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BUS8101 Business Project A

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Business Project A
Units : 1
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 : 080399 - Business Mgt not classified
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 February 2020

Staffing

Examiner: Jane Summers

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

This course is designed to allow students to pursue a particular area of study or to undertake a project relevant to their workplace or area of interest. Students are required to identify a suitable supervisor from the academic staff within the university and in consultation with them, nominate a substantial project that will incorporate significant theoretical issues as well as providing practical experiences relevant to their career development. The project should involve original, independent, creative, and scholarly activity by the student. This course should only be attempted by experienced students who have a clearly focused project they wish to use to further develop their subject specialisation. The work undertaken in this project will develop an appropriate methodology to carry out the project, and may include gaining additional practical or technical skills, or researching the theoretical context for the study.

Synopsis

This course requires students to undertake a review of the literature associated with their project area as directed by their academic supervisor. Students will negotiate with their supervisor to agree on the exact format of their project, due dates and a schedule of supervision. It is important that students identify an appropriate supervisor and obtain their approval and ability to supervise the project prior to the start of the semester of study. As part of this process students should be able to outline a substantial project that incorporates significant theoretical issues as well as providing practical experiences relevant to their career development. The project may be sponsored by the student's employer. The literature review will identify the major issues associated with the project and provide a theoretical and conceptual basis for the project. Enrolment in this course is subject to the availability of a supervisor.

Objectives

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

  1. identify suitable research topics;
  2. undertake independent research;
  3. demonstrate appropriate communication skills;
  4. report research outcomes.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Project Part A: Project topic, scope, & introduction

Please note: Topics will be determined for each student at the beginning of the semester of offer. Topics will reflect each student's proposed project.
30.00
2. Project Part B: Major literature review & discussions 70.00

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=BUS8101)

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

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 170.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT A 100 30 27 Mar 2020
PROJECT B 100 70 04 Jun 2020

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 complete the project satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for the project.

  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:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% for the project.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the marks obtained for the project.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course. The completed project will normally be examined by the supervisor. Where a student is enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Research, the completed project will be examined by the supervisor and one other examiner, normally appointed from staff in the Faculty of Business and Law. At least one of the examiners will hold a PhD qualification.

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

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

Date printed 27 February 2020