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HI6008 T2 2021 Business Research Project

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HI6008 T2 2021 Business Research Project

Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
TrimesterT2 2021
Unit CodeHI6008
Unit TitleBusiness Research Project
Assessment TypeResearch Project Development (including Topic, Problem Statement, Research Question), with Team Charter Appendix (Presentation may be requested)
Assessment TitleTopic Development
Purpose of the assessment (with ULO Mapping)Clearly identify your chosen topic, having carried out some basic review of available secondary data to secure your interest (e.g. at least 3 academic articles, plus a business report, plus a relevant current news item). Indicate the Research Problem, as you see it so far, and at least ONE research question at this stage (additional questions may be defined as you progress with this unit). Unless you are a SOLO GROUP (i.e. one person working alone) this assignment also requires the addition of an appendix in which you list the student numbers and names of your team members and complete a Team Charter, indicating what role(s) each will contribute throughout the project. A brief presentation in-class may be requested by your lecturer. Matches to Unit Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 5
Weight20 % of the total assessments
Total Marks20
Word limitNot more than 1200 words for the Topic Approval [Note that a Team Charter, which is to be appended unless your group is ‘solo’, is additional to the 1200 word-count of the Topic Approval]
Due Date       Before midnight on the Friday of Week 6, i.e. 27 August  
Submission GuidelinesAll work must be submitted on Blackboard by 12 midnight on the due date, with a completed Assignment Cover Page as one single document. [If no cover page your mark may be reduced -20%; Late submissions attract penalties at the rate of -5% per day]The group members’ names and student numbers listed on the Cover Page must align with the members officially registered in your group. [any errors or omissions may affect your grade and there is no guarantee of any adjustment]The assignment must be in MS Word format, 1.5 spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings, paragraphing, and page numbers.  Reference sources must be correctly cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list (see Holmes Adapted Harvard Referencing Style)  

*Note: Students are required to form groups consisting of 3 students per group. If you are unable to form a group, you will have to undertake this assignment as a ‘solo-group’, in which case you must enroll yourself as a group of 1 (i.e. you). By working solo you will unfortunately forego the marks allocated to the Team Charter appendix. You will not be able to submit your assignment unless you are OFFICIALLY enrolled into a group. Submit the assignment as a single document, including the Holmes official COVER SHEET as the first page. Once formed, the group composition remains fixed for the duration of the trimester. For help with any group formation matters, please address your email to bbhelpdesk@holmes.edu.au ensuring that your full details (Name, student ID, unit name and number, assignment details, and campus) are included.

Assignment 1 Specifications

Purpose:

This unit aims to give you an opportunity to combine many facets of your acquired MBA skills into the production of a high-quality research project. Your tutor’s main role will be to FACILITATE you through the process, week by week. The learning will be progressive, so for best results you will need to be listening to the weekly lectures as well as in contact with your tutor during the interactive tutorials.

Assignment 1 – the Topic Development – is to ensure you have given sufficient thought to the topic you are choosing to base your research project on. For this assignment the topic you choose must be a business problem relevant to the state in which you are based in Australia and must be specified as related to a particular industry that is relevant to that state.

You must select one of the 12 listed interest areas. The one you select must hold your interest for the full 12 weeks. You do NOT need to request approval for your topic and DO NOT expect your tutor to allocate you a topic. You are required to develop your topic to ensure that it has relevance as a business-related problem and has a specific Research Question that you intend to try and resolve.

The title must contain the actual business activity/problem that it relates to; and/or the economic sector or industry or company that you are focusing on; the Australian state that you base it on. Naturally then, your research must focus on those specified dimensions. Your research must be as current as what the relevant academic literature supports (typically post-2018)

Select ONE from this list:

  • Leadership effectiveness in Australia
  • Successful entrepreneurship in Australia
  • Business ethics in Australia
  • Service management in Australia
  • Human resource management policies and practices in Australia
  • Successful online marketing of products in Australia
  • Family business success in Australia
  • A comparative study of Australian MBA degrees
  • Learning from corona: an Australian case study (this will be based on a single company of your choice)
  • Successful advances in RPA in Australia
  • Job opportunities for business graduates in Australia
  • A study of how Australians can create revenue streams using social media

(Each group must select one of the above interest areas and add the specific dimensions discussed above; no exceptions are allowed)

You will ideally work within a group consisting of 3 students (i.e. the maximum size of an assignment group in this unit is 3 persons). Your respective contributions in this first assignment (as well as assignments 2 and 3) will be governed by your assignment group’s Team Charter, which is an appendix you will submit at the same time as your Topic Development, unless you are working ‘solo’. The Team Charter appendix must indicate what roles will be undertaken by each member of the team. If you are working SOLO, the team charter appendix is NOT required.

Assignment Structure

Your Topic Development Report should be in accordance with the following structure:

  1. Official Cover Sheet
  2. Project Title in full (must contain the actual business activity/problem that it relates to; and/or the economic sector or industry or company that you are focusing on; the Australian state that you base it on)
  3. Say why this topic interests you
  4. Discuss your initial search for relevant literature and show that it has provided you with a good initial contextual understanding of the topic and its associated business-related problem(s)
  5. Define the Research Problem that your team intends to address
  6. Propose at least ONE specific Research Question that your team will be seeking to answer through your research project
  7. Append a Team Charter (unless working Solo) and include the student numbers and names of your team members.

Holmes Adapted Harvard Referencing

Holmes has now implemented a Holmes adapted Harvard approach to referencing:

  1. Reference sources in assignments are limited to sources which provide full text access to the source’s content for lecturers and markers.
  2. Your Reference list is to be located on a separate page at the end of the essay and titled: References.
  3. It should include the details of all the in-text citations, arranged alphabetically A-Z by author surname.  In addition, it MUST include a hyperlink to the full text of the cited reference source. 
    For example;
    Hawking, P., McCarthy, B. and Stein, A. 2004. Second Wave ERP Education, Journal of Information Systems Education, Fall,  http://jise.org/Volume15/n3/JISEv15n3p327.pdf
  4. All assignments will require additional in-text reference details which will consist of the surname of the author/authors or name of the authoring body, year of publication, page number of content, paragraph where the content can be found.
    For example;
    “The company decided to implement an enterprise wide data warehouse business intelligence strategy (Hawking et al, 2004, p3(4)).”

Adherence to Referencing Guidelines is Mandatory

If students do not follow the above guidelines:

  1. Students who submit assignments which do not comply with the guidelines will incur penalties.
  2. Students whose citations are fake will be reported for academic misconduct.

HI6008 Assignment 1 – Topic Development – Marking Rubric

 Excellent 5Good 4Satisfactory 3Questionable 2Unsatisfactory 0-1
Topic is correctly specified and discussed in detailTopic is clearly identified with robust concise discussionTopic is clearly identified with very good discussionTopic is clearly identified with good discussionTopic is identifiedMissing or confused
Initial literature search and sources5 or more current academic sources with compelling argumentAt least 4 academic sources with good argumentAt least 3 academic sources with good discussionAt least 3 academic sources with some useful discussionInsufficient rigour
Statement of Research ProblemClear, concise, compellingThe research problem is very-well evidentThe research problem is well-evidentThe research problem is evidentMissing or confusing
Statement of Research QuestionClear, concise, compellingThe research question is very-clearly statedThe research question is clearly statedThe research question is statedMissing or confusing
Total Marks (20)     /20
Penalties ApplicableLate submission:  …………. Days @ -5% per day = …………………. Solo group or no team charter -10% No cover sheet / incorrect / inaccurate / not single document @-20% Non-compliant referencing @-10%Recorded Mark   /20 

Team Charter Appendix (NOT for SOLO groups)

Here the team members must participate in robust discussion during which they discuss their individual interests, strengths and weaknesses and contemplate who can best contribute what over the period of the business research project. For example, while all members of the team must contribute to the whole project, the team members may decide that a particular person will take the lead role in a certain section of the project, such as the sourcing of relevant literature. [If one member takes on the lead role it doesn’t mean that others don’t do any of the work, just that they will be guided by the one leading that section of the project]. It is recommended that each team member assumes a leading role for one aspect of the team effort. The result of your discussions should be documented in a table similar to the one below. [Note that you need to define the roles; those listed are simply examples].

  1. Explain the team’s agreed goals and timeline for completion (Due dates, meetings, milestones, deliverables from individuals)
  1. Who will be responsible for each activity?
  1. What particular team-roles will each member contribute to the team?
  1. What are your team’s expectations regarding meeting attendance (being on time, leaving early, missing meetings, etc.)?
  1. What process will team members follow if they have an emergency and cannot attend a team meeting or complete their individual work promised to the team (deliverable)?
  1. What are your team’s expectations regarding the quality of team members’ preparation for team meetings?
  1. What are your team’s expectations regarding team members’ ideas, interactions with the team, cooperation, attitudes, and team-member contributions in general?
  1. How will your team ensure that members contribute as expected to the team and that the team performs as expected?
  1. How will you collectively manage members whose performance is below expectations?
  1. Add any other team agreements and commitments here

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