EXMBM531-20S (HAM)

Applied Research and Consultancy Practices

30 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper has two components that run concurrently: Applied Business Research and Internship Consultancy Project. Your 531 paper begins with a series of taught workshops that will accelerate development of your applied business research and workplace readiness skills.

Applied Business Research- Case Study

Learn how to undertake applied business research by working on a case study that will require you to write a business research proposal and a business research report. As part of your taught sessions, you will learn how to: gather information from a variety of sources and then to analyse this information write your proposal and report. Much of this will involve information gathering and analysis, including producing a simple financial evaluation of your recommendations and having a sound theoretical foundation for your research. Further, you will also consider the ethical implications of research and be able to distinguish clearly between primary and secondary research. The main requirements are the applied business research proposal and the applied business research report (5000-7000 words). Each student will be supervised by an academic supervisor.

Internship Consultancy Project (On campus and Remote)

In 2021, you will also participate in an Internship Consultancy Lab hosted at the Waikato Management School for over four weeks during which you will work as a team of consultants to undertake an internship project for a local business organisation. You are required to work in groups on your assigned internship project for approximately 20-25 hours each week (total 100 hours). You will work closely with your industry mentor from the host organisation and the Director of WMS Employment Engagement for the duration of this project.

Your internship project will provide you with practical experience to understand a business and their operating environment while giving you the opportunity to build professional credibility. Your internship will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to conduct yourself in business and how to contribute value to the organisation. Through this experience, you will understand what businesses look for when they make decisions to add high-value team members, and you will have the opportunity to learn the skills to present yourself as a competent contributor.

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Paper Structure

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Plan, develop and write an applied business research proposal and report for any business
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  • Gather information with appropriate citations and referencing to provide practical and theoretical evidence for information collected
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  • Understand the ethics of business research and apply them appropriately
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  • Integrate learnings from the MBM programme to successfully undertake an applied research report project and consultancy project
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Assessment

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Please refer to moodle for details on assessment structure and schedule. It is expected you have read the Corporate & Executive Education Policies.

PLEASE NOTE: The University has zero-tolerance for Plagiarism.

All assessment must be submitted as a Word document, unless otherwise stated.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Business Research Proposal (Individual)
13 Nov 2020
11:00 PM
15
2. DRAFT Business Research Report (Individual)
6 Jan 2021
11:00 PM
25
3. FINAL Business Research Report and Video Presentation (Individual)
22 Mar 2021
11:00 PM
20
4. Interim Internship Presentation (Group)
29 Apr 2021
11:00 PM
10
5. Final Internship Presentation and Report (Group)
13 May 2021
11:00 PM
20
6. Internship Assessment 3
17 May 2021
11:00 PM
10
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Online Support

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Workload

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The workload associated with this paper is 300 hours. This includes 30 hours of taught classes and supervision sessions with your supervisor. You will complete 100 hours in your internship and the remaining 170 hours is to do the research for your paper, develop your literature review and write up your findings and recommendations and complete your presentation

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Restricted papers: EXPM509

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