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MQBS8010 – Research Frontiers in Business and Economics

2022 – Session 1, Online-scheduled-weekday

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Vito Mollica
Unit Convenor
Grant Richardson
Unit Convenor
Hanlin Shang
Unit Convenor
Natalia Ponomareva
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Permission by special approval
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
MQBS7010
Unit description Unit description

Theories and other frameworks in business, management and economics help organise knowledge objectivity by framing how and why individuals, organisations, and other entities behave the way they do. Understanding how and why behaviours occur is important for researchers because it provides them with explanations underpinning human behaviours. The focus of this unit is on developing your knowledge about seminal and contemporary research from a theoretical perspective. You will explore theory and research relevant to your discipline and their various interpretations to develop an appreciation of the scope of theory and research. In particular, you will develop knowledge, critical analysis, and creative thinking to examine and explain theory and research to solve research problems. You will also learn how to critically evaluate, synthesise, explain theory and concepts, and communicate your ideas to extend available theories in your discipline area.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Survey, critically analyse and evaluate research and theory used in seminal and contemporary research (in your discipline area).
  • ULO2: Identify, synthesise and apply theory and research to develop ideas and propose ideas for potential new research opportunities (in your discipline area).
  • ULO3: Communicate theory and research specific to the academic standards and conventions (in your discipline) to an audience.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
In-class activities 20% No Weeks 1-13
Research and theory report 40% No Weeks 1-12
Critical analysis of research 40% No Week 13

In-class activities

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Weeks 1-13
Weighting: 20%

 

During seminars, particular topics and specific papers will be explored, critically analysed and evaluated. Themes and topics for each week will be made available as a reference point for generating additional readings. All students are expected to participate and contribute by preparing for seminars, engaging in discussions with other students and completing any assigned work.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Survey, critically analyse and evaluate research and theory used in seminal and contemporary research (in your discipline area).
  • Identify, synthesise and apply theory and research to develop ideas and propose ideas for potential new research opportunities (in your discipline area).
  • Communicate theory and research specific to the academic standards and conventions (in your discipline) to an audience.

Research and theory report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Weeks 1-12
Weighting: 40%

 

The research and theory report allows students to undertake an examination of a specific theory or research paper/topic. Through this process you will become familiar with the theory and research applying that specific theory as you undertake an analysis and evaluation of the research (theory/paper and published work using the theory). The report will assess your ability to analyse the topic and relevant research papers, identify limitations and formulate suggestions about further research opportunities, marshal your thoughts and ideas and communicate them via the Department's chosen submission approach (e.g. weekly/fortnightly review reports on the seminar papers that are being presented in the Department seminar series and presentations on the content of selected ground-breaking high-impact articles, or 2500 words for written report and 30 minutes for the presentation). You will be assessed on the identification and evaluation of relevant theory and concepts, and research on the selected/nominated topic; the depth of your research and critical analysis, and the quality of your communication to your audience.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Survey, critically analyse and evaluate research and theory used in seminal and contemporary research (in your discipline area).
  • Identify, synthesise and apply theory and research to develop ideas and propose ideas for potential new research opportunities (in your discipline area).
  • Communicate theory and research specific to the academic standards and conventions (in your discipline) to an audience.

Critical analysis of research

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 40%

 

The critical analysis allows students to demonstrate their understanding of important theoretical and research domains and the current state of the literature on that specific topic/research domain in business, management and economics. You are required to focus on surveying, analysing and critically examining the literature related to specific theoretical and research area. Students are required to analyse, evaluate, and communicate the critical issues associated with the topic/research paper and draw an appropriate conclusion from their critical analysis. The analysis must be appropriately cited and referenced with academic sources.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Survey, critically analyse and evaluate research and theory used in seminal and contemporary research (in your discipline area).
  • Identify, synthesise and apply theory and research to develop ideas and propose ideas for potential new research opportunities (in your discipline area).
  • Communicate theory and research specific to the academic standards and conventions (in your discipline) to an audience.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

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