Business Research Methods Semester 1, 2016
Associate Professor Greg Fisher
Room 3.52 Law and Commerce Building Email: Greg.Fisher@Flinders.edu.au
Ph: 08 8201 3118
This topic guide should be read in conjunction with the Flinders Business School Website and the Flinders University Website.
1. TEACHING STAFF
Position Name Room Phone Email
Tutor Greg Fisher L&C 3.52 08 82013118 email@example.com
2. TOPIC AIMS
The primary objective of this topic is to introduce the stages of the research process, during weekly seminars. Seminar topics include: writing a literature review, selecting an appropriate methodology, qualitative and quantitative methods, writing a good proposal, writing the thesis .A significant component of the assessment in the topic will be the preparation and presentation (oral and written) of a research proposal.
The primary objective of this topic is to provide the student with the methodological knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to develop, execute and report in a scholarly fashion a significant piece of academic research with international outlook in the field of business.
A significant component of the assessment in the topic will be the preparation and oral and written presentation of a research proposal
3. LEARNING OUTCOMES AND GRADUATE QUALITIES
This topic aims to provide the student with the methodological knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to conceive, execute and report in a scholarly fashion a significant piece of academic research with international outlook in the field of business.
The primary objective of this topic is to provide the student with the methodological knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to conceive, execute and report in a scholarly fashion a significant piece of academic research with international outlook in the field of business. The student will be introduced to all stages of the research process during weekly seminars. The use of multiple presenters in the topic gives the student an opportunity to identify potential advisers for a range of research matters
Expected Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this topic students will be able to:
1. Discuss the nature of business research, its challenges and its opportunities
2. Identify and describe the wide range of research methods employed in business research including quantitative and qualitative methods, exploratory and confirmatory methods, pure and applied methods
3. Explain the role of theory in scientific business research whether it be theory testing or theory development
4. Develop, execute and report, in a scholarly fashion, a significant piece of academic research with an international outlook in the field of business
On successful conclusion of this topic students will have:
1. a broad understanding of the nature of business research, its challenges and its opportunities
2. a broad understanding of the wide range of research methods employed in business research including quantitative and qualitative methods, exploratory and confirmatory methods, pure and applied methods
3. a sound appreciation of the role of theory in scientific business research whether it be theory testing or theory development
4. preparedness for developing, executing and reporting in a scholarly fashion a significant piece of academic research with an international outlook in the field of business
Bachelor degree programs at Flinders aim to develop, along with more program-specific professional competencies, the core qualities listed here. These expected graduate qualities shape the more detailed educational aims and learning outcomes which are specified for each course and topic. Flinders University’s Bachelor degree programs aim to produce graduates:
• who are knowledgeable
• who can apply their knowledge
• who communicate effectively
• who can work independently
• who are collaborative
• who value ethical behaviour
• who connect across boundaries.
In this topic the graduate qualities are addressed during lectures and/or practised during tutorials and/or assessed.
Flinders aims to produce graduates Presented Practised Assessed
- who are knowledgeable ? ?
- who can apply their knowledge ? ?
- who communicate effectively ? ? ?
- who can work independently ? ?
- who are collaborative ? ? ?
- who value ethical behaviour ? ?
- who connect across boundaries ? ?
4 REQUIRED and RECOMMENDED RESOURCES
There is no required text for this topic. Recommended resources include
• Creswell J.W. 2014 Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches 4th Edition. Sage
• Zikmund, W.G. Banin, B.J., Carr, J.C., and Griffin, M. 2014 Business Research Methods (with Qualtrics Printed Access Card) 9th Edition.
• Saunders M, Lewis P., and Thornhill A. 2013. Research Methods for Business Students 6th Edition
• Cooper D.R and Schindler P.S. Business Research Methods 12th Edition 2014 McGraw Hill
• Ghauri, P.N., & Grønhaug, K. 2010. Research Methods in Business Studies (4th Edition), London: FT Pearson
5 LECTURES, ONLINE EXERCISES, TUTORIALS AND DISCUSSION BOARD
Face-to-face contact time for this topic consists of one 2-hour seminar. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the Flinders Business School Research Seminar Series..
Week Start Date Seminar Content
7 April 25 –
May29 • Data collection methods 1
8 May 2– May 6 • Data analysis methods 2
9 May 9 – May 13 • Data Analysis methods 1
10 May 16 – May 20 • Data analysis methods 2
11 May 23 – May 27 • Proposal presentations
12 May30 – June 3 • Emerging issues in business research
13 June 6 – June 10 Study week- no lectures or tutorials Proposal Due
14 June 15 - June 19 Study week - no lectures or tutorials
June 18 – July 2 Exam Block - Includes Saturday June 18- July 2
Students are expected to attend weekly seminars . Students who anticipate that they will be unable to meet the attendance requirement and who can provide documentary evidence of their inability to do so, should discuss their situation with the Topic Coordinator before the end of the second week of the semester (Friday 13 March).
Arrangements in relation to this matter will not be negotiated after this date. By not attending tutorials students not only compromise their marks for the in-class assessments and thus their topic grade, but also miss out on the learning obtained from participating in the tutorials. Attendance and participation in tutorials will be assessed (see SAM).
Preparation for each week’s tutorial activities is required. This consists of accessing and understanding the tutorial exercises (posted on FLO), the lecture content and the relevant textbook chapter and/or readings etc. Actual participation in and completion of activities (which includes discussion and working in groups) will take place during the tutorials.
In order to pass BUSN3050 students must:
• Attempt all assessment items (including participation in the tutorials )
• Achieve an overall aggregate mark of 50%.
Assessment Item Due date % of
1 My research is about: a single powerpoint describing your proposed research. Wednesday 9 March 2016 0
2 Extended Abstract (1200 words. 15 Minute in class presentation)
Wednesday 13 April 2015 20
3 Research proposal presentation in class
Wednesday May 18 2016 30
4 Written Research proposal Wednesday June 10
Detailed guides for each assessment item consistent with the information will be made available on the BUSN7020/BUSN9245 FLO site and be discussed further during seminar.
You should note the following requirements relating to the assignments in this topic:
• All written assignments should be submitted electronically through the FLO drop box.
• You must keep a copy of the final version of all assignments you submit.
• It is strongly recommended that, prior to submitting a written assignment, students use the textmatching software Turnitin (see below).
• Late submissions will be penalised (see below).
• Assignment extensions (see below) are only granted under exceptional circumstances.
• Students who anticipate that they will be unable to meet the in-class assessment requirements and who can provide relevant documentary evidence of their inability to do so, should discuss their situation with the Topic Coordinator before the end of the second week of the semester (i.e. by Friday 14 March). Arrangements in relation to this matter will not be negotiated after this date.
• Failure to submit any or all of the assignments for this topic is deemed to constitute failure to meet the assessment requirements for the purposes of eligibility for supplementary assessment on academic grounds.
• Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are treated as serious offences by the University and are subject to harsh penalties, which may include expulsion from the University. Ensure that you have read and understood the University’s policy on academic dishonesty, as contained in the Student related Policies and Procedures Manual. A copy of the relevant section of the policy is included at the end of this Topic Guide for your convenience.
Turnitin – text matching software
Students are strongly encouraged to (learn to) use text matching software. It provides an individual check prior to formally submitting an assignment. Note that Staff will use Turnitin to check for text matching for all assignments formally submitted for assessment (i.e. not on earlier drafts submitted to Turnitin by yourself).
• Written assignments must be lodged electronically through the BUSN3050 FLO assignment dropbox. The date and time of submission is logged electronically by FLO.
• By submitting the assignment through FLO you are deemed to acknowledge that the submission is original, that it is your own work and that it (or part of it) has not been submitted for assessment elsewhere.
Extensions for assignments may be granted on medical or compassionate grounds in exceptional circumstances. A student must contact the Topic Coordinator in writing prior to the submission deadline to seek such an extension. Documentary evidence supporting the request (e.g. a medical certificate covering a sufficient relevant period prior to the due date) will be required.
Late submission of assignments
Where no extension has been granted late submissions will attract penalties. Late submission is penalised by 20% of the allocated mark per day or part thereof overdue. Assignments submitted more than 72 hours after the deadline will not be marked.
• Students need to be aware that no BUSN topic supplementary exam can be sat overseas. It is students’ responsibility to ensure that they know the times, dates and venues of all supplementary exams. Students who book holidays, return to their home country, or cannot attend for other nonessential reasons when supplementary exams are scheduled will not be provided with an alternative supplementary exam date.
• Students who have been granted a supplementary examination but who are unable to sit the supplementary examination as a result of ongoing medical or compassionate circumstances certified by a professional practitioner may be offered alternative assessment (which may be an examination) by the topic co-ordinator, or a WN (Withdraw, Not Fail).
• The medical/compassionate supplementary exam must be concluded by the end of the midsemester break of semester 2 for 1st semester topics, and by the first day of semester 1 for 2nd semester topics. Where students have been unable to complete supplementary assessment by these dates, a grade of WN will be entered.
7 STUDENT WORKLOAD
Students in this topic are expected to attend all lectures throughout semester, to actively participate in one tutorial each week, to complete all the required reading, to study and access additional resources as required to ensure successful completion of assessment items.
Flinders University expects students to put in two hours of student effort per week for each unit point. This includes time spent in formal classes and individual study time during the specified teaching period (i.e. during the entire semester, including the mid-semester break). Hence, for a 4.5 unit Business topic approximately nine hours of student effort per week is expected.
8 SPECIAL NEEDS
A student with a disability, impairment, or medical condition who seeks reasonable adjustments in the teaching or assessment methods of a topic on the basis of his/her disability may make a request to the Topic Coordinator or the Disability Advisor as soon as practicable after enrolment in the topic. Any such reasonable adjustments must be agreed in writing between the student and the Topic Coordinator and must be in accordance with related University policy.
9 STUDENT CONSULTATION
You may consult with any of the members of the teaching team regarding topic subject matter at the times during their official consultation hours. Consultation times for members of the teaching team will be posted on the BUSN3050 FLO site. You can consult directly with your tutor during (or around) class time, during consultation time, by email or by prior appointment. If you come to see your tutor and they are not in their office, please leave a note at the School Office (Room 3.07 Law Commerce Building) with your name and contact details; your tutor will then contact you to discuss the matter or make an appointment.
Please note that at the end of semester staff are not allowed to discuss with you the content of your exam script, your exam mark or topic results until final grades have been officially released by the University.
10 SUPPORT WITH ACADEMIC, WRITING AND LANGUAGE SKILLS
You can ask questions of your tutor during tutorials and by email. However, it is important to learn how and where to find different types of support. Hence, make sure you learn about and start to use the following:
There is face-to-face help available around campus as follows:
o Student Learning Centre - http://www.flinders.edu.au/current-students/slc/ o Library o Flinders Business School - www.flinders.edu.au/sabs/business/current_students/sts/ On-line support.
There on-line resources available from the library and, particularly, from the Student Learning Centre. Of course there are also many electronic resources outside Flinders.
Hard copy support.
There are many books that offer study support. The text Communication Skills Handbook by Summers and Smith (2010) includes chapters on many useful skills. In addition, the Library and the Student Learning Centre have hand-outs on academic skills
11 BEING INFORMED
For the purposes of this topic you will be deemed to be aware of:
• The contents of this Topic Guide and the attached Statement of Assessment Methods (the ‘SAM’).
• Tutorial preparation material made available on FLO.
• Detailed assessment information made available on FLO.
• Announcements. Any important announcements will be posted on the BUSN3050 FLO site. It is therefore important that you check your FLO site on a regular basis.
12 BUSN3050 IHRM FLO (Flinders Learning Online) site
The BUSN3050 FLO site is accessible through the iFlinders Student Portal accessible from http://i.flinders.edu.au. Students are expected to login on a regular basis to check topic announcements, materials and discussions. Flinders Learning Online (FLO) provides support for students enrolled in this topic via access to materials and any hand-outs distributed in lectures or tutorials, as well as all topic information, staff details, assessment details and announcements. FLO tutorials are available in the library and any technical problems should be referred to library staff and not staff in the Flinders Business School. Students should be aware that the topic coordinator is able to access information about students’ use of the FLO site. For example, a record of which pages were visited, when, for how long and what has been downloaded are maintained for every student enrolled in the topic.
13 COMPUTER LAB ACCESS
Every Flinders student has their own individual account on the university’s computer network. Every student enrolled in a Business topic has access to the Business computer labs. You will need your Flinders Authentication Name (FAN) which was sent to you when you first enrolled at Flinders. The FAN consists of the first four letters of your surname followed by four digits and is used for lab access, your central email account and FLO access. If you experience any difficulties with computer network access contact the Computer Support Helpdesk (telephone access is available in the computer labs).
14 ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
All students and staff have an obligation to understand and respect the rules and practice of academic integrity. It is therefore expected that students and staff will adhere to high standards of academic integrity. The policy can be found in the Student Related Policies and Procedures Manual or on the University Web site: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ppmanual/student/SecC_b.htm Academic integrity means that all work which is presented is produced by the student alone, with all sources and collaboration fully acknowledged. Any failure to meet the requirements of academic integrity in any form of academic work will be regarded as a breach of the requirements of academic integrity and, depending on the circumstances and the nature of the breach, consequences including penalties may be expected to follow. Breaches of academic integrity may include plagiarism, collusion, fabrication, falsification, double submission of work and misconduct in examinations.
Plagiarism is the use of another person`s words or ideas as if they were one`s own. It may occur as a result of lack of understanding and/or inexperience about the correct way to acknowledge and reference sources. It may result from poor academic practice, which may include poor note taking, careless downloading of material or failure to take sufficient care in meeting the required standards. It may also occur as a deliberate misuse of the work of others with the intent to deceive. It may include, but is not restricted to:
• presenting extracts, without quotation marks and/or without appropriate referencing, from books, articles, theses, other published or unpublished works, films, music, choreography, working papers, seminar or conference papers, internal reports, computer software codes, lecture notes or tapes, numerical calculations, data or work from another student. In such cases, it is not adequate merely to acknowledge the source. This applies to material accessed in hard copy, electronically or in any other medium;
• close paraphrasing of sentences or whole paragraphs with or without acknowledgement by referencing of the original work;
• adopting ideas or structures from a source without acknowledgment;
• using source codes and data from other`s work without acknowledgement;
• arranging for someone else to undertake all or part of a piece of work and presenting that work as one`s own;
• submitting another student`s work whether or not it has been previously submitted by that student.
Collusion occurs when a student submits work as if it has been done individually when it has been done jointly with one or more other person unless the topic coordinator has indicated that this is acceptable for the specific piece of work in question.
Other breaches of the requirements of academic integrity
Other breaches of the requirements of academic integrity may include:
• submission of the same piece of work for more than one topic unless the topic coordinator(s) have indicated that this procedure is acceptable for the specific piece of work in question;
• providing another student with the means of copying an essay or assignment.
15 ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE
It is assumed that students will have completed an undergraduate topic in Human Resource Management or the equivalent prior to commencing the topic. Students should be familiar with the main activities of human resource management i.e. recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management, reward and remuneration.
16. WITHDRAWAL DEADLINES
in deadlines apply to students regarding enrolment and withdrawal. Details of withdrawal deadlines for the current semester may be viewed at: www.flinders.edu.au/studentinfo/important_dates.htm
17. ASK FLINDERS
Topic specific enquiries: Contact your tutor or topic coordinator
All other queries regarding your studies: firstname.lastname@example.org
Need a quick answer to a general question? Make sure you check out the FAQ section on the
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STATEMENT OF ASSESSMENT METHODS - 2016
Students` attention is drawn to the Student Related Policies and Procedures (available at: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ppmanual/student/student_home.cfm), and in particular the University’s Assessment Policy and Procedures.
Topic number and title: BUSN7020-BUSN9245 Business Research Methods International Human Resource Management
Date on which this statement was provided to students: 2 March 2016
Duration of topic: Semester One
School(s) responsible for topic: Flinders Business School
Topic Coordinator: Associate Professor Greg Fisher
Telephone number of Topic Coordinator: 8201 3118
Expected student workload* (http://www.flinders.edu.au/ppmanual/student/SecC_expected.html ): number of hours per week or in total (specify).
* Indicative only of the estimated minimum time commitment necessary to achieve an average grade in the topic. Expected student workload should be based on the standard student workload of approximately 30 hours of student time commitment per unit.
Details of assessable work in the topic. (Optional forms of assessment, where permitted, are also detailed):
Format of each form of assessable work Proportion of total
Deadline for submission* Penalties to be applied if deadline is not met Date work is expected to be returned to students
My research is about: a single powerpoint describing your proposed research. 0% Wednesday
2016 Students who do not participate in tutorials will receive zero marks for this component.
Extended Abstract (1200 words. 15 Minute in class presentation)
2015 A penalty of 20% of the allocated mark per day or part thereof overdue, up to 72 hours after the deadline.
Assignments submitted more than 72 hours after the deadline will not be marked.
2 weeks after
presentation in class
2016 A penalty of 20% of the allocated mark per day or part thereof overdue, up to 72 hours after the deadline.
Assignments submitted more than 72 hours after the deadline will not be marked.
Written Research proposal 50% Wednesday
* Extensions may be granted by a topic coordinator where the following criteria apply:
• the student has made a written request for an extension prior to the due date for the assessment item;
• the student has justified the request on the basis of unforeseen individual circumstances that are reasonably likely to prevent completion of the assessment by the specified due date.
The criteria for successful completion of the topic (including, where appropriate, the achievement of a certain minimum level of competence in both the theoretical and practical components of the topic and details of special requirements concerning particular elements or aspects of the topic such as attendance/participation requirements, group activity) are as follows: Students must achieve a mark of at least 50% overall.
STATEMENT OF ASSESSMENT METHODS – 2015
Alignment of Assessment with Expected Topic Learning Outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to: Assessment items
relating to each
1. Discuss the nature of business research, its challenges
and its opportunities/1. a broad understanding of the nature of business research, its challenges and its opportunities
1, 2, 3, & 4
2. Identify and describe the wide range of research methods employed in business research including quantitative and qualitative methods, exploratory and confirmatory methods, pure
and applied methods/2. a broad understanding of the wide range of research methods employed in business research including quantitative and qualitative methods, exploratory and confirmatory methods, pure and applied methods 1 2, 3,& 4
3. Explain the role of theory in scientific business research whether it be theory testing or theory development/3. a sound
appreciation of the role of theory in scientific business research whether it be theory testing or theory development
1, 2, 3, & 4
4. Develop, execute and report, in a scholarly fashion, a
significant piece of academic research with an international outlook in the field of business? preparedness for developing, executing and reporting in a scholarly fashion a significant piece 1,2,3 7$
Detection of Breaches of Academic Integrity
Staff may use a range of methods (including electronic means) to assist in the detection of breaches of academic integrity. In addition, the University makes available for staff and student use the electronic text matching software application – Turnitin.
Will the electronic text matching software application Turnitin be used? Yes
If Yes, students will receive a written statement describing how the software will be used and be advised about the Flinders Learning Online Academic Integrity site.
Will scaling procedures be used in determining marks for each piece of work or for determining the final topic grade? No
Details of scaling procedures:
May assessment exercises be resubmitted after revision for re-marking? No
Students who believe that their ability to satisfy the assessment requirements for this topic has been or will be affected by medical, compassionate or other special circumstances and who want these circumstances to be taken into consideration in determining the mark for an assessment exercise may apply to the Topic Coordinator of the topic for special consideration. The preferred method of application is: by email
Supplementary assessment for this topic may be approved on the following grounds:
• Medical/Compassionate – a student who is unable to sit or remain for the duration of the original examination due to medical or compassionate reasons may apply for supplementary assessment. If illness or special circumstance prevents the student from sitting or remaining for the duration of the scheduled supplementary examination, or from submitting by the agreed deadline a supplementary assessment exercise, the student will be either: awarded a result in the topic of Withdraw, Not Fail (WN); or be offered the opportunity to demonstrate competence through an alternative mechanism. If illness or special circumstance is demonstrated to persist up to the commencement of the next academic year, then the student will be awarded a result in the topic of WN.
• Academic – a student will be granted supplementary assessment if he/she: achieves an overall result in the topic of between 45 and 49%, (or between 40 and 49% where a student obtains a fail grade in the last 12 units required for completion of a course) or the equivalent where percentage marks are not awarded; has completed all required work for the topic; has met all attendance requirements; and obtains at least a pass level grade in any specific component of assessment (other than an examination) for the topic where this is explicitly stated to be a formal requirement for the successful completion of the course or topic. If illness or special circumstance prevents the student from sitting or remaining for the duration of the scheduled supplementary assessment, the student will be either: awarded a result in the topic of Withdraw, Not Fail (WN); or be offered the opportunity to demonstrate competence through an alternative mechanism. If illness or special circumstance is demonstrated to persist up to the commencement of the next academic year, then the student will be awarded a result in the topic of WN.
A student with a disability, impairment, or medical condition who seeks reasonable adjustments in the teaching or assessment methods of a topic on the basis of his/her disability may make a request to the Topic Coordinator or the Disability Advisor as soon as practicable after enrolment in the topic. Any such reasonable adjustments must be agreed in writing between the student and the Topic Coordinator and must be in accordance with related University policy. A student who is dissatisfied with the response from the Topic Coordinator or with provisions made for reasonable adjustments to teaching or assessment methods may appeal in writing to the Faculty Board.
Signature of Topic Coordinator Date