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WRP9020 Professional Studies Publishable Paper A

Semester 2, 2022 Online
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
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass
Version produced : 27 June 2022


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.

Course learning outcomes

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

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.

Assessment details

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