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BACHELOR OF COMMERCE
GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN MANAGEMENT
MGT737 – ADVANCED APPLIED MANAGEMENT
SEMESTER 2, 2018
COURSE OUTLINE
Lecturer
/Supervisor: Sam Young E‐mail: sam.young@nmit.ac.nz
Office: K207 Telephone: 027 244 7154
Supervisors: Andi Jones
John Gallacher
Apekshi Jayawardena
E‐mails: andi.jones@nmit.ac.nz
john.gallacher@nmit.ac.nz
apekshi.jayawardena@nmit.ac.nz
K‐Block, Alton Street, Nelson / Budge Street, Blenheim
APPLIED BUSINESS
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KEY INFORMATION
Class Times

Day Time Class Detail
Tuesday 10am to 10.50am T309 Lecture/Discussion/Drop in Sessions
Friday 8am to 9:50am T309 Lecture/Discussion/Drop in Sessions
As required TBA Meetings with your supervisor
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Assessment Details

Assessment Type Mark % Week Due Time / Date
1. Progress Report (4 x 2.5%) 10% 2, 4, 8,
10
8am Monday 30 July, 13 August, 10 & 24
September
2. Research Proposal Oral 5% 5 8am+ Tuesday 21 & Friday 24 August
Compulsory attendance at all sessions
Presentation materials (if used) into TurnItIn by
8am Monday 20 August
3. Research Proposal Written AND
Research Ethics Application
(REA) AND Informed Consent
15% 6 8am Wednesday 27 August
4. Oral Presentation 10% 12‐13 In normal class time Tuesday 23, Friday 26
October (arrive 15 minutes early). Sam’s
supervisees will continue on Tuesday 30 October
as well.
Compulsory attendance at all sessions
Materials into TurnItIn by
8am 22 October (as
this is Labour Day you are welcome to submit
earlier)
Feedback submitted by
8am 2 November
5. Research Reflection Journal 5% 15 8am Monday 12 November
6. Research Report/Article 55% 15 8am Monday 12 November
Total Assessment Marks 100%

Turnitin is used on this course, and you are required to submit ALL your assessments electronically using
TurnItIn on the Moodle course site. Instructions on how to do this are on the Moodle course site. The
automatically‐generated TurnItIn submission date and time stamp is your proof of submission (no paper
copies need be submitted). Assignments not submitted via TurnItin will not be marked.
Work not submitted into TurnItIn by the due date and time will incur late penalties (see Late Assignment
Policy) unless you have previously arranged an extension.
You must ensure your assignments have a filtered draft Turnitin similarity score of below 10% (ie, 9% or
less) for before you submit for marking.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
Key Information………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2
Part One ‐ Specific Course Information………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
Welcome………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4
Course Purpose……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
Pre‐Requisites…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
Course Requirements ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
Student Resources…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 5
Additional assessment Details…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 5
Course Time Budget ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6
Learning Outcomes………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6
Assessment 1: Progress Report Detail (weighting 10%)……………………………………………………………………….. 7
Assessment 1: Progress Report Marking Sheet (weighting 10%)…………………………………………………………… 8
Assessment 2: Oral Presentation Detail (weighting 5%) ………………………………………………………………………. 9
Assessment 2: Oral Presentation Marking Schedule (weighting 5%)……………………………………………………. 10
Assessment 3: Research Proposal Detail (weighting 15%)…………………………………………………………………… 11
Assessment 3: Research Proposal Marking Schedule (weighting 15%) ………………………………………………… 15
Assessment 4: Oral Presentation Detail (weighting 10%) …………………………………………………………………… 17
Assessment 4: Oral Presentation Marking Schedule (weighting 10%)………………………………………………….. 18
Assessment 5: Research Reflection Journal Detail (weighting 5%)………………………………………………………. 20
Assessment 5: Research Reflection Journal Marking Schedule (weighting 5%) …………………………………….. 21
Assessment 6: Research Report/Article Detail (weighting 55%)………………………………………………………….. 22
Assessment 6: Research Report/Article Marking Schedule (weighting 55%) ………………………………………… 27
Assessment Marking Guide …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 29
Part Two ‐ General Course Information and Expectations…………………………………………………………………… 30
Programme Regulations …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 30
Withdrawals / Refunds…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 30
Attendance and Punctuality……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 30
Textbooks …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 31
Late Assignment Policy…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 31
Extension of Time for Assignments ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 31
Literacy and Numeracy Assessing ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 31
Plagiarism …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 32
Special assessment Circumstances…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 32
Complaints Procedure ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 34
Student Academic Appeals……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 34
Assessment Grades ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 35

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PART ONE ‐ SPECIFIC COURSE INFORMATION
WELCOME
Welcome to MGT737 Advanced Applied Management. This course is one of the final courses you will
undertake for your NMIT Bachelor of Commerce and there is an expectation of quality performance from
students at this level.
Because of this, MGT737 allows you to focus on undertaking an investigation, researching an area, a topic,
or organisation in which you are interested. It enables you to bring together your knowledge thus far and
overlay new information during this course. It makes for a comprehensive semester’s work, allowing you to
produce quality research to be used by yourself, or by a potential employer, when you complete your NMIT
degree.
COURSE PURPOSE
This 15 week course provides students with an opportunity to undertake a supervised business research
project in order to:
1 Further the understanding and practise of the application of management knowledge, skills,
attitudes and techniques;
2 Integrate the body of knowledge learnt in previous subjects into practical application to an
advanced level.
PRE‐REQUISITES
Prescribed Pre‐Requisites:
Students must have met the entry requirements for their enrolled NMIT programme, and have completed
MGT530 Principles of Management, 540 Professional Communications, 636 Principles of Applied Management
and RES680 Research Methods (or their equivalents).
Other Assumptions:
You are digitally literate
You are a competent user of Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint
You are an independent researcher, familiar with APA referencing
You have already written a formal report, or can learn how to do so outside this course
COURSE REQUIREMENTS
It is intended that this course be orientated to self‐learning and self‐application by the student. Students
will need to show a high level of self‐motivation and an ability to undertake their own investigation,
analysis and presentation of findings and conclusions.
It is expected that students will come to the peer presentations prepared to ask questions and contribute
to any discussion.

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STUDENT RESOURCES
Prescribed Text:

Jones, I., (2015). Research Methods for Sports Studies (3rd edition). UK: Routledge.
You are welcome to use earlier editions, or the e‐book from the NMIT Library Learning Centre (LLC)

APA & Writing Guidelines:
Curtin University Library (2014). APA Referencing. USA: Author. Retrieved 16 July 2014 from
http://lgdata.s3‐website‐us‐east‐
1.amazonaws.com/docs/1470/1100585/APA_converted_to_Word_FINAL_Apr_2014.pdf
AND
Emerson, L. (Ed.). (2005). Writing Guidelines for Business Students. (3rd ed.). Southbank, Victoria: Thomson
Dunmore Press.
Supplementary Readings / Resources:
Lecture notes, weekly announcements, articles, websites links, assessment drop‐boxes, and other
information is on NMIT’s Moodle site at
https://ecampus.nmit.ac.nz/moodle/my/. Moodle can be
accessed on campus, from work or from home.
Sam has a number of research articles which may help your research. Her spreadsheet list is on Moodle
(follow the instructions contained on Moodle about how to order an article).
Useful websites for this course are included in the Moodle area, along with a FAQ section which you can
access from the right‐hand side panel.
There are a number of Business Research Methods Texts available in the Library Learning Centre.
ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENT DETAILS
To pass MGT737 Advanced Applied Management you must:
1. Complete all assessments, submitting them into TurnItin. This means making a reasonable attempt at
all assessments, AND
2. Have achieved a cumulative mark of 50 percent or more on the course, with a mark of at least 40% in
your research report.
There are six
compulsory assessments for this course, as follows (due dates are on page 1):
1. Weekly Progress Reports (10%): You are to submit four progress reports during the semester,
outlining your research to date and the direction that your research is currently taking. These progress
reports are to be submitted through Moodle.
2. Research Proposal Oral (5%): This is a ten minute oral presentation outlining your research approach to
study your intended management related issue/topic for your Research Project (ie, Assessment 6). This
is your chance to get feedback from your peers before your written proposal is due next week.
3. Research Proposal Written (15%): This is your written proposal outlining your research approach to
study your intended management related issue/topic for your Research Project (ie, Assessment 6). See 736
online for exemplars.
NB: If the proposal is not deemed to be of sufficient quality, OR the research ethics
application is not of sufficient quality, OR the proposed research is not deemed to be of 700 level
students will not be able to continue with the course
. Additionally, gaining Research & Ethics Committee
approval is required before research can commence.

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4. Oral Presentation (10%): Presentation of your research project findings; a 15 minute presentation plus
discussion/questions.
5. Research Reflection Journal (5%): Your written reflection of your individual learning from this course.
This is to be completed and submitted prior to the final report. Your journal will be graded on your
reflections of the research process, and will be marked with your final research report.
6. Research Report/Article (55%): Your written report (or article) on the management related issue/topic
which you outlined in your research proposal (ie, Assessment 2).
COURSE TIME BUDGET

Weeks Hours Total
Timetabled tutor contact & presentations 13 3 50
Supervisor contact (face to face, online and email) 15 .20 5
Self‐managed learning & research 15 15 150
Presentation preparation 15
Assignment work/writing 80
Minimum Hours 300

This is a 30 credit paper and therefore will require significant commitment in terms of time and effort.
LEARNING OUTCOMES
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Select a current management issue or applied management problem in an area such as operations
management, strategic management, human resource management, organisational behaviour,
leadership, or general management and formulate an appropriate research question and research aims.
2. Plan, organise and implement a research project.
3. Select and apply appropriate research methodologies.
4. Collect, analyse and interpret research data.
5. Write a research report to a professional standard.
6. Make an oral presentation of the management‐related research project.
7. Be competent contributors to the work of research teams either in the workplace or on postgraduate
degree study‐programmes.
COURSE & ASSESSMENT TIMETABLE – SEMESTER 2 2017
No classes on the following dates: See the course calendar on Moodle for other details
Study Break: 1 to 14 October Labour Weekend: Monday 22 October
Exams: start after 15 November. There is no exam for this paper
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ASSESSMENT 1: PROGRESS REPORT DETAIL (WEIGHTING 10%)
With lecturer support, prepare 4 progress reports (2.5% each) outlining your progress and upload to
Moodle by 8am Monday each week.
Progress reports are due on the dates specified in the
Assessment Details table in this document, in the
Course Calendar, and on the Moodle Assessment tab.
The aim is to show us that you are progressing through your research project. We want to make sure that
you are working steadily and in the right direction. Also, we want to ensure that if we encounter any
problems we can deal with them now rather than later on in semester when the report is due.
You can include the following and anything else you think will be helpful:

Component
1. Secondary
Research
Detail/Length
This section is for reporting all secondary data gathered.
Report on
all the secondary research you have been doing
Mark
0.50

since your last assignment: if you have explored twenty
items, include them all. You may either write up your
research ready for your literature review, or briefly
summarise the main points of each source. Ensure it is
clear to the reader why or how each source contributes to
your research project. APA cite in text, and supply a list of
APA references in a bibliography. Expert interviews may
used as secondary research.
2. Primary Research This section is for reporting anything which contributes to
your own data gathering. Include an outline of the work
undertaken on your primary research (concept mapping,
REA updates, participant profiles, question development,
coding etc.). Include drafts of your methodology if
appropriate. Include draft questions; or details of people
contacted, and a brief outline of discussion and how this
information contributes to your research project.
0.50
3. Emphasis Changes Outline any changes in emphasis to your research as your
project develops: explain what you had initially; what it has
changed to; and why.
0.25
4. Other Information Any other helpful comments or personal information or
limitations we should know about.
0.25
5. Coming Weeks’
Plan
Your plan/outline of objectives and what you have planned
to achieve during the
remainder of your research project
until the next assignment is due.
0.50
6. Actual:Plan Thus
Far
Your plan/outline of objectives and what you have
achieved in the weeks
since your last assignment, with any
as yet undone items updated and carried‐over in your plan
for the coming weeks. We want to see that things aren’t
slipping and that you are keeping on top of the workload.
0.50
2.50

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ASSESSMENT 1: PROGRESS REPORT MARKING SHEET (WEIGHTING 10%)
Student Name: Project Title:

Component Comments PR 1 PR 2 PR 3 PR 4
1. Secondary
Research
(x/.5)
0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50
2. Primary
Research
(x/.5)
0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50
3. Emphasis
Changes
(x/.25)
0.25 0.25 0.25 0.25
4. Other
Informatio
n
(x/.25)
0.25 0.25 0.25 0.25
5. Coming
Weeks’
Plan
(x/.5)
0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50
6. Actual:Pla
n Thus Far
(x/.5)
0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50
Grand Total 10.00 (0.00%) 2.50 2.50 2.50 2.50

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ASSESSMENT 2: ORAL PRESENTATION DETAIL (WEIGHTING 5%)
You will make a three minute oral presentation of your research proposal to your peers, to seek
feedback (five minutes of questions, so eight minutes in total).
Your materials must be into TurnItIn by 8am on the Monday before presentations start
Be in class 15 minutes before the presentations start (ie, before normal scheduled class time)
Be ready to present by the start of class on presentation day. Students will draw lots for
presentation order
Use appropriate visual aids, information, language, speaking style and non‐verbal language
Be prepared to answer questions on your report within your timeframe
Aim for a presentation length of three minutes with five minutes of questions
Manage your time to ensure you do not exceed 8 minutes
Attendance is compulsory at all oral presentation sessions, for all students enrolled on this course. Non‐
attendance may result in a zero grade for this assessment.

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ASSESSMENT 2: ORAL PRESENTATION MARKING SCHEDULE (WEIGHTING 5%)
Student Name:
Project Title:

Section Marking Criteria A B C D E Mark
Subject Knowledge
Mark
x/1
Understandable title
Clearly outlined project rationale
Is a management problem
Appropriate links to theory
Has clearly explored the literature
Relevant and valid information being used
Ideas present cogent view of expert field opinion
Underpinned with references.
0.00
Quality of Project
Outline
x/1
Proposed method is appropriate for the topic
Primary data collection is clearly understood
Research question is clear
Question is answerable
Research aims ‐ if used ‐ are logical
Evidence of good planning
Scope is appropriate
Boundaries are clear
0.00
Presentation
x/1
Presenter was clearly spoken
Good volume and suitable pace of delivery
Clear body language
Conversation, not a speech
Delivery was not read from slides or script
Suitable for an English‐speaking audience
Evidence of good rehearsal
Good time management
0.00
Organisation
x/1
Logical flow
Clear and understandable
Well‐structured and used the time well
Understood the needs of the audience
Good introduction of project
Good introduction of self
Good conclusion
No repetition
0.00
Questions and
Discussion
x/1
Engaged the audience
Audience asked questions
Presenter understood questions asked
Able to answer questions
Recognise need for further investigation
See how to apply discussion to own project
Created good discussion
0.00
TOTAL MARKS (0%) 5.00

Comments:
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ASSESSMENT 3: RESEARCH PROPOSAL DETAIL (WEIGHTING 15%)
You are required to write and submit a research proposal. This is a significant assignment. The proposal
will be the starting point for your research project and report. The topic of the proposal must be in the
area of your degree programme (ie, management/social sciences).
The research proposal will include the following:

Component
1. Introduction
Detail/Length
Outlines the context clearly, including personal interest
reasons. Title appropriately summarises the project.
Approximately 500 words
Mark %
1.00

2. Research Aims and
Operationalisation
Your aims: statements of intent, what you are setting out
to achieve, supported by
Your operationalisation: the specifics, the measurables by
which you will know when you have answered your aims,
and any anticipated difficulties or mission‐critical inclusions
Approximately two thirds of a page 3.00
3. Literature Review Explore writing from key authors & experts on your topic.
Relate each piece reviewed logically to your research
questions, aims, goals, propositions or hypotheses.
Approximately 2000 words 4.50
4. Proposed Research
Methodology
Outlines philosophical approach with logical description
and justification of your research methodology including
philosophy, inquiry strategies, research design and
research methods. Explore limiters and delimiters.
Approximately 1100 words 2.25
5. Ethical
Considerations
Clear exploration of – and limitation of – risks to self,
subjects and related organisations.
Must be accompanied by your
Research Ethics Application
Form
AND your Informed Consent Form two separate
forms
– which must be Research & Ethics Committee
approved before primary data collection can commence.
Approximately 500 words 0.75
6. Research &
Management
Budget
Detail your timelines and hour budgets in a table, including
due dates, for all your project tasks.
Write up a projected table of contents including section
detail for your final report. 1.00
7. Bibliography APA style, all sources cited. TurnItIn similarity score <10% 1.00
8. Presentation Cogently presented at appropriate academic level 1.50
Assessment 3 Total 15.00

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The guidelines below provide more information regarding the content of your research proposal.
1.
INTRODUCTION
Clearly introduce the chosen research topic and develop clear research questions. State the research
problem – your overarching research question – clearly. Developing your research question will be an
iterative process ALONGSIDE your literature review as you may find that your question has already
been comprehensively answered. If this happens, you will need to change direction (ie, theme, context
or approaches) until you have some uncovered ground to research.
2.
AIMS AND OPERATIONALISATION
Outline and operationalise your aims by going on to define each objective – the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of
each aim – clearly and precisely. Explain what kind of approach you intend to use in achieving each of
your objectives. Ensure your title accurately reflects what your project is setting out to achieve. Detail
the mission critical inclusions for each aspect of operationalisation.
3.
LITERATURE REVIEW
This will include an overview of the relevant literature uncovered to date on your chosen topic area and
will flow through to your bibliography. Explain how each aspect of your literature review relates to your
research questions. It is important to ensure that the literature consulted is current.
Ensure you paraphrase and DO NOT plagiarise.
Remember that you must develop your literature review ALONGSIDE your research question using an
iterative process: ie, one informs the other. Literature reviews are not simply summaries of other
people’s work or an annotated bibliography. Read other literature reviews and note how the authors
connect their own research question and focus to what has gone before. You need to do the same in
your research proposal. Use the literature review to establish the place of your project in the research
conversation. Ultimately, your literature review should lead to a clear statement of your research
questions, aims, propositions, or hypotheses.
We expect you to explore the top rating journals in your chosen field. The most prestigious
management journals are the Academy of Management (AOM) series. AOM Review contains many
literature reviews. You can find AOM journal copies on the shelves in Sam’s office. At a
minimum it is
expected that you will use the library catalogue, ProQuest etc and Google Scholar (go to
http://www.scholar.google.com) to source appropriate academic literature.
Other journals usually publish both literature reviews and empirical papers. Amongst the most useful
models for your literature review are the introductory sections of empirical articles in your research
area.
In presenting your literature review distinguish between research‐based findings, reports of
experience, journalists’ opinions and consultants’ sales pitches. You need to communicate the quality
of the data and opinions you report because the reader does not have the original source at hand.
Be clear on why you are including a particular idea or result in your review. Tell the reader how it fits
with other literature, how it fits with your project, how it fits with the New Zealand environment or
how it is otherwise relevant.
Identifying the scope of your literature review tends to be a seesaw exercise between too broad and
too narrow. The only way to resolve the problem is to read literature. You may end up doing a
quantitative review of loads of articles where you only consider the results, or a detailed analysis of the
construct definitions and experimental conditions in a few studies.
Generally, you will focus in on a subset of the many articles and books you initially consider. Some of
these references may be consulted in a very limited way; others will be central to the research report.

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The number of references in your research proposal is not a criterion for marking. But the quality,
currency and relevance of your references are critical.
It is often a good idea to start your reading at a general level. Textbooks and topic specific
encyclopaedias are good starting points, such as the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Management (online at
http://www.blackwellreference.com/subscriber/uid=895/book?id=g9780631233176_9780631233176).
Read the sections of several textbooks to discover what is the ‘conventional wisdom’ in your topic area.
See if there are literature reviews already written. Often, there are ‘classic’ pieces which textbooks or
lecturers can identify for you. Encyclopaedias, handbooks and annual review series (eg, Research in
Organizational Behaviour) can be useful sources of literature reviews. Next proceed to a wider search
for more contemporary and specific resources. Try the internet. Research centres and the websites of
authors who publish in your area may make up‐to‐date working papers available.
Check out the library catalogue and electronic databases such as ProQuest. These can be a valuable
source of New Zealand‐based research.
Articles from trade magazines are rarely helpful. Journalists, rather than researchers write them. This is
not to say that journalists do not do research, but rather that they constitute a different community
with different resources and different rules for their writing.
Sometimes important books and journals are not held at NMIT. These must be borrowed via interloan.
Get any interlibrary loan requests in EARLY, as they can take a while to be processed. Interloans may
have a cost attached.
4.
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
A clearly defined method for collection of primary data for your topic, including a very clear
development of your (a) philosophy, (b) inquiry strategies, (c) research design and (d) research
methods; and why each of these was chosen. Explicitly link your proposed methodology to your
literature review and research problem. You need to explain how you expect to undertake this research
in a way that is clear enough for another to be able to replicate it. This section should also include clear
analysis of limiters and delimiters (assumptions) relevant to the research project (NB: participant safety
is explored under the next point). If you can, submit your draft research questions either in this section,
or in the appendix of your research proposal.
5.
ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Your proposed research must meet the ethical standards at NMIT. Your primary research requires you
to outline the risks to any participants from your proposed research, and you will ALSO need to
complete (a) a
Research Ethics Application (REA) form AND (b) an Informed Consent form (for
interviews, or focus groups) OR an Informed Consent statement (for surveys), submitting these as
separate documents alongside your research proposal. For these, consider potential harm and ways to
protect participant data, privacy, reputations and expectations, as well as how you will contact your
participants. Any potential for ethical standards to be breached must be carefully thought through and
documented, both for your own safety and for NMIT. We will forward your REA and Informed Consent
to the NMIT Research and Ethics Committee (R&EC) once they reach an appropriate standard.
R&EC approval of your REA
must be gained BEFORE you can start your research, so it is important that
this is done well and quickly. Delays on a four month research project will cause significant
management problems for you.
It is likely to take between two and ten drafts for your REA to be up to the required standard to pass
the R&EC. Do not waste time in this process, as you are likely to be required to supply additional
information from the R&EC before getting approval. Ethics approval is likely to take another three or so
weeks once you have supplied all the required information.

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Go to Moodle 2. Research Proposal | Ethics | NMIT Research Ethics Application Form to download the
forms and to read – and watch – the requirements.
6.
RESEARCH & MANAGEMENT BUDGET
Develop a timeline for completion of all your management and research tasks, detailing your estimated
hours and what you will be doing and when. Use this task list to report against in your progress reports.
Your research budget should detail ALL the tasks that you are planning for, when you will do them, and
any further details that both you and we will need to know that your research is on track. This is a
detailed plan of
many entries. It must be focused on managing your research project, not on attending
class or course assessment deadlines.
Additionally, this is where you preview the likely chapter structure and chapter contents for your final
report.
NB: you should also plan in the likely delay in gaining research approval from the R&EC of at least three
weeks. During that time, work on your Literature Review, refine your method, do background reading
and expand your project management detail.
7.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Your bibliographical entries should provide a clear map back to the expert opinion that you built your
research on. Include APA citations of all sources consulted your research proposal, whether you used
the item or not.
Your filtered TurnItIn similarity score needs to be under 10% (ie, 9% or less, filtered for bibliography
and for quotes). Entitle your bibliography “Bibliography” so that TurnItIn starts discounting your
similarity score from this point onwards. TurnItIn does not recognise “Reference List” as a bibliography.
All quotes must be in double quotation marks for TurnItIn to ‘see’ it as a quote. All quotes should have
a page number where they come from a numbered document (ie, textbooks, journals and articles).
Do not include in the reference list anything that you have not
personally read. For example, if you read
Jones’s summary of Smith’s theory, but didn’t read Smith in the original, cite Jones. This is called a
secondary source. However, where you can, consult the original author (ie, Smith, the primary source).
If you heavily use a chapter of a text in your project, cite the particular chapter, and give the page range
in your bibliography.
See the MGT737 Advanced Applied Management Moodle page for previous student research proposal
exemplars.

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ASSESSMENT 3: RESEARCH PROPOSAL MARKING SCHEDULE (WEIGHTING 15%)
Student Name:
Project Title:

Section Marking Criteria A B C D E Mark
Introduction
Mark
x/1
Understandable title
Tile reflects research report content
Defines context
Clearly defines topic
Topic has management value
Organised issues
Clearly outlines the project rationale
Clearly outlines personal topic rationale
Underpinned with references.
1.00
Aims &
Operationalisation
x/3
Research question is clear
Question is answerable
Scope is appropriate and boundaries are clear
Project is a management issue
Research aims ‐ if used ‐ are clearly detailed
Operationalisation well detailed
Operationalisation includes mission critical items
Will collectively answer the research question.
3.00
Literature Review
x/4.5
Key terms are being defined
Relevant and valid information being used
Sources are academic literature
Evidence of a clear concept map
Material is related to the research question
Information generates useful lines of inquiry
Ideas are being synthesised
Ideas present cogent view of expert field opinion
Suitable management theory explored
Rationale for management theory supplied
Management theory applied logically
Sources referenced correctly
Logical narrative flow leads into the methodology
Other likely areas of exploration are outlined.
4.50
Methodology
x/2.25
Philosophy explained
Inquiry strategies explained
Research design explained
Appropriate method utilised
Clear outline of method
Method will answer the research question
Report limitations and assumptions explored.
2.25
Ethical Considerations
x/0.75
Clear identification of ethical risks & limitations
Solutions provided for identified items
Contact methods for research participants
Data safety outlined
0.75

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Section Marking Criteria A B C D E Mark
Informed Consent supplied
REA supplied.
Research &
Management Budget
x/1
Clear management plan
Plan contains enough detail
Focus is on project tasks (not class requirements)
Plan details tasks right through to submission
Plan includes at least 20 hours per week
Research report “Fantasy Table of Contents” included
Fantasy Table of Contents covers all report chapters
1.00
Bibliography
x/1
APA 6 Ed in text referencing used expertly
In text referencing happens consistently
APA 6 Ed bibliographical referencing used expertly
All report sources are in the bibliography
Enough materials have been explored
TurnItIn Similarity score <10%
Cited materials of a scholarly standard
1.00
Presentation
x/1.5
Professionally presented
Professional layout in line with requirements
Professional spelling
NZ English used (except when quoting)
Professional grammar
Fonts and spacings are consistent
Paragraphs and sentences are digestible
Figures and tables labelled
Functionality of Word is used
Appendices are clearly labelled (if supplied)
Appendices contain only non‐essential materials
Appendices are after the bibliography
1.50
0.00
15.00

Similarity score (0% if no penalty; if over 10%, penalty applies) 0% TOTAL MARKS (0%)
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ASSESSMENT 4: ORAL PRESENTATION DETAIL (WEIGHTING 10%)
You will make an eight minute oral presentation of your research project plus five minutes discussion/
questions suitable as a presentation to
senior management, using appropriate technology (eg current
technology such as PowerPoint and data projector), totalling no more than 15 minutes.
You need to:
By 8am on the Monday before the first presentation session, have submitted your PowerPoint
presentation (ie, including notes pages & bibliography
1) in pptx or ppt format into TurnItIn
Be at the presentation room 15 MINUTES BEFORE the presentations start (before normal
scheduled class time).
Be ready to present by the start of class on the first day of presentations. On that day, students
will draw lots for presentation order, except for those who have invited guests. Students with
invited guests will go at the beginning of the session.
Use appropriate information, language, speaking style and non‐verbal language
Use appropriate visual aids and current technology for your presentation such as PowerPoint
and data projector, or whiteboard and handouts, or a combination of both
If you chose to use a PowerPoint presentation, remember to focus on what you say (your
content), and use PowerPoint to
accent your delivery; not the other way around
Be prepared to answer questions on your report within your timeframe
Aim for a presentation length around nine minutes to allow for digressions
Manage your time to ensure you do not exceed 15 minutes including setup & break down
We will indicate the time at the thirteen minute mark, and stop you at fourteen minutes
Attend all student presentations
Provide feedback on all presentations (excluding your own)
Attendance is compulsory at all oral presentation sessions, for all students enrolled on this course. Non‐
attendance may result in a zero grade for this assessment.
Marking
Oral presentation marking allocation will be 75% from your own presentation and 25% from writing
summaries of your peers’ presentations (ie, fellow students):

Oral Presentation mark
Attendance and summary of all the other presentations
7.5%
2.5%

To gain the 2.5% weighting for “attendance and summary of the other presentations” you must attend
all presentations and write a brief summary of the content of all presentations, submitting your
feedback into the SurveyMonkey dropbox by
8am on the Friday following the last day of
presentations
.
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1
Only include cited materials in your bibliography: this should not be a comprehensive list of the materials you have included in your research
project but a list of citations. As a guide it should not be more than a slide.

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ASSESSMENT 4: ORAL PRESENTATION MARKING SCHEDULE (WEIGHTING 10%)
Student Name:
Project Title:

Section Marking Criteria A B C D E Mark
Subject Knowledge
Mark
x/1.5
Understandable title
Clearly outlined project rationale
Was a management problem
Appropriate links to theory
Clearly explored the literature
Relevant and valid information used
Ideas present cogent view of expert field opinion
Underpinned with references.
1.50
Quality of Findings
x/1.5
Findings clearly outlined
Primary data collection clear
Research question clear
Question was answerable
Aims were achieved
Findings are good quality
Scope was appropriate
Boundaries were clear
1.50
Presentation
x/1.5
Presenter was clearly spoken
Good volume and suitable pace of delivery
Clear body language
Conversation, not a speech
Delivery was not read from slides or script
Suitable for an English‐speaking audience
Evidence of good rehearsal
Good time management
1.50
Organisation
x/1.5
Logical flow
Clear and understandable
Well‐structured and used the time well
Understood the needs of the audience
Good introduction of project
Good introduction of self
Good conclusion
No repetition
1.50
Questions and
Discussion
x/1.5
Engaged the audience
Audience asked questions
Presenter understood questions asked
Able to answer questions
Recognise need for further investigation
See how to apply discussion to own project
Created good discussion
1.50
Feedback
x/1.5
Well thought out
Rationale provided
All students viewed were marked
1.50

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Section Marking Criteria A B C D E Mark
Feedback was on time
Attendance
x/1
No sessions
One session
Two sessions
Three sessions
1.00
TOTAL MARKS (0%) 10.00

Comments:
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ASSESSMENT 5: RESEARCH REFLECTION JOURNAL DETAIL (WEIGHTING 5%)
Students are required to complete a reflective research journal outlining their personal journey whilst
completing a substantive individual research project during their final year of an undergraduate degree.
This reflective journal is divided into the following sections and focuses on the learning gained within
the process and the strategies that students develop for future situations:
1.
The topic selection: why you selected your topic, how you came to the decision you did about
the topic and your objectives, any difficulties you had with the process, the learning you take
away to apply next time, and the specific tools and techniques that you will use in future
2.
The research proposal: the process of writing, of gaining research approval, any difficulties you
had with the process, and the learning you take away to apply next time
3.
Finding/collecting the information: the literature review, any primary research problems,
gaining access to participants, analysing data etc. Explore difficulties you had with the process,
the learning you take away to apply next time, and the specific tools and techniques that you
will use in future
4.
The writing process: What was difficult to write, what was easy; what strategies worked, what
didn’t. Explore difficulties you had with writing, the learning you take away to apply next time,
and the specific tools and techniques that you will use in future
5.
Project Review: This is reflection on the entire research process, the management process and
the course. Students are expected to look at themselves and the way the work and critically
analyse this. Outline below your self‐evaluation of the research project you have undertaken;
stating what worked well for you, the learning you take away to apply next time, the specific
tools and techniques that you will use in future, what you could have done differently if you
have to repeat the process and any other salient points you believe a future researcher could
benefit from.
Students are expected to deliver a thoughtful piece of writing stating both their positive and their
negative experiences through the semesters work.
For each of the sections the student should state what worked, what did not work well and
why. They
should also state what their take‐away tools are, and what would benefit future students.

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ASSESSMENT 5: RESEARCH REFLECTION JOURNAL MARKING SCHEDULE (WEIGHTING 5%)
Student Name:

Section Marking Criteria A B C D E Mark
Topic Selection
x/1
Clear rationale for topic selection
Clearly stated difficulties with the process
Clear learning from difficulties
Clear future strategies
Honest insights into own performance
Useful tools adopted for future application.
1.00
The Research Proposal
x/1
Clearly stated difficulties with the proposal
Clearly stated difficulties with the REA process
Clear learning from difficulties
Clear future strategies
Honest insights into own performance
Useful tools adopted for future application.
1.00
Finding & Collecting
Data
x/1
Clearly stated difficulties with academic literature
Clearly stated difficulties with primary data collection
Clear learning from difficulties
Clear future strategies
Honest insights into own performance
Useful tools adopted for future application.
1.00
The Writing Process
x/1
Clearly stated difficulties with the writing process
Clear learning from difficulties
Clear future strategies
Honest insights into own performance
Useful tools adopted for future application.
1.00
The Project Review
x/1
Clearly stated difficulties with the project
Clear learning from difficulties
Clear future strategies
Honest insights into own performance
Useful tools adopted for future application.
1.00
TOTAL MARKS (0%) 5.00

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ASSESSMENT 6: RESEARCH REPORT/ARTICLE DETAIL (WEIGHTING 55%)
You have the choice of either writing a Research Report (detailed following), or a research article (as
per the specifications of the New Zealand Journal of Applied Business Research which are detailed at
http://www.manukau.ac.nz/about‐us/our‐faculties/business‐and‐information‐technology‐
old/nzjabr/resources‐for‐authors
).
1. Journal Article Structure
Your work must be EXACTLY as specified by NZJABR, including margin and font sizes, layout, writing
style, referencing and word limits. NB: NZJABR requires cited works only in the bibliography.
2. Research Report Structure
The following structure can be used for report writing at postgraduate level or for report writing in
a professional business situation. The principles for research, drafting, editing and rewriting your
report are the same as those for essay writing. The only difference is the overall structure. Your
report will generally contain the following sections:
Primary Research

Title page Written last, to suit your conclusions
i Abstract <350 words on question, answer, key findings.
NOT an executive summary
ii
iii
Acknowledgements
Table of Contents
Any thanks you need to give
Using Word’s auto table of contents (TOC) function
List of Figures
List of Tables

1 Introduction Scoping your research project and its background
2 Literature Review The views of the experts that you have consulted
3 Methodology Includes a detailed recipe for others to replicate findings,
research question & operationalisation, limiters & delimiters
4 Findings What you found
5 Discussion Tying together your literature review and your findings,
creating argument
6 Conclusions Summarising & answering your research question
Limitations Key limiters preventing a 100% research question answer
Future Research How you would fix the limiters, hints to future researchers
7 Bibliography ALL the resources you used to undertake your research project
8 Appendices Any extra material that is relevant, but not key, to your report
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Title page
Title of report (NB: choose your title carefully; making sure it reflects the content of your
report. Sometimes it can be easier to choose your title last)
Name of person submitting the report
Name of person to whom the report is being submitted
Date of submission
Paper title and number (if you have applied for an ISBN2 number)
Abstract
Maximum of 350 words for the social sciences (management is part of the social sciences
discipline).
Outlines the problem; the research design; the results; and the learning. Four short paragraphs.
Include half a dozen key words that summarise what themes, methodologies and contexts your
research has encompassed
An abstract is a summary of the entire report and includes the report’s aims and objectives, main
findings and key recommendations. Normally it has an absolute limit of 350 words. An abstract is
not the same as an introduction (see introduction section). The purpose of the abstract is to allow
anyone reading your report to gain a quick overview, and it is used in databases to search for
research reports.
Table of contents
Always use Word Auto Table of Contents (TOC) AND
A Word Auto List of Figures AND
A Word Auto List of Tables
Introduction
Defines the background: sets the scene for what is to follow
Briefly details the context and subject of the report
Outlines the scope of the investigation
Explains the importance, the rationale behind the research
Defines the problem in one, clear question
Highlights limitations of the research from the outset
Details assumptions about research conditions and basic principles
Is appropriately cited
Previews the chapters within the document
In the section you introduce your report topic and context. Include such things as an explanation of
the topic area, the problem or issues being reported, the specific objectives, the question addressed
in the report, the limitations and assumptions and importantly you preview your report chapters.
The preview of your report details the actual content of your chapters, not simply the structure or
process.
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2
International Standard Book Number – more info at http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2010/03/isbn‐for‐self‐publishers‐answers‐to‐20‐of‐your‐
questions/

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Literature Review
A literature review summarises the key information found in scholarly literature which is related to
your research project. It is a synthesis of views: not a list of parts, so your writing in this section will
“describe, summarise, evaluate and clarify” all those views of the experts which relate to your topic
and will be written up to create a smooth and cohesive picture of the environment your research is
grounded in.
It should begin with an introduction explaining what you’re going to do, and lead off with definitions
of key terms in the area.
A good literature review will contain 3,500‐6,000 words from experts in the field on the key aspects of
your topic. It will define your key terms, present argument and support your research question. You
will also explore and provide an under‐pinning theoretical base – ie, specific and relevant
management theories – to measure your research findings against.
Conducting a literature review – once you have submitted your Research Ethics Application, and are
waiting for the Research and Ethics Committee for project approval – is usually the first aspect of your
project undertaken.
Please see the Student Research Guide and the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section on Moodle
for more information.
Methodology
In this section, give a precise description of the method employed in carrying out your investigation.
You may explore your research question and aims as part of your methodology, or you may have
done this in your introduction.
This section requires you to explore how you operationalised each of your aims by detailing HOW you
undertook your research. As part of that process, you will detail your research philosophy, inquiry
strategies and research design, as well as your research methods.
You might, for instance, include a number of sub‐sections covering data collection, sampling,
questionnaire development, survey procedure, etc to explain your research method. The main aims
of this section are two‐fold: (a) it allows the critical reader to assess the quality of your method in
relation to both professional practice and the study’s objectives; and (b) subsequent researchers will
be able to understand exactly how and why you set up the study in the way that you did – this is of
immense importance if they wish to replicate your work.
It will detail HOW you set out to discover, in order to answer your research question.
Include your questions here, and how you developed them.
You will explore your limiters and delimiters (assumptions) frankly and freely, so that the reader
understands what your process has been. Because your research has been approved, the ethics issues
in your Research Ethics Application are assumed to have been met, so this information should not be
repeated here (but you could include your completed form in your Appendices, along with your
Participant Information sheets and Participant Consent forms).

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Findings
Detailing WHAT you set out to discover, in order to answer your research question
Outlines major issues but does not evaluate (ie, states the facts, but doesn’t interpret what
those facts mean)
Uses credible primary sources and clear evidence to make your case
Shows most relevant information in graphs, figures & tables
Includes negative results
Presents in a logical, systematic manner
Evidence divided with appropriate headings to ensure the reader’s understanding
Your findings will contain summarised, clustered and themed information which is drawn from your
raw data. The information you present will contain a selected illustrative participant comments to
clearly show the reader your careful approach.
Graphics will help the reader quickly assimilate the most important information.
Naturally it is imperative that you present your findings in the most appropriate way. There is no
“one right way” to report your findings – individual reports will vary. In general the findings outline
the work you have done to enable you to undertake analysis and interpretation. You must use
credible sources and clear evidence which helps you make your case. You need to present your
information in a logical, systematic manner and divide the material with appropriate headings to ease
the reader’s understanding.
Material will be referenced in some way to show what participants said, and what has come from
literature review.
Discussion
Ties together the literature review (expert opinion) and your findings (your primary research)
Evaluates and analyses your findings
Explains your conclusions
Justifies your recommendations
Presents evidence for your conclusions
Shows effects of your research context and any potential benefits from your research
outcomes
Cites any theoretical arguments which support your position/outcomes
In this section, you analyse and interpret your findings and ‘present your stance/paradigm’. This
will lead into your conclusions, limitations and future research. Present this analysis in a logical,
systematic way and divide your material into sections with appropriate headings to assist the
reader’s understanding.
Material will be CLEARLY referenced to show what comes from your findings, what has come from
literature review and what is your opinion.
Conclusions
Relates to the objectives detailed in the introduction
They must relate to – spring from – your discussion
Shows major conclusions first
Is short but identifies major issues
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The conclusions section summarises the key findings of the report and is grounded in the present (in
contrast to the future research section which is future‐focused). It will be clearly structured to aid the
reader’s understanding.
It will contain no recommendations (these will be in your discussion).
No new material will be introduced in this section.
Limitations: Key things that would have helped you answer your research question more
completely has this information been available to you. This is NOT all your limitations or
personal (eg, being a junior researcher, or only having 15 weeks
Future Research
Suggest an action
Are related to discussion and conclusion
Are arranged in order of importance
Are brief
The Future Research sub‐section includes the opinions of the writer about the course of action
that should be followed. The future research focus is towards the future (in contrast to the
main body of the conclusions which are grounded in the present). These should be action‐
oriented, arranged in order of importance and not contain any new information.
Bibliography
APA referencing. See also Curtin University APA Guide on the MGT737 Moodle page.
You can use whatever source package you want to, but we suggest you use Word 2016, as we
can give you most help with that. Other applications include Zotero and Mendeley (both free).
Note: TurnItIn can be set to filter out your bibliography from its similarity score. Once TurnItIn
sees the heading “Bibliography”, it stops including items until it recognises something that is
not in reference format, and starts adding to your similarity score again. If you have a title, for
example “Works Cited”, immediately under your “Bibliography” title, the similarity score turns
on again. We recommend only using “Bibliography” as one list, and listing all your materials in
this instead of trying to split your reference lists.
Appendices
Material that is complex and/or detailed is collected at the end of the report in the Appendices so
as not to distract readers from the main theme. Include
non‐essential data, pictures, graphs and so
forth in the appendices, such as:
A scan of your NMIT Research Approval letter, or simply your research approval number
Your Informed Consent form/statement, approval emails, or confidentiality agreements, etc
Do not include your final REA or signed participant forms
Primary research graphs which are not quite relevant for the main body of the report (ie, ‘nice
to know’ rather than ‘need to know’)
Do not include raw data
Information that does not quite fit within the report, such as unpublished information sent to
you by an expert, or difficult to find material (NB: this will probably lift your similarity score, so
remember to self‐manage this and advise your supervisor accordingly)
Each item included MUST clearly relate to your research report
All Appendices must be listed in the table of contents
All Appendices should be numbered and have a title
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ASSESSMENT 6: RESEARCH REPORT/ARTICLE MARKING SCHEDULE (WEIGHTING 55%)
Student Name:
Project Title:

Section Marking Criteria A B C D E Mark
Mark
Title
x/5
Abstract
Introduction
Understandable title
Tile reflects research report content
A summary of the entire report
Maximum of 350 words
Included key section: outlining the problem
Included key section: the research design
Included key section: the results
Included key section: the learning
Supplied five or six key words
Key words denoted themes, methodologies, contexts
Defined topic
Defined context
Research question introduced
Research question is clear
Scope is appropriate and boundaries are clear
Research aims explored
Organised issues
Good links developed
Underpinned with references
Chapters previewed.
5.00
Literature Review
x/7
Good chapter introduction
Definition of key terms
Relevant and valid information
Evidence of a clear concept map
Material is related to the research question
Information generates useful lines of inquiry
Well‐synthesised ideas
Ideas present cogent view of expert field opinion
Suitable management theory explored
Rationale for management theory supplied
Management theory applied logically
Sources referenced correctly
Logical narrative flow leads into the methodology
Good chapter conclusion.
7.00
Methodology
x/5
Good chapter introduction
Philosophy explained
Inquiry strategies explained
Research design explained
Operationalisation of aims detailed
Appropriate method utilised
Very clear outline of method
Method detailed enough for replication
Report limitations and assumptions explored
Good chapter conclusion.
5.00