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WRP9002 Work-Based Research Project

Semester 3, 2020 Online
Short Description: Work-Based Research Project
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 : Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory


Examiner: Luke Van Der Laan

Other requisites

Re-enrolment in the WRP9002 course until dissertation submission is dependent on an assessment of good progress in the preceding semester.

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.


The work-based research project course allows doctoral candidates to implement their work-based research projects in accordance with their successfully assessed work-based research project proposals (Refer WRP9001). Students are required to implement their work-based projects and initiate the associated research methodology as stipulated in their proposal and ethics approval. Recurring enrolment in the course until completion of a final dissertation for examination is required. Candidates are supported and their progress assessed by an appointed principal supervisor who will submit biannual progress reports to the program director.


Doctoral candidates undertaking their work-based research project should enrol in this course for each semester of their candidature. This will normally be for a total of ten semesters or until the candidate is ready to finalise and submit their final dissertation in agreement with their supervisor. The candidate will combine work and study, by investigating, analyzing, assessing and developing possible improvements or innovations to some agreed aspect(s) (process(es), procedure(s) or product(s)) at the student's workplace. With the help and support of an supervisor, it is expected that the student will study appropriate literature and other resources, research methodology and undertake other activities, as in the student's approved work-based research project proposal. The student must demonstrate a capability of successfully undertaking self-managed and/or collaborative research and project development culminating in providing a report of their progress at the completion of each study period.


On successful completion of this course students should have:

  1. developed and demonstrated a commitment to lifelong education, providence and diversity in fulfilling their own lives, organisational aims and those of others;
  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 through integrating empirical, methodological and theoretical knowledge that engages current work-based issues and contributes to their practice as a professional;
  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. the ability to take into account complex, unpredictable, specialised work contexts requiring innovative approaches, which involve exploring current limits of knowledge and, in particular, interdisciplinary approaches and understanding;
  5. demonstrate communication and collaborative skills to explain and present a complex investigation of originality for external examination against international standards for dissemination amongst peers and the community both nationally and internationally.

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, library and CDROM.

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.
Students will be required to employ research skills and techniques including the use of appropriate technological tools in order to optimise their research objectives. This includes advanced referencing of resources that will enhance their knowledge and understanding and optimise the evidence base of their work.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 160.00
Independent Study 170.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROGRESS REPORT OR FINAL DISS 1 100 29 Jan 2021 (see note 1)

  1. Progress Report or Final Dissertation - Candidates who are not due to submit their dissertation must submit a Progress Report to be assessed in consultation with their supervisor. The Director, Professional Studies will remind candidates by email when the 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.

    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:
    Progress Reports: to complete the Progress Report satisfactorily, students must fill out the report in consultation with their supervisor. As part of their research program, students are expected to demonstrate satisfactory progress.

  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:
    Progress Report: DPST students must submit a progress report and deemed to be making Satisfactory Progress by the supervisor and ADR to receive a SP grade

    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:
    Not applicable.

  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

Date printed 12 February 2021