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Applied Research Practicum (MBS643)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description Students collaborate in groups to develop a proposed solution to a real-world project defined by an industry partner working across a variety of sectors. Students will apply cognate discipline knowledge, problem-solving capability and research skills in developing their proposal, and further build workplace relevant skills including business report writing and presentation skills, cross-discipline collaboration, ethical and communication using digital business tools. The unit further builds student capacity for self-reflection and professional development, including personal brand and reflective practice.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
ULO 1. Apply discipline knowledge to justify decisions in a real-world context.
ULO 2. Critically evaluate real organisational problems and develop evidence-based conclusions
ULO 3. Exhibit effective communication skills by preparing written reports, and delivering professional oral presentations.
ULO4 Give and receive critical feedback from peers and supervisors.
ULO5. Display professionalism, including personal autonomy and accountability.
ULO6 Display the capability to think across cultures and contexts.
ULO7 Integrate knowledge of ethical and sustainability issues into professional practice.
Timetabled Learning Activities 12 x 3 hour seminars
Unit Learning Experiences Where relevant, students will be expected to attend regular workshops which focus on developing professional skills. Students, working in multidisciplinary teams and in conjunction with academic supervisors and guidance from industry professionals (where relevant), will undertake an applied research project approved by the Unit Coordinator. Projects come from a variety of sources including; government, not-for-profits or commercial organisations. The unit provides opportunities for 'learning by doing'. Students share the outcomes of their applied project through formal presentations to their peers, academic staff and industry. These presentations prompt reflection, discussion and debate, providing further opportunities for collaborative learning. Throughout this process, academic supervisors and industry partners, provide guidance and coaching.
Other Learning Experiences Non-timetabled learning experiences are particularly important in this unit. The unit readings, preparation of assessment items and other out-of-class tasks involve independent, guided scholarship and the application of knowledge and skills with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability. Regular attendance at workshops and seminars with academic supervisors and/or industry coaches will be expected, and is additional to project work. Presentation sessions are where students share their experiences with their peers,academics and industry.
Assessment Assessment
1. Reflective Journal (20%)
2. Project Proposal (10%)
3. Project Report (40%)
4. Project Presentation (30%).
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Master's Program, completion of at least 24 points of Masters units. Completing MBS520 Research Preparation for Business is recommended prior to enrolling in this unit.
Exclusions MBS644/MBS649 Business and Governance Research Practicum/MBS654 Business Professional Placement; SWM619 Research Internship, SWM620 Supervised Policy Case Study, SWM617 Supervised Research Thesis
Notes Students work with academic and industry leaders to develop their solution and presentation, culminating in a professional pitch to the partner organisation.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Business (MBus) [New in 2019]
Master of Business Administration (Global) (MBA(Global))
Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (MHAPL) [New in 2016]
Master of Human Resources Management (MHRM)
Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) (MPA(Adv))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Mrs Jean Wootton
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: Silent
e: J.Wootton@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.003 - Murdoch Business School, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Mrs Jean Wootton
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: Silent
e: J.Wootton@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.003 - Murdoch Business School, Murdoch Campus
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