HC3131 Integrated Business Management Project
The HC3131 Integrated Business Management Project is a core capstone unit for students undertaking their Bachelor of Business degree. Instead of lectures and tutorials, students attend fortnightly seminar and consultation sessions with their supervisor to discuss the progress of their research project. The unit requires students to undertake primary and secondary data research and produce a substantial research report. The unit aims to help students develop skills in conducting independent research, negotiating and setting critical deadlines, and effectively communicating advanced concepts and research implications through presentations and written work. The unit consists of four assessments, including a research proposal and presentation, a literature review, a presentation of findings, and a research report, which all contribute to the final grade. The unit requires students to attend all classes and complete seven hours of independent study per week. There are no set texts, but students are expected to consult textbooks used throughout their studies and undertake substantial secondary research using academic books and journals available in the Resource Centre and accessible via ProQuest.___________________________________________________________________________________________________
HC3131 Integrated Business Management Project
UNIT OVERVIEW & RATIONALE
Welcome from the Unit Coordinator, Dr Anja Michaela Fladrich
Welcome to the Integrated Business Management Project, which students usually study in their final trimester of their Bachelor of Business degree. This unit is different from other units you have studied as instead of lecturers and tutorials, you need to attend fortnightly seminar and consultation sessions with your supervisor to discuss the progress of your research project. This unit requires students to undertake primary and secondary data research and produce a substantial research report.
The Integrated Business Project (HC3131) is the core capstone unit in which students undertake independent research individually (in exceptional cases in teams) under the guidance and supervision of an appointed member of staff with established research expertise. The research project is proposed by the student and must be formally approved by the supervisor. The project will require the student to apply knowledge and skills across the disciplines in an integrative fashion. The project must be broad enough to facilitate this outcome.
UNIT OBJECTIVES & LEARNING OUTCOMES
On completing this capstone unit the students will
• Understand the stages and processes involved in conducting independent research.
• Demonstrate an ability to negotiate and set critical deadlines and work to them
• Develop a sophisticated research proposal and design and implement it
• Produce a comprehensive report indicating the relevant theoretical basis for the research, the justification for the research strategy pursued, the findings or results and the implications of these for the future. Limitations in the research will also be acknowledged.
• Effectively communicate advanced concepts and the implications of the research through presentations and written work.
1) Conducting independent research through developing a sophisticated research proposal, research design and its implementation.
2) Produce a comprehensive report indicating the relevant theoretical basis for the research, the justification for the research strategy pursued.
3) Appreciate the benefits of experiential learning by displaying good work habits, time management and self discipline.
4) Produce a comprehensive research report and effectively communicate advanced concepts and the implications of the research through additional presentations.
Awards Duration Core/Elective Unit weight
BBus, BPA, BIS, BFB 1 semester Core (BBus)
Elective (BPA, BIS, BFB) 3 credit points
Mode of delivery On campus
Prerequisites HC1062, HC1072, HC2022, HC3141
Workload Students are expected to attend all classes
Delivery 3 hrs of seminar/consultation every fortnight
Independent study 7 hrs
Unit Coordinator Dr Anja Michaela Fladrich firstname.lastname@example.org
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STUDENT ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW
ASSESSMENT TYPE DUE DATE WEIGHT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Research Proposal (10%) and Presentation (10%) Wk 4 20% 1 – 4
Literature Review Wk 9 15 % 1 – 4
Presentation of Findings Wk 12 15% 1 – 4
Research Report Wk 13 50% 1 – 4
In addition to the above-mentioned assessments, students are required to meet with their supervisor fortnightly for a progress report. Students are also encouraged to attend regular consultation sessions and submit drafts of their work.
You are expected to arrive for any presentation ahead of time. If you are late for your presentation, you may not be eligible to present and may not receive any marks. Where a business presentation involves a group, it is expected that all group members are present. Unless your lecturer advises otherwise, students are expected to dress in business attire.
For units for which a class test is part of the assessments, you need to follow the instructions by your lecturer to confirm any material allowed in the class test. You also need to follow any relevant announcement on Blackboard that confirm the date/time and venue of the class test. Please note that for some units the test may be held online. Where applicable, your lecturer will provide you with further details.
Each trimester concludes with the final examinations that are held during a designated examination period. You are expected to be present for the final examinations, which are held during Examination Week, the exact dates/times and venues are announced via your Blackboard. For each unit you will be allocated a designated seat in one of the examination venues. Your examination venue and seat will be confirmed by the end the teaching period of each trimester via your Blackboard.
STUDENT ASSESSMENT DETAILS
Item Due date Weighting Length
Research Proposal and Presentation Wk 4 20% 3 pages, 10 minutes presentation
Literature Review Wk 9 15 % 4-5 pages minimum
Presentation of Findings Wk 12 15% 15-20 minutes presentation
Research Report Wk 13 50% Minimum of 25 pages
The assessment criteria will be discussed in detail by the supervisor during seminars/consultation sessions. Students are expected to check Blackboard announcements regularly for seminar sessions.
UNIT MATERIALS AND RESOURCES
There are no set texts in this unit. However, students are expected to consult textbook purchased and used throughout their studies. Moreover, students are expected to undertake substantial secondary research making ample use of academic books and journals available in the Resource Centre and accessible via ProQuest. Please approach your supervisor if you are unsure how to use and/or access ProQuest.
STUDENT ASSESSMENT SUBMISSION AND LATE PENALTIES
To be eligible to pass this unit, you must complete all forms of assessment and demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. All assignments must be submitted electronically ONLY using a word processor, uploaded to Blackboard via the Final Check and Submission of SafeAssign.
Submission deadlines are strictly enforced and a late submission incurs penalties of 5 (five) % of the assessment value per calendar day unless an extension and/or special consideration has been granted by the lecturer prior to the assessment deadline. Unless an extension and/or special consideration has been granted, no assessments are accepted after 14 calendar days of the due date, or the end of the trimester for assessments due later in a trimester. Students need to allow up to 24 hours for the Final Check of their assignment submission to SafeAssign to be available.
STANDARD GRADING SYSTEM AND DISTRIBUTION
GRADE LETTER RANGE
High Distinction HD 80% and above
Distinction D 70 – 79%
Credit CR 60 – 69%
Pass P 50 – 59%
Fail NN 0-45% (did not meet the standard required according to the learning outcomes in the Unit Guide)
Faculty Pass* FP Awarded by Board of Examiners in exceptional circumstances
Supplementary Exam Granted (a temporary grade) NS Supplementary examination granted
Deferred Exam (a temporary grade) ND Officially Deferred examination
Fail NA Student did not submit any work according to the schedule in the Unit Guide
STUDY SKILLS & ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Students who have difficulties with their studies and/or specific forms of assessment are encouraged to contact their lecturer/tutor, academic mentor or the Student Engagement and Support Coordinator.
GLOSSARY OF DIRECTION WORDS FOR ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS
Analyse Show the nature of something identifying the essential elements and how they are related.
Argue Present the case for and/or against a particular proposition.
Compare Identify the characteristics/qualities that resemble each other. Look for similarities but also differences.
Contrast Emphasize differences between things, events, problems or qualities.
Criticise Express your judgement about the truth of factors or views mentioned. Come to conclusions and discuss the positive points as well as possible limitations.
Define Give clear and concise meanings of an item. Do not provide a detailed explanation but include limits of the definition and how the item defined differs from other items.
Describe Recount, characterise, outline and relate in sequence.
Discuss Examine, analyse and give reasons for and against. Be comprehensive in your answer and give details, usually to assess how satisfactory something is.
Evaluate Carefully appraise in relation to some standard including advantages, limitations, the costs and benefits as appropriate; attempt to make a judgement.
Examine Investigate critically, appraise a unit or matter in detail.
Explain Clarify, interpret and elaborate on the material presented. Give reasons for differences of opinion or results, and try to analyse reasons behind it.
Illustrate Use a concrete example, diagram or figure to explain or clarify a problem or issue.
Indicate Identify and then focus attention so as to clarify.
Justify Prove or give reasons for particular conclusions or decisions.
Outline Present the main features or aspects showing main points and subordinate points. Do not include minor details and emphasize the classification of things.
Review Examine a unit critically, analysing and commenting on important or controversial statements.
State Present the main points in a brief and clear sequence. Do not give specific details or examples.
Summarise Give the main points or facts in a condensed, concise form.
(Source: Adapted from Monash University, http://www.monash.edu.au/lls/llonline/quickrefs/29-direction-words.xml, accessed 14
Academic Calendar 2018
2018 Trimester 1
12 – 16 Mar 2018 Orientation Week (New Students only)
02 Mar 2018 Last date for fees payment (continuing students only)
19 Mar 2018 Trimester 1 Lectures begin
09 Apr 2018 Census Date*
09 June 2018 Trimester 1 Lectures end
10 – 14 June 2018 Study Week
15 – 24 June 2018 Examinations Week (exams may be held on all days of the weekend)
24 June 2018 Trimester 1 ends
09 July 2018 Publication of results
24 June – 16 July 2018 Holidays
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16 – 20 July 2018 Orientation Week (New Students only)
06 July 2018 Last date for fees payment (continuing students only)
23 July 2018 Trimester 2 Lectures begin
13 Aug 2018 Census Date*
13 Oct 2018 Trimester 2 Lectures end
14 – 18 Oct 2018 Study Week
19 – 28 Oct 2018 Examinations Week (exams may be held on all days of the weekend)
28 Oct 2018 Trimester 2 ends
12 Nov 2018 Publication of results
28 Oct – 12 Nov 2018 Holidays
2018/9 Trimester 3
02 Nov 2018 Last date for fees payment (continuing students only)
12 Nov 2018 Trimester 3 Lectures begin
05 Dec 2018 Census Date*
23 Dec 2018 – 4 Jan 2019 Lecture Recess
07 Jan 2019 Trimester 3 resumes
16 Feb 2019 Trimester 3 Lectures end
17 –22 Feb 2019 Study Week
23 Feb – 03 Mar 2019 Examinations Week (exams may be held on all days of the weekend)
18 Mar 2019 Publication of results
* Census Date is the last date for a student to change their enrolment, i.e. add or withdraw from units.
Sustainability has become an increasingly important issue in recent years, as the world grapples with the challenges posed by climate change, resource depletion, and social inequality. As such, the concept of sustainable consumer market development has gained traction, as businesses and consumers alike seek to create a more sustainable future. However, in order for this approach to be successful, it is crucial that ethical considerations are taken into account. In this article, we will explore the ethical approach towards sustainable consumer market development, and examine some of the key considerations that must be taken into account.
The Importance of Ethical Considerations
When it comes to sustainable consumer market development, ethical considerations are crucial. This is because sustainability is not just about environmental concerns, but also encompasses social and economic issues. For example, it is important that businesses do not exploit workers or engage in unfair labor practices, and that they promote diversity and inclusivity in their workforce. Similarly, it is important that consumers are not misled by false or deceptive advertising, and that they have access to accurate and transparent information about the products they buy.
At the heart of the ethical approach to sustainable consumer market development is the idea of responsibility. Businesses and consumers alike have a responsibility to ensure that their actions contribute to a sustainable future, and that they do not undermine the well-being of others. This requires a shift away from a purely profit-driven approach to one that takes into account the broader social and environmental impacts of economic activity.
Key Considerations for Sustainable Consumer Market Development
There are a number of key considerations that must be taken into account when developing a sustainable consumer market. These include:
Environmental Impact: One of the most important considerations when it comes to sustainable consumer market development is the environmental impact of products and services. This includes everything from the production process to the disposal of waste. It is important that businesses and consumers consider the full life cycle of products, and work to minimize their environmental impact.
Social Impact: The social impact of economic activity is another key consideration. This includes issues such as fair labor practices, human rights, and social justice. Businesses must ensure that they are not exploiting workers, engaging in discriminatory practices, or contributing to social inequality.
Economic Impact: The economic impact of sustainable consumer market development must also be taken into account. This includes issues such as access to affordable products and services, and the creation of jobs and economic opportunities. It is important that sustainable consumer market development does not undermine economic growth, but rather supports it in a sustainable manner.
Transparency and Accountability: Finally, transparency and accountability are crucial when it comes to sustainable consumer market development. Businesses must be transparent about their environmental and social impacts, and must be held accountable for their actions. Similarly, consumers must be able to access accurate and transparent information about the products they buy, and must be able to hold businesses accountable for any false or misleading claims.
Examples of Ethical Approaches to Sustainable Consumer Market Development
There are a number of examples of businesses and organizations that have taken an ethical approach towards sustainable consumer market development. These include:
Patagonia: Patagonia is a clothing company that has long been committed to sustainability and ethical business practices. The company has taken a number of steps to minimize its environmental impact, such as using recycled materials and reducing its carbon footprint. It has also been a vocal advocate for environmental and social justice issues.
The Body Shop: The Body Shop is a cosmetics company that has been committed to ethical and sustainable business practices for decades. The company has a strict no-animal-testing policy, and sources its ingredients from sustainable and ethical sources. It has also been a vocal advocate for issues such as human rights and social justice.
Fairtrade: Fairtrade is an organization that works to promote fair labor practices and economic sustainability in Ethical Approach Towards Sustainable Consumer Market Development: A Guide to Responsible Business Practices
The world we live in is experiencing unprecedented levels of consumption, and this has led to a wide range of environmental, social, and economic issues. The concept of sustainability has emerged as a means to address these issues, and businesses are now being called upon to take a more ethical and responsible approach to their practices. This article will provide an overview of the ethical approach towards sustainable consumer market development and will explore the ways in which businesses can adopt responsible business practices.
What is Sustainable Consumer Market Development?
Sustainable consumer market development refers to the development of a market that is based on principles of sustainability. This means that the market is designed to meet the needs of consumers without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable consumer market development is guided by principles of ethical and responsible business practices, and it involves a commitment to social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
Businesses can play a significant role in promoting sustainable consumer market development. By adopting responsible business practices, businesses can contribute to the development of a sustainable market that is based on ethical principles. This requires a commitment to social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and economic viability.
The Importance of Ethical and Responsible Business Practices:
Ethical and responsible business practices are essential for promoting sustainable consumer market development. Businesses have a responsibility to operate in a way that minimizes their impact on the environment, and they must also ensure that their practices are socially and economically responsible. By adopting ethical and responsible business practices, businesses can promote sustainability and contribute to the development of a sustainable consumer market.
There are several reasons why ethical and responsible business practices are important for sustainable consumer market development. Firstly, businesses that operate in an ethical and responsible manner are more likely to build a positive reputation and establish a strong relationship with their customers. This can lead to increased customer loyalty and a higher level of trust in the business.
Secondly, ethical and responsible business practices can help to reduce the negative impact of business activities on the environment. By adopting sustainable practices, businesses can reduce their carbon footprint, minimize waste and pollution, and conserve natural resources.
Finally, ethical and responsible business practices can contribute to economic sustainability. By adopting practices that are socially and economically responsible, businesses can promote economic growth and create jobs. This can have a positive impact on local communities and contribute to the development of a sustainable economy.
Adopting Ethical and Responsible Business Practices:
Adopting ethical and responsible business practices requires a commitment to social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and economic viability. Businesses must be willing to invest in sustainable practices and must be willing to make changes to their operations in order to reduce their impact on the environment and promote sustainability.
There are several steps that businesses can take to adopt ethical and responsible business practices. Firstly, businesses can develop a sustainability strategy that outlines their goals and objectives for sustainability. This strategy should be based on principles of social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and economic viability.
Secondly, businesses can invest in sustainable technology and infrastructure. This includes investing in renewable energy, reducing waste and pollution, and conserving natural resources. By adopting sustainable technology and infrastructure, businesses can reduce their impact on the environment and promote sustainability.
Finally, businesses can engage with their customers and stakeholders in order to promote sustainability. This includes educating customers about sustainable practices, engaging with stakeholders on sustainability issues, and working collaboratively with other businesses and organizations to promote sustainability.
The ethical approach towards sustainable consumer market development is essential for promoting sustainability and responsible business practices. By adopting ethical and responsible business practices, businesses can contribute to the development of a sustainable market that is based on principles of social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and economic viability. Adopting ethical and responsible
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