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WRP9020 Professional Studies Publishable Paper A

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Professional Studies Paper A
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: Lee Fergusson


The Professional Studies Publishable Article A course will draw on an evidence-based contribution to professional practice emerging from the student’s disciplined research enquiry. The purpose of this course is to assist students in illustrating, against prevailing benchmarks, the specialised knowledge and skills associated with the student’s relevant professional practice. It also serves to demonstrate the student’s coherent cognitive, communication and technical skills required at this qualification level. The course develops the necessary skills associated with disseminating, at a compelling professional and academic standard, new knowledge and professional insights.
Not only will the course develop, under academic supervision, the student’s ability to disseminate knowledge and contributions to professional practice, but it will also publicly qualify and affirm the associated rigour concomitant with a Masters level research project and qualification. It is anticipated that the course will significantly enhance the student’s professional practice and communication skills.


Students are required to formulate and submit for blind review, a publication representing their research findings (or part thereof) and contribution to professional practice and/or relevant theory as appropriate. The article is assessed following standard academic blind peer-review processes. Peer reviewers will include independent academic and/or practice-based experts who will assess whether the work is publishable and meets the requisite critical, creative, analytical and communications skills associated with the Masters level qualification. The peer reviewers will be selected from related professional and academic fields relevant to the professional practice of the student. This will accommodate bifurcations between disciplines and the diversity of professional/academic discourse.

Students will be advised and guided in the formulation of their work by academic supervisor(s) associated with their work and with the Professional Studies programs. Students will be encouraged to recognise the value of disseminating new knowledge in what is increasingly becoming a complex and diverse publishing environment. The course will illustrate through supervision and a peer-review process the hallmarks of high impact, objective and academically sound publishing standards. The insights that the student will gain as a result, will not only enhance their experience and expertise through locating their disciplined enquiry in relevant theory and practice literature but will provide greater rigour in support of their findings and contributions to practice.

The course will be a pass/fail course based on the peer-review process outcome i.e. the work produced is publishable.


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

  1. identify, locate and explicate new knowledge and insights emerging from their professional practice;
  2. apply the hallmarks of high impact, objective and compelling evidence-based publications to the requisite academic standards;
  3. prepare a draft for and proceed through a blind peer review process;
  4. prepare a peer-reviewed publishable article relevant to their professional practice.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Conceptualising, planning and writing original work, based on research findings and contributions to professional practice 30.00
2. Illustrate the hallmarks of impact, objective and compelling evidence-based professional and academic publication 25.00
3. Draft article and proceed through a blind peer review process 45.00

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
ARTICLE ASSESSMENT 100 100 02 Jun 2021 (see note 1)

  1. As is consistent with academic assessment practices, articles will be assessed by blind peer review. This will entail the assessment by an independent reviewer (internal or external according to content expertise) as to whether the article is publishable.

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:
    Students are required to submit one body of work in the form of an article to undergo a blind peer-review process in determining whether the work is publishable. The outcome of the peer review acts as final assessment.
    The work is required to be submitted on time as advised by the course examiner and is assessed by independent peer reviewers upon completion.

  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:
    Satisfactory completion of the course is dependent on an independent internal assessment by peer reviewers. Their assessment as to whether the submitted work is publishable within the parameters of the relevant academic / professional literature will be regarded as definitive in determining a passing grade.

  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 apassing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing gradeor 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

Date printed 18 June 2021