BUSN20019 Professional Project Assignment Help

Assignment 1 Project plan and project proposal
Assessment Type
Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description
Unit assessment overview
During this unit, you will complete an individual professional research project that contains a number of
cumulative components – this means that Assessment 2 will build on the components assembled in
Assessment 1. You will be given significant feedback and feed-forward during and after Assessment 1,
which you must use to develop Assessment 2.
In this unit, you will demonstrate a synthesis of the knowledge, learning, business research
methodologies, and professional skills that you have acquired and practiced throughout your ENTIRE
Masters course. In particular, this unit builds upon your previous work in the unit Research in Business.
However, this time you will actually do a research project. The Professional Project will be based
SOLELY on secondary data and it is important that you familiarise yourself early in the unit with the
meaning of ‘secondary data’. You will work independently (although within a structure) to plan, carry
out and report on an investigation that addresses an issue or problem in business relevant to the
profession, towards which you are studying now (this must be one of the following: marketing,
accounting, management, or human resource management). Throughout the term, your independent
study will be supported by: Moodle resources, interactions with a campus tutor/lecturer, who will
provide guidance, and a series of web-based interactions with the unit co-ordinator (these will be
scheduled as and when required throughout the term and communicated via Moodle and email).
Assessment 1: Project proposal (40%)
This assessment will be completed in two steps.
Step 1, worth 15% of total unit marks: Single-page project plan.
This assignment requires you to submit, at the end of week 4, a single page project plan. This project
plan will contain five components:
1. A statement detailing your ‘field of research’ – in this, you must clearly explain the relevance of
your field of research for the profession, towards which you are studying.
2. A source of secondary data linked to your chosen field of research. You will be required to either
include a website with a link to a publicly available secondary data set, or a short description of
how you will use publicly available sources as secondary data.
3. A research question or questions that can be answered with the secondary data set you
identified; this requires clarity on the questions and possibly a more detailed definition of
variables or key themes to be explored.
4. The search terms you propose to use in Google Scholar to identify literature in the field of the
research question.
5. Pick (at least) THREE peer-reviewed scholarly articles that arise from the result of your search
and that you think will be suitable to become part of your project’s literature review. Write two
sentences that combine ALL THREE (or more, if you have chosen more) of these sources
(referenced correctly) and provide them in a reference list.
Step 2, worth 25% of total unit marks: Project proposal.
For this assignment, due at the end of week 6, you will be asked to use the feedback from step 1 to
prepare a proposal detailing your proposed project. The proposal is to be written in professional report
format and contains the following:
a short, preliminary literature review that places your project within the context of your
profession;
a focused research aim, and at least one research question; and
a research plan, including: an overview of your proposed methods of data collection and data
analysis; Gantt chart schedule; and clear presentation of data sources.
The required length for this report is 1,750 words (+/- 10%), excluding preliminaries, reference list
and appendices. You are required to include at least 10 suitable high-quality peer-reviewed
scholarly journal articles.
Assessment Due Date
Assessment 1.1 (single-page project plan) is due in WEEK 4 (Friday 30/11/18 at 11.45 am AEST) and Assessment 1.2
(project proposal) is due in WEEK 6 (Friday, 21/12/18 at 11.45 am AEST)
Return Date to Students
Results and feedback will be available in Moodle approximately within 10 business days (2 weeks, excluding university
vacation).
Weighting
40%
Assessment Criteria
As a Masters-level student, you are required to engage in research as per the Australia Quality
Framework (AQF) guidelines. Two specific requirements need to be considered. Students need to
demonstrate “a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a
discipline and/or area of professional practice”, and demonstrate “knowledge of research principles and
methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning”.
Each unit in your Masters program has a number of required weekly readings in terms of academic
texts, journals and business publications that represent the appropriate body of knowledge and recent
developments referred to by the AQF. In order to demonstrate the ability to engage in appropriate
research, students should read and utilise these texts and journals and publications, and as a Masters
student, demonstrate an ability to research beyond this minimum standard through additional texts,
journals and studies that demonstrate an ability to engage in independent research. This is an
advanced level course, and accrediting bodies are also looking for evidence of independent research,
so the ability to conduct this project without continually relying on your tutors and lecturers is an
important part of the learning process for this unit.
You should ensure that you understand the specific research that is required for each assessment piece
and recognise that if you merely meet this minimum requirement, you will receive the minimum grade
for demonstrated research.
Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS,
WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE. A full list of
references must be submitted as part of the assessment.
Your assignment will be marked on the following criteria; a detailed marking rubric is available in
Moodle:
Clarity and suitability of statement of ‘field of research’
Suitability of data sources
Search terms
Ability to integrate sources into academic writing
Professional presentation and accuracy of work
Quality and appropriateness of references, and accuracy of referencing
Feasibility of project within time-frame
Aim and objectives/research questions
Preliminary critical literature review
Organisation of the project
Written communication
Referencing Style
American Psychological Association (APA)

 

Submission
Online
Submission Instructions
Word document; submission via Moodle
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Develop an understanding of your profession and its role in business and industry
Identify a problem or issue in your profession and/or the roles normally undertaken by such professionals in
business or industry
Articulate the research questions that address the issue thus identified
Evaluate and analyse national and international literature and secondary data related to your research questions
Develop appropriate solutions and recommendations to your applied research questions
Communicate key findings and outline recommendations for your profession.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge
Communication
Research
Self-management

 

Assignment 2 Project Report
Assessment Type
Practical Assessment
Task Description
This is an individual, written assessment, to be completed in report format. You are required to write
around 3,000 words (+/- 10%), excluding title page, preliminaries, tables, figures, reference list and
appendices. The report requires in-text referencing and a full reference list in APA style, with evidence that you have critically read and integrated a minimum of 20 suitable scholarly references.
The purpose of this assessment is to present the final report of the Professional Project you proposed in Assignment 1. This report should build upon both components of your Assessment 1 and it should be developed with the help of the tutor/co-ordinator feedback.
In order to successfully complete Assessment 2, you are required to carry out the investigation you
have proposed in Assessment 1 and produce a professional research report that shows that you have followed through from finding a research question to answering that question and developing
recommendations that arise from your findings. The report will follow the typical structure of a research report and will need to include the following:
Project title
Introduction (which must include some justification of your topic and your project’s aim and
research question(s))
Critical literature review
A detailed presentation of how you carried out your project (commensurate with a ‘Methods’
chapter)
Findings from your secondary data analysis
Discussion of findings in light of your previously reviewed literature
Conclusion, including recommendations and limitations
Assessment Due Date
Assessment 2 is due in WEEK 12 (Friday, 08/02/19 at 11.45 am AEST)
Return Date to Students
Results and feedback will be available in Moodle on certification day.
Weighting
60%
Assessment Criteria
As a Masters-level student, you are required to engage in research as per the Australia Quality
Framework (AQF) guidelines. Two specific requirements need to be considered. Students need to
demonstrate “a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a
discipline and/or area of professional practice, and demonstrate “knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning”.
Each unit in the MBA has a number of required weekly readings in terms of academic texts, journals and business publications that represent the appropriate body of knowledge and recent developments referred to by the AQF. In order to demonstrate the ability to engage in appropriate research, students should read and utilise these texts and journals and publications, and as a Masters student, indicate a willingness to research beyond this minimum standard through additional texts, journals and studies that demonstrate an ability to engage in independent research. This is an advanced level course, and accrediting bodies are also looking for evidence of independent research, so the ability to conduct this project without continually relying on your tutors and lecturers is an important part of the learning process for this unit.
Students should insure that they understand the specific research that is required for each assessment piece and recognise that if they meet this minimum requirement, you will receive the minimum grade for demonstrated research.
Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS,
WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE. A full list of references must be submitted as part of the assessment.
Your assignment will be marked on the following nine criteria, with the weighting given on the Moodle site:
Title, background, definitions
Justification, aim and objectives/research questions
Quality and coherence of introduction and conclusion
Critical literature review
Methods
Findings and analysis
Discussion
Written communication
Quality and appropriateness of references, and accuracy of referencing
Referencing Style
American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission
Online
Submission Instructions
Word document; submission via Moodle
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Develop an understanding of your profession and its role in business and industry
Identify a problem or issue in your profession and/or the roles normally undertaken by such professionals in
business or industry
Articulate the research questions that address the issue thus identified
Evaluate and analyse national and international literature and secondary data related to your research questions
Develop appropriate solutions and recommendations to your applied research questions
Communicate key findings and outline recommendations for your profession.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge
Communication
Cognitive, technical and creative skills
Research
Self-management


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