The main component of the EBMGN421 course is the management report, which should be an academic challenge for you. The purpose of the management report is to allow you to carry out a self-managed piece of work that provides an in-depth investigation of a management issue relevant to your field of work, field of study or area of interest.
By now, you have been trained in how to research a topic and gather data to support your conclusions. You have taken courses such as EBMGN 405 - Technology and Management and EBMGN365 - Research Methods that have given you the necessary training and tools. You will be required to use skills from these courses for this project.
For your report, you will research data through both primary and secondary resources. As part of the research element, you will have to produce a detailed research proposal. After this is approved, you will then start to create the report.
You are expected to present a substantial piece of work in the form of a written project.
|1.||Research and analyse issues in your chosen subject|
|2.||Formulate strategies for successful research|
|3.||Select and use the right research methods to collect data to support your research|
|4.||Synthesize and analyze data to generate and support conclusions|
|5.||Present and justify conclusions and associated recommendations|
The entire project will be 60% of the total grades for this project.
|1.||Research Terminology & Skills|
|a. Research Terminology||100||20%|
|a. Research Proposal||100||15%|
|b. Research Report||100||55%|
|c. Research Presentation||100||15%|
Before starting the research process, it is important to understand different ways to conduct research and research-specific vocabulary. This first task gives the student the opportunity to broaden their research vocabulary.Â
The collection of primary and secondary data is only one step in the research process. The method used to transform the data into information is of equal if not greater importance. The display of information can affect how easy it is to understand and use. This task is to help refresh some of the terms that you may have already learnt and introduce a couple of new ones.
Research terms have been selected for you. You will find them here.
|1.||research strategies||5.||quantitative research (examples/tools)|
|2.||research proposal||6.||secondary research (examples/sources)|
|3.||data collection methods||7.||primary research (examples/sources)|
|4.||qualitative research (examples/tools)||8||literature review|
Part 1: Task
Once you have selected your research term and have discussed it with your instructor, you will research this item and make a summary (approximately 800-1000 words) of the main points in your own words, with references. This summary should then be posted under the discussion heading Task 1, Part 1 - Research Terms.
You will need to reference quotes and use relevant examples fpr your chosen research term in order to get higher marks. Use many sources and include them in your posting and provide clear definitions and explanations. This is to be posted by February, 18th, 11:00 pm.Â Late submissions will lose marks as per the late policy in the Student Handbook. The weight for the marks are below:
Select one item from the second list below of research terms:
|1.||management information systems||5.||how to display information collected by surveys and questionnaires|
|2.||resources for secondary information||6.||diagrams that can be used to display visual information|
|3.||statistical tools used to summarise data||7.||how to use interviews to collect information|
|4.||how questionnaires and surveys are used to collect information||8||meaning of research|
Part 2: Task
Students are required to investigate their chosen concept and make a summary (max 700 words) of the main points and make a posting under the discussion heading Task 1, Part 2 - Further Research Terms.
You will need to reference quotes and use relevant examples for your chosen research term in order to get higher marks. Use many sources and include them in your posting and provide clear definitions and explanations. This is to be posted by to March, 2nd, 2010.Â Late submissions will lose marks. The weight for the marks are below:
You are now in the final steps to obtaining your Bachelor's degree. You have conducted research in your previous studies and this project is to help you link everything together. You can use issues at work, personal interests or even topics linked to the Domestic Violence Project. In any of these, you should be able to identify management research areas and techniques which you will eventually research in more detail.
This is great opportunity to showcase your research skills to your employer, your classmates and your instructor.
You need to prepare a research proposal on a topic. As mentioned above, you can use issues at work, personal interests or even topics linked to the Domestic Violence Project. Please see the approved list of topics here.
The research proposal should not be more than three pages. You will need to include the following in your proposal:
|3.||Research objectives or questions|
You will also have to be prepared to discuss and defend your chosen topic during a short informal presentation to your instructor and classmates. This will take place March 14 and March 16.
You need to complete the research proposal by March 11 and you will present March 14.
|Category:||10 (Excellent)||8.5 (Very Good)||7.5 (Good)||6 (Needs Improvement)|
|Research Question||Has a good, coherent, and researchable research question.||Has a solid, coherent, and researchable research question.||Has a fairly good researchable research question.||Has a research question that isnâ€™t focused.|
|Introduction||Creates an introduction that justifies and explains the significance of the subject.||Creates an introduction that attempts to justify and explain the significance of the subject.||Creates an introduction that begins to justify and explain the significance of the subject.||Creates an introduction that does not justify and explains the significance of the subject.|
|Annotations||Creates three annotations that do a good job summarising the texts.||Creates three annotations that do a solid job summarising the texts.||Creates three annotations that do a fair job summarising the texts.||Creates three annotations.|
|Reliability of Sources||All sources appear reliable||All sources might be reliable.||All sources are verifiable.||There are not at least three sources.|
|Outline||The outline will help the writer create a high quality research project.||The outline might help the writer create a high quality research project.||The outline has an limited chance of helping the writer create a quality research project.||The outline is not extant or is poorly done.|
No tense or agreement problems.
No misused words.
1-2 tense or agreement problems per page.
3+ agreement problems per page.
Many misused words.
|Very imprecise language.
4+ agreement problems per page.
A great many misused words.
Very repetitive language.Â
|Oral Defense||Is able to defend topic well and shows a good understanding of components||Is able to defend topic and shows a sound understanding of components||Is able to defend topic somewhat and shows little understanding of components||Is unable to defend topic and shows a little understanding of components|
The purpose of the management report is to allow the student to carry out a self-managed piece of work that provides an in-depth investigation of a management issue relevant to the studentâ€™s own field of study or particular interest.
The management report allows the student to critically evaluate and synthesize relevant philosophies, theories and models of management, by undertaking a process of enquiry, using primary and/or secondary data sources to contribute to the body of knowledge in the domain of management.
It is a major part of EBMG461 â€“ Final Research Project and should be an academic challenge for the student.
You need to do what you wrote in the research proposal:
|Part 1||In order for you to succeed in this project you may need to rethink and produce a more detailed action plan for the project than what was provided as part of your initial research proposal. This revised action plan will need to cover the next seven (7) weeks in detail. All students are required to resubmit their action plan by March 21. It must be complete and detailed and it is recommended that you use either MS Project or Excel and present this as a Gantt chart.|
|Part 2||You need to execute your proposal and follow your action plan deadlines.
You need to produce a research report of approximately 6,000 words.
There are various ways to construct a research report but all must contain table of contents, good headings, and references. A suggested structure is set out below together with a suggested content size for each area. This is a suggestion only as the nature of your research will influence the format of the report. Some may have a greater portion devoted to reviewing current literature while others may have a greater emphasis on the analysis of data.
|1.||Title Page||title, subtitle, date of completion, client organization|
|2.||Abstract||a detailed summary of the whole report|
|3.||Table of Contents|
|4.||List of Illustrations|
|5.||Introduction||aims, contextual and background information, signposts to the sequencing of material (10% of content)|
|6.||Literature review||25% of content|
|7.||Methodology||justification and evaluation of methodology, sampling, pre-testing and piloting of measuring instruments, ethical issues (10% of content)|
|8.||Results of Discussion||40% of content|
Final reports must be submitted by May 23. It must have a Safe Assign report attached and no reports will be accepted without one.
- MS Word 2003 (to assure correct review within SafeAssign)
- Times New Roman 11pt Font
- 1.5 times spacing
- MLA Referencing
The final assessment for EBMG-N461 is the oral presentation of your management report. This is a KCA (Key Common Assessment) presentation Â which is worth 15% of your final mark. This year there are three colleges involved.
The length of your presentation should last between 30-40 minutes andÂ itÂ includes time for questions by yourÂ examiners.Â You will be told the exact date of the presentation by your instructor but it will normally occur during exam week.
|Methodology (Explain how you have accomplished your research)
|What have you learned
|Questions and Answers
|Presentation and delivery
Final marks will be determined using the scale below:
|8.5 - 10||
|6 - 8.4||
|0 - 5.9||