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WRP9001 Fundamentals of Professional Studies B

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 : 24 May 2022


Pre-requisite: Students must have passed WRP9000 and Students must be enrolled in the Doctor of Professional program (DPRS)


The Fundamentals of Professional Studies B course introduces students to the research philosophies and methodologies associated with work-based research projects. Building on the theoretical context, reflective practice, ethics and learning program developed in WRP9000, this course prepares students in ensuring that the requisite research and project design to achieve the learning objectives at a doctoral level, are appropriate.
This requires gaining a systemic and critical understanding of the substantial and complex body of knowledge associated with the philosophy of research, research methodologies and project management principles that are required to generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to their area of practice.

This course ensures that students enrolled in the Doctor of Professional Studies gain the capacity that will enable them to design appropriate research and project frameworks that will facilitate as optimally as possible from a planning perspective, the implementation of their work-based projects and associated research.
It ensures that the principles adopted in the USQ approach to enhancing professional practice are systemically interpreted in order to ensure that the benefits of work-based learning are optimised in achieving practitioner expertise. 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 so as to culminate in the level of autonomy and specialisation that is expected from completing the program.
By completing the course, students will:
i) develop their understanding and advanced application of research philosophy and related research methodologies associated with work-based research projects,
ii) further develop their communication and collaboration skills especially within the workplace, online and academic contexts amongst their colleagues and peers,
iii) align the learning objectives articulated in their Learning Program (WRP9000) with the associated activities required to achieve these,
iv) develop their critical understanding of relevant ethical considerations associated with work-based research and ensuring that appropriate ethical guidelines are applied in their research, and
v) fully develop their work-based research project(s) based on sound project management principles and applications.
By completing the course students will gain the capacity to ensure that the research paradigms, theoretical foundations of their practice and work-based project designs are appropriate and deliverable.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 24 May 2022