for each semester until the completion of the project. This will normally be for a total of four semesters or when the candidate is ready to finalise and submit their project thesis in agreement with their supervisor. The student's supervisor will be appointed prior to commencement of the course. The supervisor will be a USQ or adjunct (external) subject expert related to the research topic. The student will combine work and study, by coherently investigating, analysing, assessing and developing possible improvements or innovations to some agreed aspect(s), process(es), procedure(s) or product(s) in their professional practice. With the help and support of a supervisor, it is expected that the student will examine recent literature to learn what is already known about their research topics, apply a high level of skill in assessing and addressing ethical considerations in their study and related professional practice, learn about appropriate research methods and conduct research. The student must demonstrate a capability of successfully undertaking self-managed and/or collaborative research and project development and provide a report of their progress at the completion of each study period.


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

  1. plan and execute an independent research project
  2. apply expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and reflect critically on that theory in relation to practice as relevant to the research project
  3. assess and apply pertinent ethical considerations in their professional practice and conducting research
  4. communicate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to a discipline or area of professional practice.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Topics and their weighting will be determined for each student at the beginning of the semester of offer. Topics will reflect each student's project thesis (or similar). 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. 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.

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
THESIS 1 100 100 21 Jun 2019 (see note 1)

  1. Students who are not due to hand in their Thesis must submit a Progress Report. The Office of Research Graduate Studies will notify students by e-mail when a Progress Report is due.

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.

    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:
    Not applicable.

  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:
    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:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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