Business Research Proposal Topic Selection, Justification And Presentation

Assessment Information

Subject Code: BUS606

Subject Name: Business Research Proposal Topic Selection, Justification and Presentation

Assessment Title: Assessment 1 – Individual Presentation

Weighting: 15 %

Total Marks: Length:

15 Minimum of 10 slides (+- 10%)

Due Date: Submission due Week 6– Sunday at 11.59 pm

COURSE: Master of Business (Research)

Unit: Business Research Proposal and Literature Review

Unit Code: BUS606

Type of Assessment:

Assessment 1 – Individual Presentation

Unit Learning Outcomes addressed:

(a) Demonstrate an advanced ability to identify, assimilate, and review applications of, particular research techniques.

(b) Identify various means of data collection that are feasible and can be ethically enacted.

(c) Articulate and critically evaluate differences between alternative research methodologies.

(d) Explain how research outcomes may be affected by the nature and application of particular research techniques.

(e) Demonstrate an advanced ability to construct a robust methodology for addressing a research question.

(f) Explain how the use of selected methodologies is relevant to a specific research proposal.

Criteria for Assessment:

 Understanding of the proposed project  Evidence of analysis  Organisation and use of visual aids  Non-verbal & verbal communication skills

Assessment Task:

Students are to select their proposed research topic for the Master of Business Research thesis and make a presentation to the class for at least 10 minutes followed by question and answer. The presentation is required to use PowerPoint slides.

Submission Date: Week 6– Sunday at 11.59 pm (online submission) of the PowerPoint presentation slide deck.

Total Mark & Weighting:

15 marks | 15%

Students are advised that any submissions past the due date without an approved extension or approved extenuating circumstances incur a 5% penalty per calendar

day, calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 15 will incur a 1.75 mark penalty

per calendar day.

Assessment 1– Individual Presentation. Presentations will be made during the scheduled class time. Assessment Description Students are required to select a proposed research topic for their Master of Business Research thesis that is aligned to one of the seven Research Clusters in the School of Business as listed below. Students are required to make a presentation for 10 minutes to the class on their proposed research topic and answer questions from the class and the lecturer. Students must conduct extensive research on the topic and must cite relevant sources to support their research proposal. The MBR Research Clusters are:

 Cluster 1: Leadership and Management of Large Corporations  Cluster 2: Leadership and Management of Not-for Profit Organisations  Cluster 3: Leadership and Management of Start-ups, SMEs and Family Business  Cluster 4: Leadership and Management of Technological and Digital Transformation  Cluster 5: Leadership and Management of Sustainable Business Operations  Cluster 6: Leadership and Management of Government and Multilateral Organisations  Cluster 7: Leadership and Management of Tourism and Hospitality Organisations

The PPT presentation should address at a minimum the following points:

1. The proposed title of the research project (maximum 12 words) 2. The Research Cluster of the project 3. The research objective 4. The motivation for conducting the research 5. A justification of the importance and significance of the research project 6. An overview of the relevant literature and prior research concerning the proposed

research project 7. The proposed method for collecting data and other evidence when executing the

research project 8. Discussion of expected challenges and proposed solutions to these challenges when

conducting the research 9. The expected contribution to the field of knowledge from undertaking the research 10. Reference list comprising a minimum of 10 references

Presentation requirements:

• A PowerPoint presentation in class with a minimum of 10 slides

• The PowerPoint presentation must go for a minimum of 10 minutes. Please allow an additional 5 minutes for questions time if requested by your lecturer or other students in the class.

• Your PPT should be converted into PDF and uploaded via Turnitin on the Sunday of the Presentation week.

• Appropriate and accurate use of the APA referencing system for in-text citation as well as a reference list

You must use a minimum of 10 references. These must be authoritative and comprise of primarily academic references (e.g. journal article or textbook) or other authoritative sources such as government reports.

Criteria HD (High Distinction) 85%-100%

DN (Distinction) 75%-84%

CR (Credit) 74%-65%

P (Pass) 50%-64%

F (Fail) 0%-49%

Understanding of the project 3 marks

Builds a convincing argument showing how all key points are integrated together Uses examples to elaborate on the key points and theory

Builds a convincing argument showing how key issues, analysis, and recommendations are integrated together

Includes all issues, analysis and recommendations but with little elaboration Not integrated with theory or are not justified

Includes some issues but analysis glossed over Team seemed uncomfortable to go beyond key facts.

Key points left out No grasp of issues that faced the client. Over-reliance on notes

Evidence of analysis 5 marks

Able to use references to back up claims and recommendations made Recommendations clearly come from the analysis of the project.

Evidence of extensive research and analysis: journals, prescribed text, other books, verified websites, primary research Used references to justify analysis

Background research and analysis of this is clearly identifiable Steps used are shown and some rationale for the development of recommendations provided

Steps used in the analysis shown but little justification why or how these are used to develop recommendations

No references to any sources Suggestions/recommendations just seem to appear.

Organisation and Use of visual aids 5 marks

Ideas are clearly organised so audience can follow easily. The purpose of the presentation is clear in all stages and there is a seamless transition between speakers. Graphics and text are well integrated into the presentation. The text is appropriate for the content and room size. Visual presentation complements rather than dominates presentation

Main ideas are presented in a logical manner. Flow of presentation is smooth between speakers. Shows that the group has worked collaboratively Text clearly summarises the key points. Graphics and text do not distract attention from the speaker or content. Use of visual aids is consistent across the entire presentation.

Main ideas are presented in a logical manner. Flow of presentation may be awkward. Group members demonstrate that they have worked on the presentation as a whole. All group members take an equal share in presentation. Group uses graphics but often differs from a verbal presentation. Not summarised so presenters end up reading off-board. Differing styles with differing speakers.

Ideas are not focused. Audience may have difficulty following argument. Main points are difficult to identify. There is no transition between key points. There is an awkward transition between speakers. Presentation appears to be done by individuals rather than group. Group uses graphics but is not supported by text or presentation. Text is too dense – too much info on a slide. Differing styles with differing speakers

No structure to the presentation Audience cannot follow sequence No introduction or conclusion Apparent that group is not working well together Group members missing (without valid reason) or not contributing Presents content with no PowerPoint or overhead slides

Non-verbal & Verbal delivery 2 marks

Constantly looks at audience Shows enthusiasm for their work and how this will help the client All group members use a clear voice and correct, precise pronunciation of terms so that all audience members can hear Acts in a very professional manner

Generally, presenter looks at audience during presentation Shows expression consistent with presentation Uses gestures to point out or highlight presentation materials All voices are clear

Occasionally looks at audience during presentation Voice is generally clear Generally, speaks directly to the audience Some reading off the board Some group members difficult to understand because of rushed speech

Only focuses attention on one particular part of the audience, does not scan the audience Voice is low Constantly talks to the board, not the audience Some use of filler words Audience members have difficulty hearing

Does not attempt to look at the audience at all, reads notes the entire time Distracting gestures (fidgeting) while presenting or waiting to present Excessive use of filler words (e.g. um, er, ah, like) Use of offensive language Use of slang

Total marks