MANAGEMT 7131OL - Research for Managers

Online - Online Teaching 4 - 2021

This course introduces tools and knowledge to understand the importance of business research as a managerial decision-making tool that enterprises use to reduce uncertainty. It will cover differences between basic and applied research, the value of undertaking research, and the role that research plays in everyday practices such as strategy development. This course provides an overview of the research process, a framework, a structure, and the knowledge, skills and methodology to enable you to achieve success in a final research project for your MBA

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MANAGEMT 7131OL
    Course Research for Managers
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Online Teaching 4
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Course Description This course introduces tools and knowledge to understand the importance of business research as a managerial decision-making tool that enterprises use to reduce uncertainty. It will cover differences between basic and applied research, the value of undertaking research, and the role that research plays in everyday practices such as strategy development. This course provides an overview of the research process, a framework, a structure, and the knowledge, skills and methodology to enable you to achieve success in a final research project for your MBA
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Colin Sharp

    Dr Colin Sharp is a Manager/Director as well as a coach, and management consultant with over 30 years of experience including, for example:

    • Program Director (Work Preparation Centre, 1981 - 1983) and Research & Evaluation Manager in the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service in Victoria (he achieved the introduction of the first performance-based program budgeting system and established the first computerized client information management system for the Commonwealth Government 1983 – 1986);
    • Managing Director of one of the oldest Research & Evaluation consultancy businesses in Australasia (1986 - 2016);
    • President (1994 – 1995) of the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES), Foundation Committee Member, Foundation Chair of the Committee for Ethics and Standards in Evaluation, Editor of the Evaluation Journal of Australasia.
    • Principal Evaluation Advisor for the Australian Youth Foundation/Foundation for Young Australians (1993 - 2004).
    • Manager, Strategic Alliances in TAFE SA (managed instiutional relations between TAFESA and the Universities; established the first Customer Relations Management system for TAFESA Board, 2007).
    • first Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association.
    As a manager/director/consultant Dr Sharp developed the bases for his practical focus on management education, especially in quantitative & qualitative methods, strategy, organisational change management and governance.


    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon completion of this course/subject, students will be able to:
    1. Evaluate the application of basic and applied research in management practices and decision-making tools
    2. Analyse complex business research processes, & frameworks, to develop and deliver a high-level research plan for specialist and non-specialist audiences.
    3. Critique an industry project plan to generate and transmit solutions to a complex business problem.
    4. Develop a management research proposal for a specific organisation or industry.
    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, 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
    1, 3
    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
    1, 2, 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
    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
    1, 3
    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
    2, 3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Saunders, M.N.K., Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. 2019. Research Methods for Business Students. 9th Edn. Pearson Education Ltd: Harlow, U.K.
    Recommended Resources
    Rossi, P.H., Lipsey, M.W. & Henry, G.T. 2019 Evaluation A systematic approach. 8th Edn. Sage, Los Angeles USA
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This completely online course is delivered through:
    • Discussion forums (1 - 2 hours / week)
    • Quizzes  (at student pace)
    • Readings & guided research (4 - 5 hours / week)
    • weekly zoom Tutorial sessions (1.5 - 2 hours / week)
    • content based assessments (10 - 15 hours / week)
    Workload

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

    Students are expectred to spend at least 20-25 hours per week on this course.
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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
     
    Assessment Task Detail Due (Sunday 11:59pm)
    Weighting
    Assessment 1

    a. Self Assessment
    b. Share (post)
    c. Peer Review
    End of Weeks 1, 2, and 3 a. 5%
    b. 5%
    c. 10%
    Assessment 2 Critique a research paper relevant to student project - 1500 words End of Week 4 25%
    Assessment 3 a. Industry Research Project Plan - 2000 words
    b. 5 minute elevator pitch
    End of Week 6 a. 30%
    b. 15%
    Assessment 4 Reflection Task - 800 words End of Week 6 10%
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission
    All assessments are due at the end of the designated week ending: Sunday 11:59pm (Adelaide time)
    Course Grading

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

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    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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