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Business and Governance Research Practicum (MBS649)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 12
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit may be taken as an elective in any area of study covered in the Master of Business Administration or Master of Human Resource Management subject to the approval of Academic Chair. A substantial formal report is submitted for assessment and may involve original research, a replication of published research in a different setting or applied studies of a problem-solving nature. Enrolments are subject to the availability of an appropriate staff member to supervise and a suitable project.
Unit Learning Outcomes Knowledge - By the end of this unit, you should have high-level understanding of: 1. 'Real world' business challenges and opportunities. 2. The application of cutting-edge approaches and perspectives to these business problems. Skills - By the end of this unit, you should have developed (and be applying) skills in: 3. Effectively integrating and appropriately applying previous learning and knowledge to make and justify decisions made in a real world context of the workplace. 4. Reflecting upon decisions, personal choices and actions in the workplace and critically appraising their appropriateness through professional experiences and critical feedback from peers, managers and supervisors. 5. Demonstrate professionalism, confidentiality, communication, and responsibility for decision-making. 6. Designing and undertaking applied business research, creative problem-solving, while working individually and within teams. 7. Thinking critically about the ethical implications of professional practice. 8. Preparing written reports and delivering oral presentations to a high standard.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: Up to 5 workshops per enrolment period. Please speak to the unit coordinator for these workshops.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is unlike most coursework units as it has no regular timetabled seminars. Students will be expected to attend seminars which focus on early career professional development. Students, in conjunction with academic supervisors and guidance from industry professionals, will undertake an applied research project. The unit provides invaluable opportunities for 'learning by doing'. Students share the outcomes of their applied project through formal presentations to their peers and academic staff. These presentations prompt reflection, discussion and debate, providing further opportunities for collaborative learning. Throughout this process, academic and industry supervisors 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 high level personal autonomy and accountability. Project work will take up approximately 220 hours over the teaching period. Regular meetings with academic supervisors and/ or industry coaches will be expected, and is additional to project work. Presentation sessions are where students share their placement experiences with their peers and academic staff.
Assessment refer to assesssment items below
Prerequisites MBS520/MBS620 Research Preparation for Business
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MBS612 Research Project, MBS644 Business and Governance Research Practicum, MBS654 Business Professional Placement, or MBS643 Business and Governance Research Practicum may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Enrolments are subject to the availability of an appropriate staff member to supervise and a suitable project
Previously 2013: MBS612
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-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-External
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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