Course Title: Analyse and present research information

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: BUSM6239C

Course Title: Analyse and present research information

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4223 - Certificate IV in Business Administration

Course Contact : Sylvia Baroutis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5469

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 30

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

There are no pre-requisites and co-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, 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:

BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information


Gather and organise information

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Gather and organise information in a format suitable for analysis, interpretation and dissemination in accordance with organisational requirements

1.2 Access information held by the organisation ensuring accuracy and relevance in line with established organisational requirements

1.3 Ensure that methods of collecting information are reliable and make efficient use of resources in accordance with organisational requirements

1.4 Identify research requirements for combining online research with non-electronic sources of information

1.5 Use business technology to access, organise and monitor information in accordance with organisational requirements

1.6 Update, modify, maintain and store information, in accordance with organisational requirements



Present Information

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Present recommendations and issues in an appropriate format, style and structure using suitable business technology.

3.2 Structure and format reports in a clear manner that conforms to organisational requirements

3.3 Report and distribute research findings in accordance with organisational requirements

3.4 Obtain feedback and comments on suitable and sufficiency of findings in accordance with organisational requirements



Research and analyse information

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Clearly define objectives of research ensuring consistency with organisational requirements

2.2 Ensure that data and research strategies used are valid and relevant to the requirements of the research and make efficient use of available resources

2.3 Identify key words and phrases for use as part of any online search strategy, including the use of Boolean operators and other search tools

2.4 Use reliable methods of data analysis that are suitable to research purposes

2.5 Ensure that assumptions and conclusions used in analyses are clear, justified, supported by evidence and consistent with research and business objectives


Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

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

Teaching Schedule

 Week beginning  
Week 1

What is research?

What is information?


Supervision meetings



Course Guide


Introduction to the Learning Hub and Toolbox

Schedule two teacher/student supervision meetings

 Week 2 Gather and organise information

Face-to-face class

Text - The Research Topic

RMIT Business Library - in-class presentation

 Week 3 Gather and organise information

Excursion to the Melbourne Career Expo 2009 at the

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

 Week 4 Gather and organise information

Online delivery


Research Report Writing/Harvard Referencing

 Week 5 Gather and organise information

Online delivery/Research supervision meetings (1)

Portfolio Question due

Schedule interviews with potential industry contacts

 Week 6 Gather and organise information

Online delivery/Research supervision meetings (1)

Portfolio question due

 Week 7 Research and analyse information

Online delivery/Research supervision meetings (1)

 Portfolio question due

 Week 8 Research and analyse information

Online delivery/Research supervision meetings (1)

Portfolio question due

 Week 9 Research and analyse information

Online delivery

Research Project: Stage 1 due (1,000 words)

 Week 10 Research and analyse information

Online delivery/Research supervision meetings (2)

 Week 11 Research and analyse informationOnline delivery/Research supervision meetings (2)
 Week 12 Present informationOnline delivery/Research supervision meetings (2)
 Week 13 Present informationOnline delivery/Research supervision meetings (2)
 Week 14 Present information

Online delivery

Final report due - includes Project Stage 1 and Stage 2
(Stage 2 - Analysis of Research
approx 900 words) Total approx 2,000 words

 Week 15 Present informationResearch Project Stage 3: Presentation to Peers

Portfolio due: includes peer evaluation of presentation

 Week 16 Present information

Research Project Stage 3: Presentation to Peers
Portfolio due: includes peer evaluation of presentation

 Week 17  Present informationResearch Project Stage 3: Presentation to Industry
 Week 18 Review 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Aspire Learning Resources, BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information, 2008 Aspire Training and Consulting


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 opportunities 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 (approx 2000 words) Due in week 15 (20%)

Supervision meetings x 2 Due: dates to be negotiated between teacher/student in week 1. (7.5% each - total 15%)

Stage 3: Presentation to peers/Presentation to industry representatives (Weeks  15, 16) (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 16 (25%)

Portfolio questions are due in the weeks scheduled and are to be submitted using the e-journal on the Learning Hub.  The questions are based on the Aspire text and the marking criteria guiide located on the Hub.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information


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) is given. Competency MUST be achieved for each element of competency within a competency standard for a pass (or higher grade) to be given. Where competency for all elements of competency is not achieved an overall grade of NN will be given.

Submission of written work/assessment

All of your written work must conform with RMIT’s guidelines "Written Reports and Essays" Guidelines 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 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 can be found on the RMIT website and 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 mislaid.

Late Submission of Work or Assessment

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

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