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AVN8105 Aviation Research Project Part B

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Avn Research Project Part B
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Commerce
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 080399 - Business Mgt not classified
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Tarryn Kille

Requisites

Pre-requisite: AVN8104

Other requisites

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.

Rationale

Postgraduate students working in the aviation sector need to be able to conduct effective research across a wide variety of subject areas. They must be able to conduct ethical, effective and rigorous research which fills gaps in current knowledge on a given topic. To achieve this, students will need effective research skills which enable them to review existing knowledge on a topic, to identify gaps in that knowledge, and to develop studies which increase the topic knowledge where those gaps are identified. The project (comprising AVN8104 Aviation Research Project (part A), immediately followed by AVN8105 Aviation Research Project (part B) is intended to integrate, augment and synthesise the knowledge and skills, developed in earlier courses of the program, into an approved research topic focused on key aspects in the aviation industry.

Synopsis

This course (being the second half of the project) provides students with a significant opportunity for research on an aviation topic, usually related to their work environment, to apply and/or extend knowledge developed in their program of study. Students are assisted by one or more supervisors with an appropriate background in the area of endeavour. The course requires students to continue the supervised research from AVN8104 using appropriate research methods and present results in a research project. The research project will involve the writing of a research paper of up to 15,000 words which includes study findings and conclusion. The course will operate on the basis of frequent individual consultation and feedback between the student and supervisor(s).

Objectives

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

  1. establish, manage and maintain appropriate interaction and reporting with the designated supervisor whilst the approved project is completed
  2. interact appropriately with other colleagues (e.g., management, technical and administrative staff) as necessary in support of the project
  3. apply intellectual rigour in an ethical manner whilst completing a project
  4. analyse a set of research data and critically reflect on that analysis
  5. submit a research project of up to 15,000 words within a designated timeframe demonstrating effective writing and communication skills.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Individual research topics and their weighting will be determined for each student at the beginning of the semester of offer. Topics will reflect each student’s proposed research. 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://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=01&subject1=AVN8105)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Creswell, J.W 2018, Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches and methods in social research, 5th edn, Sage Publications, Los Angeles, CA.

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 30.00
Private Study 135.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Research Project Part A 20 20 05 Apr 2020 1,2,3
Research Project Part B 80 80 24 May 2020 1,2,3,4,5

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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.

  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 for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  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 items for 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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Master of Aviation and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Date printed 19 June 2020