Course Title: Analyse and Present Research Information

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: BUSM9927C

Course Title: Analyse and Present Research Information

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4114 - Certificate IV in Business Administration

Course Contact : Hazel Sims

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1316

Course Contact Email:hazel.sims@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to gather, organise and present workplace information using available systems.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCMN405A Analyse and Present Research Information

Element:

Gather and organise information

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Information is gathered and organised in a format suitable for analysis, interpretation and dissemination in accordance with organisational requirements.

1.2 Information held by the organisation is accessed and assessed for accuracy and relevance in line with established organisational requirements.

1.3 Methods of collecting information are reliable and make efficient use of resources in accordance with organisational requirements.

1.4 Business technology is used to access, organise and monitor information in accordance with organisational requirements.

1.5 Information is updated, modified, maintained and stored in accordance with organisational requirements.

Element:

Present information

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Recommendations and issues are presented in an appropriate format, style and structure using suitable business technology.

3.2 Structure and format of reports are clear and conform to organisational requirements.

3.3 Research findings are reported and distributed in accordance with organisational requirements.

3.4 Feedback and comments of suitability and sufficiency of findings is obtained in accordance with organisational requirements.

Element:

Research and analyse information

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Objectives of research are clearly defined and consistent with organisational requirements.

2.2 Data used in research is valid and relevant to research purposes.

2.3 Research strategies are appropriate to the requirements of the research and make efficient use of available resources.

2.4 Methods of data analysis are reliable and suitable to research purposes.

2.5 Assumptions used in analysis are clear, justified and consistent with research objectives.

2.6 Conclusions are supported by evidence and contribute to the achievement of business objectives.


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include class-based theory and discussions based on the textbook, industry consultation, presentations, research sourcing information from databases, business and industry, internet and online discussion forums, library visits.  The research project will involve primary and secondary research using print and electronic format, teacher/student supervisory meetings and online delivery.


Teaching Schedule

Week begining  
Week 1   9 February

What is research-

what is information?

Assessments

Supervision meetings

Text

Course Guide

Text

Introduction to the Learning Hub and Toolbox:

http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/toolbox/busadmin/home.htm

Schedule two teacher/student supervision meetings for the semester

Week 2  16 FebruaryGather and organise information

Face-to-face class

Text- The Research Topic

RMIT Business Library- in class presentation

Week 3  23 FebruaryGather and organise information

Online delivery

Text

Research Report Writing

Week 4  2 MarchGather and organise information

Online delivery

Text

Harvard Referencing

Week 5   9 MarchGather and organise information

Online delivery

Portfolio question due 5%

Shedule interviews with potential industry contacts 

Week 6   16 MarchGather and organise information

Online delivery

Portfolio question due 5%

Week 7  23 MarchResearch and analyse informationOnline delivery
Week 8   30 MarchResearch and analyse information

Online delivery

Portfolio question due 5%

Week 9   6 AprilResearch and analyse information

Online delivery

Portfolio question due 5%

  MID SEMESTER BREAK
Week 10  20 AprilResearch and analyse information 

Online delivery

Research Project: Stage 1 due 20%

Week 11 27 AprilResearch and analyse informationOnline delivery
Week 12  4 MayResearch and analyse information Online delivery
Week 13  11 MayPresent  informationOnline delivery 
Week 14  18 MayPresent  information Online delivery 
Week 15   25 MayPresent information Online delivery 
Week 16   1 JunePresent information

Stage 2- Analysis of research- approx 900 words

Final report total- approx 2,000 words

Week 17   8 JunePresent information

Research Project Stage 3: Presentations 20%

Portfolio due, includes peer evaluation of presentation 25%

Week 18   15 June 

Research Project Stage 3: Presentations 20%

Feedback and Review


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Custom Text: Aspire (2007) RMIT TAFE Business School Certificate IV, Analyse and Present Research Information The Learning Hub Toolbox: http://www.dls.rmit.edu.au/toolbox/busadmin/home.htm  


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievements of each competency in a flexible manner. Assessments will incorporate a variety of methods: class exercises, homework, practical project and tests. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Learning activities will include class-based discussions, exercises, small group work, online activities, reading and reflection on various activities, together with independent and group research, in order to develop competency including the underpinning skills and knowledge.

In addition to the assessments, formative feedback is provided to the students throughout the duration of the course.


Assessment Tasks

Research Project  - Due in three stages (75%)

RMIT (Business TAFE Admin Program) has commissioned you to undertake research into the current labour market for administration staff in line with RMIT’s organisational requirements for its programs to enhance work-integrated learning.  The project is split into three stages:

Stage 1: Research - primary and secondary (approx 1250 words)  Due in week 9 (20%)

Stage 2: Analysis of research (approx2000 words)  Due in week 15 (20%)

Supervision meetings x 2  Due: dates to be negotiated between teacher/student in week 1.

Stage 3: Presentation to peers/Presentation to industry representatives (weeks 16,17) (20%) Refer to marking guide on the Learning Hub.

Refer to the Learning Hub for the marking criteria sheet and details of the project requirements.

Portfolio - Due weeks 5, 6, 7, 8 and 17 (25%)

Portfolio questions are due in the weeks scheduled and are submitted using the e-journal on the Learning Hub.  Questions are based on the Aspire text and the marking criteria guide located at the Hub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refer to the Learning Hub for the marking criteria sheet and details of the project requirements.

 


Assessment Matrix

 

                          Research Report & Presentation

                                            75%

              Portfolio E-journal

                         25%

Gather and organise information                                            X                           X
Research and analyse information                                            X                           X
Present information                                            X                           X

Other Information

Grading

A pass in an assessment piece will result in a grade for the student.  Where a pass is achieved competency for that assessment is given.  Where a pass is not achieved in any assessment piece a NYC (Not Yet Competent) grade will be given.  Competency MUST be achieved for each element of competency within a competency standard for a pass grade ( or higher grade) to be given.  Where competency for all elements of competency is not achieved, an overall NN grade will result.

Submission of written work/assessment

All of your written work must conform with RMIT’s quidelines "Written Reports and Essays" Guidelines for Referencing and Presentation in RMIT Business" which can be found on the RMIT website.

All of your written assessment must be lodged by the due date in the format specified for the particular assessment task.  Written assessment must have a footer containing: student number, student name, course code, title of assessment and teacher’s name.

Staple your assignment.  Please do not place in plastic binders or plastic pockets.

Attach a signed Assignment Cover Sheet to each submission of written work or assessment.  Cover Sheets are available near the lifts on Level 13.

You must keep a copy of your assignment/written work, which can be produced if the original is lost or damaged.

Late Submission of Work or Assessment

Only in cases of exceptional and genuine hardship (not including inconvenience or poor study planning) will limited extensions be considered.  Students must lodge a completed Application of Extension Form before the original submission date for the work or assessment.  Completed applications are to be addressed to the course coordinator and submitted via Reception on Level 13, Building 108.  Documentary evidence should be provided.    Note: Extensions are not automatically granted.

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