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WRP9014 Professional Studies Research Project 4

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 4
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
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Lee Fergusson


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 4 course is for students completing their research on a full-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 full-time basis should enrol in this course for each semester until the completion of the project. This will normally be for a total of two semesters or when the candidate is ready to finalise and submit their project thesis in agreement with their supervisor. 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, as specified in the student's approved professional studies research project proposal. 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.

Course learning outcomes

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

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Report No 100 1,2,3,4
Date printed 27 June 2022