Subject Code: BUS606
Subject Name: Business Research Proposal Topic Selection, Justification and Presentation
Assessment Title: Assessment 1 – Individual Presentation
Weighting: 15 %
Total Marks: Length: 15
Minimum of 10 slides (+- 10%)
Due Date: Submission due Week 6– Sunday at 11.59 pm
COURSE: Master of Business (Research)
Unit: Business Research Proposal and Literature Review
Unit Code: BUS606
Assessment: Assessment 1 – Individual Presentation
Unit Learning Outcomes addressed: (a) Demonstrate an advanced ability to identify, assimilate, and review applications of, particular research techniques.
(b) Identify various means of data collection that are feasible and can be ethically enacted.
(c) Articulate and critically evaluate differences between alternative research methodologies.
(d) Explain how research outcomes may be affected by the nature and application of particular research techniques.
(e) Demonstrate an advanced ability to construct a robust methodology for addressing a research question.
(f) Explain how the use of selected methodologies is relevant to a specific research proposal.
Criteria for Assessment: • Understanding of the proposed project
• Evidence of analysis
• Organisation and use of visual aids
• Non-verbal & verbal communication skills
Assessment Task: Students are to select their proposed research topic for the Master of Business Research thesis and make a presentation to the class for at least 10 minutes followed by question and answer. The presentation is required to use PowerPoint slides.
Submission Date: Week 6– Sunday at 11.59 pm (online submission) of the PowerPoint presentation slide deck.
Total Mark & Weighting: 15 marks | 15%
Students are advised that any submissions past the due date without an approved extension or approved extenuating circumstances incur a 5% penalty per calendar day,
calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 15 will incur a 1.75 mark penalty per calendar day.
Assessment 1– Individual Presentation. Presentations will be made during the scheduled class time.
Students are required to select a proposed research topic for their Master of Business Research thesis that is aligned to one of the seven Research Clusters in the School of Business as listed below. Students are required to make a presentation for 10 minutes to the class on their proposed research topic and answer questions from the class and the lecturer. Students must conduct extensive research on the topic and must cite relevant sources to support their research proposal.
The MBR Research Clusters are:
• Cluster 1: Leadership and Management of Large Corporations
• Cluster 2: Leadership and Management of Not-for Profit Organisations
• Cluster 3: Leadership and Management of Start-ups, SMEs and Family Business
• Cluster 4: Leadership and Management of Technological and Digital Transformation
• Cluster 5: Leadership and Management of Sustainable Business Operations
• Cluster 6: Leadership and Management of Government and Multilateral Organisations
• Cluster 7: Leadership and Management of Tourism and Hospitality Organisations
The PPT presentation should address at a minimum the following points:
1. The proposed title of the research project (maximum 12 words)
2. The Research Cluster of the project
3. The research objective
4. The motivation for conducting the research
5. A justification of the importance and significance of the research project
6. An overview of the relevant literature and prior research concerning the proposed research project
7. The proposed method for collecting data and other evidence when executing the research project
8. Discussion of expected challenges and proposed solutions to these challenges when conducting the research
9. The expected contribution to the field of knowledge from undertaking the research
10. Reference list comprising a minimum of 10 references
• A PowerPoint presentation in class with a minimum of 10 slides
• The PowerPoint presentation must go for a minimum of 10 minutes. Please allow an additional 5 minutes for questions time if requested by your lecturer or other students in the class.
• Your PPT should be converted into PDF and uploaded via Turnitin on the Sunday of the Presentation week.
• Appropriate and accurate use of the APA referencing system for in-text citation as well as a reference list
You must use a minimum of 10 references. These must be authoritative and comprise of primarily academic references (e.g. journal article or textbook) or other authoritative sources such as government reports.
Criteria HD (High Distinction) 85%-100% DN (Distinction)
75%-84% CR (Credit) 74%-65% P (Pass)
50%-64% F (Fail)
Understanding of the
3 marks Builds a convincing argument showing how all key points are integrated
Uses examples to elaborate on the key points and theory
Builds a convincing argument showing how key issues, analysis, and recommendations are
Includes all issues,
recommendations but with
Not integrated with theory or are not justified
Includes some issues but
analysis glossed over
Team seemed uncomfortable to go beyond key facts.
Key points left out
No grasp of issues that faced the client. Over-reliance on notes
Evidence of analysis
5 marks Able to use references to back up claims and recommendations made
Recommendations clearly come from the analysis of the project.
Evidence of extensive research and analysis: journals, prescribed text, other books, verified websites, primary research
Used references to justify analysis
Background research and analysis of this is clearly
Steps used are shown and some rationale for the development of
Steps used in the analysis shown but little justification why or how these are used to develop
No references to any sources
Suggestions/recommendations just seem to appear.
Organisation and Use of
5 marks Ideas are clearly organised so audience can follow easily. The purpose of the presentation is clear in all stages and there is a seamless transition between speakers.
Graphics and text are well integrated into the presentation. The text is appropriate for the content and room size.
Visual presentation complements rather than
Main ideas are presented in a logical manner. Flow of presentation is smooth between speakers.
Shows that the group has
Text clearly summarises the key points. Graphics and text do not distract attention from the speaker or content. Use of visual aids is consistent across the entire presentation.
Main ideas are presented in a logical manner. Flow of presentation may be awkward. Group members demonstrate that they have worked on the presentation as a whole. All group members take an equal share in presentation.
Group uses graphics but often differs from a verbal presentation. Not summarised so presenters end up reading off-board.
Differing styles with differing speakers.
Ideas are not focused. Audience may have difficulty following argument. Main points are difficult to identify. There is no transition between key points. There is an awkward transition between speakers.
Presentation appears to be done by individuals rather than group.
Group uses graphics but is not supported by text or presentation. Text is too dense – too much info on a slide.
Differing styles with
differing speakers No structure to the presentation
Audience cannot follow sequence
No introduction or conclusion
Apparent that group is not
working well together
Group members missing
(without valid reason) or not
Presents content with no
PowerPoint or overhead slides
2 marks & Verbal Constantly looks at
Shows enthusiasm for their work and how this will help
All group members use a clear voice and correct, precise pronunciation of terms so that all audience
members can hear
Acts in a very professional
Generally, presenter looks at audience during
Shows expression consistent with
Uses gestures to point out or highlight presentation
All voices are clear
Occasionally looks at audience during
Voice is generally clear
Generally, speaks directly to the audience
Some reading off the board
Some group members difficult to understand
because of rushed speech
Only focuses attention on one particular part of the audience, does not scan
Voice is low
Constantly talks to the
board, not the audience
Some use of filler words
Audience members have
Does not attempt to look at the audience at all, reads notes the entire time
Distracting gestures (fidgeting) while presenting or waiting to present
Excessive use of filler words
(e.g. um, er, ah, like)
Use of offensive language
Use of slang