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MGT598 Business Research

Assessment item 1 Journal #1

Value: 10%
Due date: 12-Mar-2018
Return date: 05-Apr-2018
Length: 800 words (maximum)
Submission method options
Interact2 Journal
Task

In this Journal entry, you are asked to apply the simple research model set out in Module 1 to a research article. Please perform the following tasks for the identified research article (see below):1. Apply the simple research model to the research article listed below by answering the following four questions: i) where are we now? ii) where are we going? iii) how do we get there? iv) how do we know when we have finished?

2. What challenges did you experience in undertaking this activity?

You will need to create a private journal entry using the journal tool available from the subject interact site. Your journal should be at least 800 words in length, but no more! You may use a table to summarise your answer; but it is also important that you provide a narrative discussion using sentences and paragraphs.

Apply the simple research model to the following article:

Smith, A., Oczkowski, E. and Selby-Smith, C. (2011) To have and to hold: modelling the drivers of employee turnover and skill retention in Australian organisations. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 22(2), 395-416.

http://www.tandfonline.com.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/doi/abs/10.1080/09585192.2011.540162

Feedback on this assessment item will be provided by way of a reply to your journal posted by the lecturer. The mark for this journal activity will be available on Gradebook.

Rationale

This assessment invites you to apply the research model that is introduced early in the subject to a piece of empirical research. The assessment will help you to evaluate your understanding of some of the foundational constructs in the subject. The task will help you to be able to explain and evaluate research processes within a specific context.

The present assignment needs to be submitted through CSU Interact2 available at the CSU blackboard.

Marking criteria
Marking criterion Weighting Exemplary Proficient Incomplete
Applying the four questions to the article  6  A clear identification and description of each of the questions relevance to the research article  Some gaps identified in the application of the four questions  Poor ability to critically apply the four questions to the article
Reflection on challenges  4  Journal post demonstrates an ability to reflect on the student’s own learning processes: several relevant challenges identified and described well.  The journal post demonstrates the ability to reflect on learning, but gaps in the depth of reflection  Poor ability to reflect on learning processes
Total  10

 

 

Presentation

Narrative format, using sentences and paragraphs. A summary table may also be used.

Assessment item 2
Qualitative – Research Plan
Value: 40%
Due date: 16-Apr-2018
Return date: 08-May-2018
Length: 2500 words
Submission method options
Alternative submission method
Task

Using a business problem that is of concern in your workplace or in an organisation that you are familiar with, perform the following tasks:
1. Briefly provide some background information to the organisation.
2. Identify a general business problem or opportunity where a research study could assist decision making.
3. As part of the preliminary information gathering process conduct a brief literature review on the problem area. In writing your review, note that with a literature review the researcher critically analyses what has been written and relates it to the specific problem he or she is addressing. In other words, literature reviews are not about passively accepting and communicating the views of other writers. Employ at least five reference articles in your review.
4. Define the specific research question(s) for the general problem.
5. Identify a qualitative research method (in-depth interviews, focus groups, etc) that could be used to address the identified problem. Justify with reasons, your choice of method.
6. Using the qualitative method discussed in the previous task, develop a qualitative research plan detailing how you would conduct the research that addresses the research question(s).

The research plan should address, at least, the following:

  • What type of issues/questions should be explored? If using focus group, prepare the moderator’s guide; if using in-depth interviews, prepare the interview guide.
  • How many groups, interviews or case studies would you recommend?
  • How will you select the sample of research participants?
  • Location – i.e. where should the interviews /groups be conducted?
  • How would you propose the data be analysed?
  • What are the ethical implications of your research, and how will they be addressed?
Rationale

This assignment is designed to address how the researcher would plan a qualitative research methodology to investigate a business problem. The capacity to know how to identify, collect preliminary information on and develop a research plan for a business problem is critical for business success. This task will help you develop the following learning outcomes: identify a business reserach opportunity; synthesise literature; apply appropriate methods; plan and design a research project; justify the use of qualitative research techniques and discuss ethical issues in business research.

Marking criteria

 

Marking criterion
Weighting
Exemplary
Proficient
Incomplete
Mark
Background, organisation information and broad business problem
5
Detailed information provided in a succinct form on the organisational context. The business problem is well linked to the organisational context, with a detailed outline of the dimensions of the problem and its significance for the goals of the organisation
Detailed information is provided in a succinct form on the organisational context.The business problem and its significance to organisational goals is explained. Some gaps in the scope and depth of description.
Poor background on the organisational context is provided, and/or the business problem is poorly specified
Literature review on business problem and specific research questions
10
The literature review is comprehensive, relevant and demonstrates the ability to synthesise information and to critically reflect on existing research. The research questions are clearly connected to the business problem and to the synthesis of the literature
A thorough attempt is made to synthesise existing research relating to the business problem, to critically reflect on this research, and to frame the research questions based on the business problem and existing research. Gaps in the depth and scope of the literature review
Limited evidence of reading and/or poor synthesis of information and/or critical reflection on reading. The research questions identified are poorly linked to the business problem and/or to existing research
Description  and justification for the choice of qualitative research method and qualitative research plan
15
Demonstrates ability to recognise appropriate research methods and to select a research method/s that is suited to the research questions identified. The research plan is detailed and there are no gaps in the facility of the plan to investigate the research questions
Demonstrated ability to select an appropriate research method/s for the research questions identified. However, gaps are evident in the justification of the choice of research method/s and/or in the facility of the research plan to examine the research questions identified
Poor justification of the research method/s selected. The research plan will not enable satisfactory examination of the research questions identified.
Written expression and presentation
5
Quality of written expression and presentation conforms fully to academic standards relating to clarity of expression, syntax, grammar, and punctuation. No gaps in referencing technique using the APA 6 referencing system
Some gaps evident in the quality of written expression and presentation. Further work needed in report writing technique, including correct referencing
Poor ability in report writing, with several gaps in the quality of written expression and presentation. Several referencing errors
Creativity and originality of ideas
5
The report demonstrates a high level of original thinking and creativity in the formulation of the conceptual framework for the study, the research questions, the methods used and the research plan
The report satisfactorily addresses the task and there is some evidence of original and creative thinking. However, for the most part, the report applies existing conceptual frames and associated methods
Little or no evidence of original and creative thinking
40
Presentation

A written report is required as part of the requirements of the assignment.

A natural format for a response is to use the tasks listed under assignment task as section headings (appropriately reduced and modified) for the written report.

The report should follow all the standard academic requirements for presentation including an appropriate list of cited references.

Requirements

You need to appropriately reference all the articles you employ in developing your report. Please use the APA style, information can be found at the CSU Referencing website at http://student.csu.edu.au/study/referencing-at-csu.

In preparing the assignment the following conditions must be followed.
1. No actual research involving the collection of primary data from human participants should be performed, i.e., interviews, observation, focus groups, surveys, ..etc.
2. Identities of the organisation and its employees should not be disclosed in the assignment. This means removing any information in the assignment which could potentially identify the organisation and its employees.
3. The assignment should not contain any private and/or commercial-in-confidence information which is not available publicly.

Submission to be done through CSU Interact2

Assessment item 3
Journal #2
Value: 10%
Due date: 30-Apr-2018
Return date: 21-May-2018
Length: 800 words (maximum)
Submission method options
Interact2 Journal
Task

This journal activity asks you to consider the identification and operationalization of variables in a quantitative study.

You are asked to create a journal to answer the following questions:
1. What are the dependent, independent, moderating, mediating (intervening) or control variables in this study? How are these variables defined?
2. What is the motivation for including these variables into the conceptual framework for the study?
3. How are these variables measured?
4. Are there other important variables that should be included in this study?

Answer these four questions for the following article:
Smith, A., Oczkowski, E. and Selby-Smith, C. (2011) To have and to hold: modelling the drivers of employee turnover and skill retention in Australian organisations. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 22(2), 395-416.
http://www.tandfonline.com.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/doi/abs/10.1080/09585192.2011.540162
Feedback on this assessment item will be provided by way of a reply to your journal posted by the lecturer. The mark for this journal activity will be available on Gradebook.

 

Rationale

This assessment activity invites you to apply your knowledge on key elements of quantitative research. The assessment will help you to assess your understanding of the major types of variables used in quantitative research. The task will help you understand techniques assoociated with quantitative research methodologies.

Marking criteria

 

Marking criterion
Weighting
Exemplary
Proficient
Incomplete
Identification and definition of variables
3
All variables identified and defined correctly. Student demonstrates the ability to distinguish between types of variables completely.
Some gaps in the identification and definition  of variables. More work needed in understanding the different variables.
Poor identification and definition of variables. Considerable work needed to strengthen understanding of variables and their application in research studies
Ability to motivate the variables for the conceptual framework
3
Correct motivation and mapping of all variables into the conceptual framework for the study. No gaps.
Variables are motivated and mapped correctly into the conceptual framework for the study, but some gaps in recognising the relationship between a conceptual framework and dependent and independent variables that unpack the framework
Poor understanding of how a conceptual framework lays the foundation for the identification of variables to be examined in research studies
Measurement of variables 2 Clear descriptions of how all variables are measured for the study. Some gaps in the outline of how variables are measured by the study. Poor outline of how the variables for the study are measured.
Critical analysis of variables
2
Demonstrates strong ability to critically reflect on a conceptual framework and identify gaps in the application of variables to explore the framework
Demonstrates ability to critically reflect on the relationship between a conceptual framework and identification of variables to explore; but gaps in the quality of critical analysis of the conceptual framework in this study
Poor ability to critically reflect on the variables required to unpack a conceptual framework
Total
10
Presentation

Narrative style, including sentences and paragraphs. A summary table may also be used.

Assessment item 4
Quantitative – Research Plan
Value: 40%
Due date: 28-May-2018
Return date: 20-Jun-2018
Length: 2500 words
Submission method options
Alternative submission method
Task

Identify a business problem and the associated dependent variable which is of interest and perform the following tasks.

1. Briefly describe the context and/or organisational background for the business problem.
2. Conduct a brief literature review which employs at least five articles which does the following:
(a) Identifies how to most appropriately measure the dependent variable of interest, document and comment on its validity and reliability properties.
(b) Identify at least two other variables (independent, mediating or moderating) which are hypothesized to influence or explain the dependent variable of interest, document and comment on their validity and reliability properties.
3. List the specific hypotheses relating the dependent variable to the other variables. Draw an accompanying diagram illustrating the conceptual model. Briefly outline the theory which underpins these hypotheses and the conceptual model.
4. Develop and justify an appropriate questionnaire which can be used to generate the data to test the proposed conceptual model. Explicitly consider other control and demographic variables which may impact on the employed framework.
5. Using the proposed quantitative method develop a research plan.

The research plan should address, at least, the following, choices must be justified:
• What is the population of interest and what sampling frame will be used? How will sampling be conducted? What is the target sample size?
• How will the data be collected, mail survey, on-line distribution, face-to-face? Motivate your choice.
• How do you propose to analyse the data?
• What are the ethical implications of your research, and how will they be addressed?

Rationale

This assignment is designed to address how the researcher would plan a quantitative research methodology to investigate a business problem. The capacity to know how to measure variables, specify and justify hypotheses, develop an questionnaire, identify a sampling design and choose an appropriate data collection mode is critical for conducting successful quantitative business research. This task will help you achieve the learning objectives with regard to: identify a business opportunity for research; synthesise literature; apply appropriate methods; plan and design a research project; identify and justify appropriate quantitative research methodologies; and discuss ethical issues for business research.

Marking criteria

 

Marking criterion
Weighting
Exemplary
Proficient
Incomplete
Backgound outline and identification of key variables and description of measurement properties
5
Demonstrates clear understanding of the differences between dependent and other variables; the identification, description and measurement of variables is sophisticated and parsimonious, with no gaps in logic or depth of coverage. Clear background outline.
All variables are correctly identified, specified and measured. Some gaps in accuracy and/or logic or parsimony.  Some lack of clarity for background outline.
Variables are unclear, poorly specified and there are several weaknesses in measurement. Poor outline of background.
Hypotheses, conceptual framework and justification
5
A clear, comprehensive conceptual framework is developed, with detailed justification provided. Hypotheses flow logically from the framework, with no gaps in the relationship between the conceptual framework and the hypotheses
A clear conceptual framework is developed, but there are gaps in the justification of this framework and/or in the specification of hypotheses that explore the conceptual framework
Poor articulation of a conceptual framework for the study; limited or weak justification of the framework. Hypotheses are loosely or poorly connected to the conceptual framework
Questionnaire with justification
10
The questionnaire demonstrates a strong understanding of the techniques and principles of design, and these are fully explored in the justification provided
Some gaps in the design of the questionnaire and/or in the justification provided
Poorly designed questionnaire, with significant gaps in the justification provided for the design
Description of sampling design, mode of data collection and research plan
10
Sampling design, data collection and the research plan demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of principles and techniques, with no gaps in logic or coverage of methodological issues
Some gaps evident in sampling design and/or data collection and/or research planning. The study can be delivered satisfactorily, but there are likely to be limitations in the efficacy of the results obtained
Poor description of sampling design and/or data collection mode/s. The research plan demonstrates several weaknesses in the ability to complete the research study satisfactorily
Written expression and presentation
5
Quality of written expression and presentation conforms fully to academic standards relating to clarity of expression, syntax, grammar and punctuation. No gaps in referencing technique using the APA 6 referencing system
Some gaps evident in the quality of written expression and presentation. Further work needed in report writing technique, including correct referencing
Poor ability in report writing, with several gaps in the quality of written expression and presentation
Creativity and originality of ideas
5
The report demonstrates a high level of original thinking and creativity in the formulation of the conceptual framework for the study, the research questions, and the methods used and the research plan
The report satisfactorily addresses the task and there is some evidence of original and creative thinking. However, for the most part, the report applies existing conceptual frames and associated methods
Little or no evidence of original and creative thinking
Presentation

A written report is required as part of the requirements of the assignment. A natural format for a response is to use the four tasks (listed under assignment task) as section headings (appropriately reduced and modified) for the written report.

The report should follow all the standard academic requirements for presentation including an appropriate list of cited references.

Requirements

You need to appropriately reference all the articles you employ in developing your report. Please use the APA style, information can be found at the CSU Referencing website at http://student.csu.edu.au/study/referencing-at-csu.

In preparing the assignment the following conditions must be followed.
1. No actual research involving the collection of primary data from human participants should be performed, i.e., interviews, observation, focus groups, surveys, ..etc.
2. Identities of the organisation and its employees should not be disclosed in the assignment. This means removing any information in the assignment which could potentially identify the organisation and its employees.
3. The assignment should not contain any private and/or commercial-in-confidence information which is not available publicly.

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