AGRIBUS 7062A - Research Project Part 2 - Theoretical Frameworks and Research Design

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2018

The purpose of the Research Project is to enable students to analyse real-world agribusiness problems or opportunities. The assessment of the Research Project will have oral and written components taking into account the students' workload and participation at workshops organised by the Centre for Global Food and Resources. Students have the opportunity to choose between two types of research projects. The first research project option ('Option A') involves investigating a current food industry or agribusiness issue through primary data collection (e.g. conducting a survey) or through analysis of secondary data. This option may require the use of decision-support systems and/or statistical software. Most students conducting Research Projects will belong to this research category. Be aware that some primary data collection will require ethics approval which can be a lengthy exercise and needs to be lodged as soon as possible. The second option ('Option B') involves conducting a case study or analysis of a proposed business venture or problem. Students apply and utilise the appropriate conceptual and theoretical models and skills to address the relevant issue or opportunity the business is facing. Given the diversity of the project types, subject to the supervisor's approval students can present the project report in the form of a traditional academic paper or a formal business report. Whilst the structure of the Research Project Report can be different between projects, students are expected to follow the guidelines and discuss with their supervisors if a modification of the Report structure is needed.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code AGRIBUS 7062A
    Course Research Project Part 2 - Theoretical Frameworks and Research Design
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Global Food and Resources
    Term Trimester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Successful completion or enrolment in AGRIBUS 7061
    Course Description The purpose of the Research Project is to enable students to analyse real-world agribusiness problems or opportunities. The assessment of the Research Project will have oral and written components taking into account the students' workload and participation at workshops organised by the Centre for Global Food and Resources. Students have the opportunity to choose between two types of research projects. The first research project option ('Option A') involves investigating a current food industry or agribusiness issue through primary data collection (e.g. conducting a survey) or through analysis of secondary data. This option may require the use of decision-support systems and/or statistical software. Most students conducting Research Projects will belong to this research category. Be aware that some primary data collection will require ethics approval which can be a lengthy exercise and needs to be lodged as soon as possible. The second option ('Option B') involves conducting a case study or analysis of a proposed business venture or problem. Students apply and utilise the appropriate conceptual and theoretical models and skills to address the relevant issue or opportunity the business is facing. Given the diversity of the project types, subject to the supervisor's approval students can present the project report in the form of a traditional academic paper or a formal business report. Whilst the structure of the Research Project Report can be different between projects, students are expected to follow the guidelines and discuss with their supervisors if a modification of the Report structure is needed.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Adam Loch

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The emphasis of this course is on application. On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Identify literature relevant to the subject of investigation.
    2. Source, interpret, evaluate and analyse primary and/or secondary data.
    3. Draw and justify conclusions from this analysis.
    4. Present research findings and conclusions in an academically-appropriate manner.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2, 3, 4
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no required resources or readings to complete ahead of this course.
    Recommended Resources
    Not applicable – this will be discussed further in the workshops. See MyUni Research Project guidelines document.
    Online Learning
    Some of the content for this course may be offered online.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will involve regular workshops on a range of topics relevant to the progress of the research project including research design, writing, presentations and final report editing components of the course. Students will also be assigned supervisors to help guide them through their research project.

    TLA1: Lecture / workshop
    • Aligns to CLO 1, 2 and 3

    TLA2: Student Presentations
    • Aligns to CLO 1, 2, 3 and 4
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    Students are expected to attend all workshops and approximately 360 non-contact hours to study the full 9 unit course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    See MyUni Research Project guidelines document for the full schedule of workshops and course timelines.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Not applicable.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Not applicable.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The supervisor and an examiner (assigned confidentially by the Program Coordinator) will assess the Research Project.
    Assessment Task Task Type Length Weighting Learning Outcome
    Written Report Individual 8000 words 70% 1,2,3,4
    Student presentation Individual 10 minutes 25% 1,2,3,4
    Participation Individual Ongoing 5% 1
    Total 100%
    For specific due dates and assessment detail please see MyUni.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Not applicable.
    Assessment Detail
    The following criteria will apply to all students commencing and completing the project in this semester including students who started their projects (part-time) in the previous Semester.

    An assessment framework for Research Project of Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business has been developed in accordance with the Research Skill Development (RSD) Framework developed at the University of Adelaide (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/framework/ ). In general, students must perform at the minimum as a Level 4 Student.

    Assessment criteria and performance sheet:
    Assessment criteria Very good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
    (i) Written report
    Clarity and
    succinctness of writing and logical structure
    of Research Project Report
    In addition, to the criteria in Satisfactory, use appropriate language and genre to extend the knowledge of a range of audiences. Use concise, fluent, well-constructed and carefully proof-read language suitable for academic work. Tables
    and Figures are properly designed. Follow required format and
    submission guidelines.
    Language is not well-developed or suitable for an academic paper due to grammatical errors, incoherence, etc. Tables
    and Figures do not provide additional information to the main text.
    Critical assessment of
    the existing literature
    Collect and record self-determined information/data from self-selected resources, and critically review the
    collected information to independently identify knowledge gaps.
    Collect and record self-determined information/data from self-selected resources, and summarise
    knowledge gaps stated by others.
    Collect and record required information/data from a prescribed source.
    Appropriateness of
    methodology used
    Choose and improve an appropriate methodology with self-structured
    guidelines.
    Choose an appropriate methodology based on structured guidelines. Choose one of several prescribed methodologies.
    Level of sophistication
    displayed in the analysis
    Evaluate information/data rigorously
    using self-generated criteria based on experience, expertise and literature.
    Reflect insightfully to renew others’ processes.
    Evaluate information/data rigorously using self-determined criteria developed within structured guidelines. Reflect insightfully to refine others' processes. Evaluate information/data using criteria related to the aims of the research project. Replicate others' processes.
    (ii) Student presentation
    Student presentation In addition to the criteria in Satisfactory,
    be able to respond to questions in an
    effective manner to demonstrate his/her post-research improved set of skills and engage audience to generate new ideas.
    Summarise the main content of
    his/her Research Project Report in concise and fluent language suitable for academic presentations within a specified time and provide relevant answers to questions being put
    forward.
    Summarise the main content of his/her Research Project Report in ways unsuitable for academic presentations and fail to provide relevant answers to questions being put forward.
    (iii) Workload
    Seminar participation
    and research
    management skills
    In addition to the criteria in Satisfactory, demonstrate an enthusiastic attitude, potential capability and leadership
    capacities to manage a relatively
    complex project.
    Actively participate at workshops organised by GFAR
    and actively seeking guidance and feedback; demonstrate an ability to effectively manage a small research project; effectively take on personal responsibility.
    Little attempt to actively participate at workshops organised by GFAR, taking no initiative
    in managing an independent research project, showing minimum leadership skills including taking on personal responsibility.
    Submission
    Two copies of the Research Project Report must be submitted to the Program Coordinator by the submission date by 12 noon. Any report submitted after the deadline will be considered late. The penalty will be 4 marks out of 100 for every working day which elapses after the submission date.

    Students should note that supervisors will be asked to make a report to the examiners including whether s/he has read the final draft and drawing attention to any matters s/he considers relevant to the assessment of the report. Therefore, students are highly recommended to complete their final draft at the latest a week before the closing date to provide time for their supervisors to read the final draft.

    Students must also submit a softcopy of the report (in a Word document) to TURNITIN by 12 noon on the submission date. Access to TURNITIN will be made available two weeks prior to the submission date to allow students to check the originality of their work before making a final submission. The details will be provided on MyUni.

    Oral presentations will give opportunities for students to receive feedback on their draft report. Each student is expected to give a 10 minute presentation on his or her Research Project. All Global Food and Agricultural Business Masters students and GFAR staff, including examiners, are expected to attend. The students will then be asked to respond to questions put forward by the examiners and audiences. The Program Coordinator and supervisors will make an alternative arrangement for a student unable to attend the workshop due to an acceptable reason (for example visa restrictions and illness).

    The Director of the Centre for Global Food and Resources will present a "Research Project Award" to a student receiving the highest mark for the Research Project. The awardee will receive a certificate and a supporting letter from the Director.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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