Course Title: Supervised Professional Practice E

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Supervised Professional Practice E

Credit Points: 10.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Professor Lynne Bennington

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0130

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 108, Level 11

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is only for Candidates enrolled in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program.  It is related to supervision of work to complete a DBA thesis.

Course Description

DBA Candidates are assigned individual academic advisors/mentors who provide advice to Candidates as they undertake work related to completing a DBA Thesis.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course involves activites related to the development of skills associated with Doctoral Research, and completion of a Doctoral Thesis.

Knowledge: Written work requires demonstration of knowledge of relevant theory.

Creative: Candidates need to develop an ability to creatively apply theory to practice.

Critical: Written work, in particular aspects of the Literature Review, Data Analysis/Findings, and Discussion/Conclusions chapters of the thesis require skills of critical analysis.

Responsible: Ethical issues are an important aspect of Research Methodology.  These are discussed and summarised in the Application for Ethics Approval, and Candidates commit to follow Ethical principles and guidelines.

Employable: Successful completion of a DBA thesis indicates an appreciation of links between theory and practice, and implications of findings for business and organisations.

Life-long learners: Professional development is a central component of the DBA program.  There is an active DBA Alumni group which includes opportunities for continuing development.

Potential leaders: Significant senior work experience is a pre-requisite for entry into the DBA.  Candidates are leaders in their fields and organisations, and continue to develop these roles and skills within the program, and beyond.  

Progress towards completion of a DBA thesis. 

Details as in capability development above.

Overview of Learning Activities

Candidates are assigned individual academic advisors/supervisors.  Advice may be provided via ’face to face’ meetings, as well as telephone or email discussions.  The content and process of teaching and learning is reviewed through ongoing feedback.  Candidates are expected to take responsibility for their own learning and manage their time accordingly.

Overview of Learning Resources

References/resources/articless may be recommended/provided by individual advisors/supervisors.

Candidates also need to engage in literature searches for relevant material related to their individual DBA thesis.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course includes the Graduate School of Business Research Candidate six monthly ’Progress Review’ process.

Candidates will need to provide a written report on their progress in the past 6 months and plan for the next 6 months, which will be assessed as part of this process.