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WRP8000 Fundamentals of Professional Studies

Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts

Other requisites

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, and students are required to participate in the online environment throughout the course. As such students are required to have substantial and reliable access to a computer and the internet.


This course ensures that students enrolled in the Master of Professional Studies program understand its fundamental theoretical underpinnings and the principles adopted in the USQ approach to enhancing professional practice based on work-based learning. It also prepares and equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure that their progression through the program is seamless and sufficiently self-directed.
By completing the course, students will:
i) be introduced to the theoretical body of knowledge that supports professional development within the context of work-based learning,
ii) develop their critical thinking and reflective practice skills,
iii) develop their understanding and application of research philosophy and related research methodologies applicable to work-based research projects,
iv) develop their understanding of relevant ethical considerations associated with work-based research and ensuring that appropriate ethical guidelines are applied in their research,
v) develop their communication and collaboration skills especially within the workplace, online and academic contexts amongst their colleagues and peers,
vi) develop a clearly articulated learning program outlining learning objectives and the associated activities required to achieve these, and
vii) develop their work-based research projects based on sound project management principles and applications.
By completing the course students will understand the theoretical, professional and academic standards associated with the Master of Professional Studies program and the levels of support/guidance that they can expect.
Students will also have completed work associated with enhancing their reflective practice. The course outcomes will also include the agreed professional, academic and organisational development outcomes associated with their learning and research project plans.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2015 External
Semester 2, 2015 External