HI6008 Business Research

HOLMES INSTITUTE

FACULTY OF

HIGHER EDUCATION

HOLMES INSTITUTE

FACULTY OF HIGHER EDUCATION

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM

PROPOSED SUBJECT OUTLINE FOR SEM 1 2017 INTAKE

HI6008 Business Research

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in a dynamic, student-centred learning environment. Holmes Institute fosters in its

students rational thought, intellectual integrity and social responsibility.

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FACULTY OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Holmes Institute Faculty of Higher Education offers business courses that combine discipline-based excellence with practical application. The faculty operates on campuses in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Hong Kong.

The faculty offers a Bachelor of Business, a Bachelor of Professional Accounting, a Master of Professional Accounting, a Master of Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Business.

Details about the members of the faculty can be found on the homepage of the Faculty of Higher Education at www.holmes.edu.au/undergraduate.

HOLMES INSTITUTE POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS

At Holmes Institute, the Master of Business Administration, Graduate Diploma in Business and the Master of Professional Accounting programs offer domestic and international students the opportunity to study a set of contemporary subjects in the field of business. These subjects prepare students for the challenges in business environments of the 21st century. These programs emphasize the global and cross-cultural dimensions of business. Teaching utilizes a combination of delivery methods and includes critical analysis and case study methods. A combination of exams, case studies and company analysis are used in assessment.

The Masters’ programs of Holmes Institute focus on:

Developing career related capabilities
Business numeracy and literacy
Developing managerial proficiency
Working in the new economy
Leadership skills
Entrepreneurship
Social responsibility and ethics

SUBJECT OVERVIEW & RATIONALE

HI6008 Business Research seeks to engage students in exploration of the entire business research process and how to plan, organise and carry out own business research project.

The entire business research process is investigated in a great detail from defining a suitable business research question, conducting thorough literature review, selecting appropriate research methodology to collect and analyse data, and to write the research paper.

Ethics in business research is also addressed.

SUBJECT OBJECTIVES & LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this subject you will have the ability to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the research planning process ,business research methods and understanding importance of professional ethics, and of how to recognize and address ethical issues when they arise in a business research project
Apply concepts of business research to business scenarios.
Evaluate the impact of existing business research in a business environment
Evaluate and Compare various business research methodologies then apply them to a specific business research project
Develop a research proposal, research project plan, literature review to be able to solve business problem and explain research outcomes.
Evaluate professional practice issues in business research
Justify chosen research methodology (quantitative/qualitative) and explain procedures for data collection, proposed data analysis, and limitations of your proposed study.

SUBJECT ADMINISTRATION

Awards

Duration

Core/Elective

Subject weight

Campus

MBA, MPA, Grad Dip

1 semester

Core

3 credit points

Melb/Syd/Bri

Mode of delivery

On campus

Prerequisites

Nil

Workload

Students are expected to attend all classes

Delivery

Two hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial every week

Independent study

6 hrs

CONTACT DETAILS

Subject Coordinator

Dr Zijad Pita

zpita@holmes.edu.au

Lecturers Melbourne Campus

Dr Zijad Pita

Ms Lucy Ferdous

Dr Mahmoud Bakkar

zpita@holmes.edu.au

lferdous@my.holmes.edu.au

mbakkar@my.holmes.edu.au

Lecturer Sydney Campus

Dr Narciso Cerpa

Mr Seyi Lagoke

ncerpa@holmes.edu.au

slagoke@holmes.edu.au

Lecture Brisbane Campus

Dr Serguei Mikhailitchenko

Dr Di Bu

Dr David Ponton

SMikhailitchenko@Holmes.edu.au

Dbu@my.holmes.edu.au

Dponton@my.holmes.edu.au

Lecture Gold Cost Campus

Dr Mark Boulle

mboulle@holmes.edu.au

Students please note:

Holmes Institute provides each student with a Holmes webmail. Faculty and Administrative staff can only communicate with you using your Holmes Institute mail address. Emails from private and/or business email accounts cannot be used and may not be answered.

CONSULTATION TIMES*

Please check with your lecturer

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Sydney Campus

Melbourne Campus

Brisbane Campus

Gold Cost Campus

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

ASSESSMENT TYPE

DUE DATE

WEIGHT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Individual

Assessment 1

Literature Review

Week 6

30%

1, 2, 3, 5

Individual

Assessment 2

Research Proposal

Week 12

50%

1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Individual

Assessment 3

Individual Reflective Journal

Week 13

20%

1, 2 ,3 ,4 ,6, 7

ASSESSMENT POLICY

To be eligible to pass this subject, students must complete all forms of assessment and demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. All assignments must be submitted electronically using a word processor, uploaded to Blackboard via SafeAssign. The assignment cover sheet must include the student/s name, number, subject code and subject name, subject lecturer’s name, assignment due date and time of submission.

Submission deadlines are strictly enforced and late submission incurs penalties of 5 (five) % of the assessment value per calendar day unless an extension and/or special consideration has been granted by the Subject Coordinator prior to the assessment deadline. Unless an extension and/or special consideration has been granted by the Subject Coordinator prior to the assessment deadline, no assessments are accepted after 14 calendar days of the due date or the end of the trimester for assessments due later in a trimester.

STANDARD GRADING SYSTEM AND DISTRIBUTION

GRADE

LETTER

RANGE

High Distinction

HD

80% and above

Distinction

D

70 – 79%

Credit

CR

60 – 69%

Pass

P

50 – 59%

Fail

NN

0-45% (did not meet the standard required according to the learning outcomes in the Subject Guide )

Faculty Pass*

FP

46 – 49% (awarded by Board of Examiners)

Supplementary Exam Granted (a temporary grade)

NS

Supplementary examination granted

Deferred Exam (a temporary grade)

ND

Officially Deferred examination

Fail

NA

Student did not submit any work according to the schedule in the Subject Guide

Result Withheld

RW

Additional assessment and/or work required

Result Withheld

WH

Outstanding fees or non-return of Holmes Institute materials

* This grade is sometimes referred to as a conceded pass at other institutions

Explanation of Letter Grade

HD Outstanding work which exhibits sophisticated understanding and critical synthesis, analysis and evaluation of the subject matter. While the work utilizes opinions of others, judgements about the value of the subject matter are made and drawn together in an organized whole. Gaps in the subject matter might also be identified and the implications discussed.

D Substantial work of high quality, which demonstrates a clear understanding of the subject matter, in which the relationship between the constituent elements are identified clearly and discussed with some level of critical analysis. The work also applies abstract ideas in concrete situations.

CR Sound and competent work, which demonstrates a reasonable but not complete grasp of the subject matter. The work utilizes recall and paraphrases the work of others concerning the subject matter. Some basic level of critical analysis is evident. Originality in the work is rarely evident.

P Work that demonstrates a satisfactory engagement with the subject matter such that the student is said to have a general understanding of the field. Provides an adequate basis for further study.

NN Did not meet the learning objective of the subject

VIEWING STUDENT GRADES

Results including the final grade can be viewed via the Grade Centre on Blackboard. Results for all assessments are published within two weeks of the due date of the assessment and the final examination. Students who wish to appeal their mark for a specific assessment are advised to follow the procedures outlined in the Student Handbook.

PLAGIARISM AND ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

Holmes Institute view any forms of academic misconduct as most serious offences. Academic misconduct in any form during an examination is not tolerated and will be dealt with according to the policies and procedures set out in the Holmes Institute Student Handbook (located on Blackboard in the Student General information Subject: HE-General Study Information (HGEN_HE).

Plagiarism occurs when one uses another person’s ideas or manner of expressing them and passes them off as one’s own work by failing to give appropriate acknowledgement (that is, referencing the source). Any instances of plagiarism will be dealt with promptly).

It is important that student reference their work appropriately. The Faculty of Higher Education at Holmes Institute uses the Harvard style of referencing. A detailed guide to referencing can be found in the Student Handbook and Resource Centres. It is expected that you will be familiar with the Harvard style of referencing.

USE OF BLACKBOARD

Holmes Institute uses Blackboard as its online teaching platform and all students enrolled have access to Blackboard to view and download their lecture material, grades, important announcements on their subjects and discussion rooms for selected subjects.

Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to check Blackboard on a regular basis. It is expected that students will have viewed lecture materials and additional readings before class. All students are advised to familiarize themselves with the use of Blackboard. Guides to Blackboard are available in the Resource Centre on each campus. Should you have difficulties accessing and/or using Blackboard, please contact your lecturer or the Holmes Institute Blackboard Helpdesk on: bbhelpdesk@holmes.edu.au.

USE OF RESOURCE CENTER AND PROQUEST

For most subjects, students are expected to engage in additional research. Textbooks and teaching materials available in the Resource Centre will be of use here. In addition, current students have access to a range of electronic academic journals via Proquest, which is accessible once you log into Blackboard.

Should you require any assistance with the use of Proquest and/or online research, please contact your lecturer and/or the Resource Centre staff on your campus.

STUDY SKILLS & ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Students who have difficulties with their studies and/or specific forms of assessment should contact their lecturer/tutor or Higher Education Coordinator on campus. Holmes Institute also offers regular Academic Support, which is free for any student enrolled. Students with insufficient academic progress are required to attend regular Academic Support sessions. Academic Support sessions are timetabled each trimester.

DETAILED INFORMATION ON SUBJECT ASSESSMENTS

Item

Due date

Weighting

Length

Individual Assignment 1

Literature Review

Week 6

30%

2000 to 2500 words

Individual Assessment 2

Research Proposal

Week 12

50%

1500 to 2000 words

Individual Assessment 3

Individual Reflective Journal

Week 13

20%

1000 to 1500 words

ASSESSMENT TASKS

Assessment 1 Literature Review – Individual Assignment (2000 to 2500 words)

For this assessment, students are expected to demonstrate their understanding of the extant, academic literature related to an approved, business topic.

In consultation with their lecturer, students need to decide on a business-related topic/concept. Students need to select approximately eight to twelve (8-12), but at least three (3), peer-reviewed articles or comparable sources (online resource can be accessed using ProQuest or Google Scholar) that are related to the topic (as the basis of their literature review).

In the context of their chosen topic, students need to review the articles and sources selected, i. e. read and critically analyse (compare and contrast) the literature. In doing so, students are required to discuss the key ideas/arguments put forward by authors, identify communalities/similarities, differences and conclusions drawn by different authors. Based on this analysis and discussion, students are expected to point out potential gaps in the literature that will form the basis of Assessment 2, the research proposal.

Marking criteria of the literature review include: the quality and currency of the literature selected; the student’s ability to compare and contrast author’s arguments/viewpoints and identify gaps in the existing literature in the context of the chosen business topic; the demonstrated ability to use Harvard referencing.

Assessment 1: Marking Criteria:

Marking Criteria’s

Marks

Literature review scope and objective

5

Comparative Analysis

10

Quality and currency of articles and sources used

5

Gaps identified and conclusions drawn

8

Use of Harvard Referencing

2

TOTAL MARKS

30

Assessment 2 Business Research Proposal – Individual Assignment (1500 to 2000 words)

For this assessment, students are expected to present a written research proposal that is based on the literature review (Assessment 1) and demonstrates their understanding of business research/research paradigm.

Based on their literature review, students are required to write a business research proposal outlining the details of the proposed research project that addresses the gaps identified in the literature. Derived from the business topic, the proposal needs to include clearly state research questions (primary and secondary), and provide a solid research methodology that supports the feasibility of the research project

Marking criteria of the research proposal include: the justification of the research questions that operationalize the research topic; the demonstration of a detailed research methodology addressing research instrument, sample size and sampling approach, research location/s and schedule as well as providing a critical assessment of the limitations of the methodology and the expected outcome of the research project.

Assessment 2: Marking Criteria:

Marking Criteria’s

Marks

Research Project Introduction and justification

5

Research Questions and justification

15

Research Methodology

30

TOTAL MARKS

50

Assessment 3: Individual Reflective Journal – Individual Assignment (1000-1500 words)

For this assessment, students are expected to write a weekly journal over the duration of the 12-week teaching period that documents a critical analysis of their learning process. In the journal students need to reflect/review how they have progressed with the learning goals related to assessments 1 and 2.

Students need to write their individual reflective journal concurrently to performing assessment tasks 1 and 2, i.e. from the first week of the subject. For each week, students need to make journal entries that provide a reflection of their ‘journey’ of gaining, and applying knowledge of the research paradigm. For each week students should reflect and compare the theoretical knowledge with what they apply into practice. As assessment 1 and 2 are completed, students should clearly identify learning goals achieved.

Assessment 3: Marking Criteria:

Marking Criteria’s

Marks

Introduction and Reflective Journal Scope

5

Critically and depth of learning reflections reflective analysis

10

Conclusion

5

TOTAL MARKS

20

SUBJECT RESOURCES

Prescribed Textbook (compulsory)

Prescribed text:

Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2015), Business Research Methods, (Fourth Edition), UK, Oxford University Press.

Recommended Reading

Zikmund, W. G. (2012), Business Research Methods, (9th edn), USA, Cengage
Sherri L. Jackson (2015), Research Methods and Statistics; Critical Thinking Approach, (5th edn), USA, Cengage.
William, T., James, P. and Arora, K. (2015), Research Methods: The Essential Knowledge Base, (2nd edn), USA, Cengage

LECTURE SCHEDULE/SYLLABUS

Wk

Topics scheduled

Assessment

Tutorial Activities

Chapters

1

The nature, process and strategy of business research

TBA in class

Chapter 1 and Chapter 2

2

Research design and planning the research process

TBA in class

Chapter 3 and

Chapter 4

3

Literature Review and Writhing Business Research

TBA in class

Chapter 5

and Chapter 29

4

Ethics and Legal Consideration in Business Research

TBA in class

Chapter 6

5

The Nature of qualitative research, sampling and participant observation

TBA in class

Chapter 17, Chapter 18 and Chapter 19

6

Interviewing, Focus Groups and Language in qualitative research

Individual

Assessment 1

TBA in class

Chapter 20, Chapter 21 and Chapter 22

7

Qualitative Data Analysis

TBA in class

Chapter 23 and Chapter 24

8

The Nature and Sampling in Quantitative Research

TBA in class

Chapter 7 and Chapter 8

9

Structured Interviewing and Questionary Design

TBA in class

Chapter 9, Chapter 10 and Chapter 11

10

Structured Observation and Content Analysis

TBA in class

Chapter 12 and Chapter 13

11

Secondary Analysis and Quantitative Data Analysis

TBA in class

Chapter 13 and Chapter 14

12

Mixed methods research: combining quantitative and qualitative research

Individual

Assessment 2

TBA in class

Chapter 27

13

n/a

Individual

Assessment 3

TBA in class

n/a

Study week*

Exam week*

* Note: Students must consult the Academic Calendar and Blackboard for the dates of the Study and Examination Week.

STUDENT ASSISTANCE

Studying in higher education presents many experiences and challenges. These might involve academic, personal and/or professional issues. At Holmes Institute, we have a range of people who can help you with various challenges. The following table identifies contact points should you require any support.

SUPPORT REQUIRED

WHO TO CONTACT

Information for Current Students

Holmes Institute Student Handbook

Academic Probation / Mentoring

Academic Mentors, Associate Dean

Accommodation

Holmes Institute Home Stay

Computers, Blackboard, Email

IT and Blackboard Help Desk emails: ithelpdesk@holmes.edu.au; bbhelpdesk@holmes.edu.au

Disability Needs

Holmes Institute Campus Directors

Employment and Careers

Career Development Team

Enrolment

Higher Education Coordinator on Campus

Exams

Higher Education Coordinator on Campus

Financial Issues

Holmes Institute Campus Directors

Personal Issues

Dean Operations, Mentoring Team

Proquest Database

Librarian on each Campus

Study Skills

Holmes Institute Academic Support & Study Skills Team

Visa Issues, COEs etc.

Higher Education Coordinator on Campus

This subject outline was prepared by the Course Development Team for the Postgraduate Programs, Faculty of Higher Education, Holmes Institute. It was correct at the time of publication. Change to the Subject Outline may occur at any time. However, the Faculty of Higher Education endeavours to inform the students accordingly. This publication is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism, or review as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any process or placed in computer memory without written permission. Enquires should be made to Holmes Institute Faculty of Higher Education. © Copyright 2017.

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