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Assessment Title: Assessment 1
Weighting: 25%

Due Date: Week 8 (Task 1A)
Week 9 (Task 1B)

COURSE: Master of Business (Research)
Unit: Foundational Skills for Academic Research
Unit Code: BUS600
Type of Assessment: Assessment 1 – Individual Assessment
Unit Learning Outcomes addressed: a) Analyse and reflect critically on a range of materials and sources presented in written, spoken, visual and numerical format.
b) Describe and discuss the key features, constituent process and constraints of academic research.
c) Communicate ideas and concepts in language and structure appropriate to an academic research context.
d) Articulate and express ideas and information in academic format as specified by the Excelsia College minimum academic standards, including appropriate use of the APA referencing style.
e) Understand the personal, intellectual and practical requirements for successful research at a postgraduate level.
Criteria for Assessment: • Demonstrated understanding of the structure and content of a peer-reviewed article.
• Demonstrated ability to discuss academic research with clarity and coherence, and to sustain argumentation on points of theoretical and methodological substance and/or concern.
Assessment Task: Task 1a. Write an article summary
Students are required to select one empirical, peer-reviewed journal article and write a one page summary analysis (single space, 12 font size) to be submitted online via Turnitin in week 9. Your summary should include responses to the following:
1. What is the topic?
2. What is the research question/problem/ hypothesis? 3. What are the predictions and the rationale for these predictions?
4. What methods were used (participants, sampling, materials, procedure)?
5. What were the main results?
6. Are the findings supported by previous research?
7. What are the limitations of the study?
8. What are the implications of the findings?
Task 1b: Presentation on the critical thinking process leading to
the article summary
Students are also required to create a short presentation of about 5-7 slides, where each student will be expected to demonstrate their mastery of the process of critically analysing a journal article. Please
. Design a PPT deck - similar to what you would have done if presenting in class and submit via Turnitin. (All summative assignments must be submitted via Turnitin).
. Record an AUDIO FILE of their presentation. This can be done in various formats; although the MP3 file format is most commonly used and if compressed is a smaller file than an uncompressed audio or video file.
. Email the file to your Lecturer (Outlook can allow 32MB). If you are unable to attach the file due to size then request your Lecturer to provide you the option of uploading the file on OneDrive; link to be shared with your Lecturer.
see the submission guidelines below:
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Submission Date: Week 8 (Task 1A) Week 9 (Task 1B)
Total Mark & Weighting: 15% (Task 1A)
10% (Task 1B)

MARKING GUIDE (RUBRIC):
Assessment Criteria
Total Marks -25
Task 1a. Write an article summary
• Understanding of the structure and content of a peer-reviewed article.
• Demonstrated ability to discuss academic research with clarity and coherence, and to sustain argumentation on points of theoretical and methodological substance and/or concern.
• Using correct referencing style (APA) 15
Task 1b: Presentation on the critical thinking process leading to the article summary
• Identification and implementation of a critical analysis process/framework.
• Demonstrated understanding of the critical analysis process.
• Demonstrated ability to discuss their critical analysis journey with respect to the process undertaken to analyse the article of their choice. 10

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