The aim of this unit of study is to extend the practical and theoretical knowledge, expertise, and skills of students - as managers and scholars - through an introduction to the identification of contemporary business issues and an examination of how these are addressed and informed by practitioner and academic research. The unit explores elements and factors in the external and internal environment of organisations that shape and drive sustainable value creation, and interrogates the design, findings and contribution of associated research. At the conclusion of the unit students will have a sound understanding of: the nature and interrelationships of critical business issues; the role of research in informing responses to business issues; alternative research designs; and potential research responses to business issues. As a result of these learnings, students will be in a better position to: identify business issues; situate and critique existing alternative solutions; and conduct, commission, interpret and apply business research to real life contexts.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Deconstruct the elements and factors in the external and internal environment of organisations that shape and drive sustainable value creation in the context of professional practice;  
  2. Critically review and interpret the contribution that current academic and practitioner research makes to solving business issues that arise in relation external and internal contexts of organisation;  
  3. Investigate systematically complex contemporary business problems and apply innovative problem solving skills in the development and application of relevant and effective research responses;  
  4. Extrapolate knowledge about problems and solutions relating to complex disparate issues that emerge through the literature, expert guest speakers and industry site visits; and creatively apply and communicate these insights to new situations in a clear, concise and ethical manner to peers and the community; and  
  5. Infer and elucidate relevant insights gained from a holistic investigation of business issues and research to their own field of professional practice and future doctoral research activities.  


The pass grade for this unit is 50%. However, progression to the thesis component would require a minimum 70% average across all coursework units.
Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Web-posted reflective portfolio (1,500 to 2,500 words) 25%
Report Written and oral report (3,000 to 4,000 words) 50%
Poster Poster presentation and oral examination (1,000 to 2,000 words) 25%
Total word equivalence is 8,500 words (including the oral examination). Additional Information - Web-posted reflective portfolio: The assessment will be graded on the quality of a student's initial responses (20%) and the commentary they provide on the contribution of others (5%).

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