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Tutorial Letter 101/0/2016
HRBUS83 - Research Project
(Business Management)

Department of Business Management

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This tutorial letter contains important information about module HRBUS83.

YOU MUST READ THROUGH THIS TUTORIAL LETTER AND BECHONB/301/3/2016.

Open Rubric

CONTENTS
Page
1

INTRODUCTION ..........................................................................................................................3

2

PURPOSE OF AND OUTCOMES FOR THE MODULE ................................................................ 3

2.1

Purpose ........................................................................................................................................3

2.2

Learning outcomes .......................................................................................................................4

3

LECTURER(S) AND CONTACT DETAILS................................................................................... 4

3.1

Coordinator and lecturer/supervisor .............................................................................................. 4

3.2

Department ...................................................................................................................................4

3.3

Unisa contact details .....................................................................................................................4

4

MODULE-RELATED RESOURCES ............................................................................................. 6

4.1

Prescribed books ..........................................................................................................................6

5

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE MODULE ............................................................... 6

6

MODULE-SPECIFIC STUDY PLAN ............................................................................................. 7

7

MODULE PRACTICAL WORK AND WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING .................................. 12

8

ASSESSMENT ...........................................................................................................................12

8.1

Final/year mark ...........................................................................................................................12

8.2

Assignment numbers and due dates ........................................................................................... 12

8.3

Submission of assignments ........................................................................................................ 12

8.4

Assignment queries ....................................................................................................................13

9

OTHER ASSESSMENT METHODS ........................................................................................... 13

10

EXAMINATION ...........................................................................................................................13

11

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ........................................................................................ 13

12

CONCLUSION ............................................................................................................................13

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APPENDIX A: ASSIGNMENT .................................................................................................... 14

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HRBUS83/101/0/2016
1

INTRODUCTION

Dear Student

Please note!
This tutorial letter should be read in conjunction with the my Studies @ Unisa brochure.
As the honours subjects are offered online, it is absolutely essential that you register for and use myUnisa (see the my Studies @ Unisa brochure for details) as well as registering for your myLife email address, as this will give you direct access to important information, enable you to receive communication from Unisa, and allow you to perform tasks such as updating your personal information, submitting assignments, confirming receipt of assignments, obtaining assignment marks, obtaining examination time tables and results, joining online discussion forums and many more.

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the BCom Honours in Business Management and, more specifically, to the Research Project (Business Management) module. This is most likely your first exposure to the practice of academic research. So, in this module you will have the opportunity to implement what you have learnt or are learning in the Research Methodology module (HMEMS80).
You will receive a number of tutorial letters during the year. You have to read all of them! A tutorial letter is our way of communicating with you about teaching, learning and assessment. Tutorial Letter 101 (this tutorial letter) contains important information about the scheme of work, resources and assignments for this subject. We urge you to read it carefully and to keep it at hand when working through the study material, preparing the assignment(s), preparing for the examination and addressing questions to your lecturers/supervisors. In this module we will focus on developing an acceptable research proposal that outlines the what, why, where, when, who and how of your proposed research.

What to do first!
Send an email to bmpostgrad@unisa.ac.za. In this email please include your name, student number and the specialisation modules of your Honours degree. We will allocate you a supervisor and inform you who this person is. Start with Assignment 1 immediately. You do not need a supervisor for it. Once you have a supervisor you may contact that person for all academic assistance. This will also be the person who will be marking your written assignments during the year.

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PURPOSE OF AND OUTCOMES FOR THE MODULE

2.1

Purpose

The purpose of this module is to equip you with the competencies required to plan a business research project and write up an acceptable research proposal. You will be able to gather, analyse, evaluate and apply information and knowledge, as well as reason and debate in written format a specific topic, recognising existing research on the topic and integrate appropriate research methodologies in the field of business management.

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2.2

Learning outcomes

After completing this subject, you should be able to:
• Undertake a comprehensive high-level search of the academic literature by applying appropriate search methods
• Write in an academic style
• Critically analyse and summarise the existing academic literature applicable to a topic under investigation • Write a literature review (2500 – 3000 words)
• Synthesise an outline for a research proposal, comprising a title, a background and context to the research in which an information gap is identified, a research question, and research objectives, based on a review of the literature
• Write the research methodology for a proposed research project, describing the proposed approach and intended steps and methods of the study.
• Write a complete research proposal (of a maximum 7000 words)
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LECTURER(S) AND CONTACT DETAILS

3.1

Coordinator and lecturer/supervisor

Prof EJ Ferreira is the coordinator of this module. Your supervisor is the person allocated to you once you have emailed bmpostgrad@unisa.ac.za.
E-mail: bmpostgrad@unisa.ac.za
Once you have sent us your detail and a supervisor is allocated to you, then you need to contact that person for all academic issues. Supervisors will only be able to assist with enquiries of an academic nature, such as enquiries about the contents of the assignments. It is important to note that it is your responsibility to find the material you require to work on your research proposal. Your supervisor will not assist you with finding sources. That is your job and part of the learning process.

3.2

Department

The contact information for the Department of Business Management is as follows:
E-mail: busman@unisa.ac.za

3.3

Unisa contact details

Please note that the general Unisa Contact Centre (UCC) number has been disconnected. You are now requested to contact Unisa via SMS, myUnisa and e-mail. Please send an SMS to 32695 or send an email to info@unisa.ac.za and we will provide you with the information you require.
If you need to contact the University about matters not related to the content of this module, please consult My studies @ Unisa brochure. In this brochure, you will find the contact details of various administrative departments. You can also find this brochure on myUnisa under the “Resources” option.
Remember to always have your student number ready when making an enquiry.
You can contact Unisa as follows:
Unisa website (http://www.unisa.ac.za & http://mobi.unisa.ac.za)
All study-related information is now available on the new Unisa corporate website in both web and mobi formats.

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HRBUS83/101/0/2016 myUnisa (https://my.unisa.ac.za/portal & https://my.unisa.ac.za/portal/pda)
You can access your own information via the myUnisa website or mobi site.
E-mail (info@unisa.ac.za)
You may send an e-mail to info@unisa.ac.za for information on how to contact Unisa via e-mail.
SMS (32695) – only for students in South Africa
You may send an SMS to 32695 for more information on how to contact Unisa via SMS. The sender will receive an auto-response SMS with the various SMS options. The cost to the student per SMS is R1,00.
Fax (012 429 4150)
You will be able to fax your enquiries to 012 429 4150; where after the relevant department will distribute and process them.
Physical address

University of South Africa
Preller Street
Muckleneuck, Pretoria

Postal address

University of South Africa
PO Box 392
Unisa
0003

The following departments took over the functions of the Unisa Contact Centre (UCC):

Directorate/business unit

Short SMS code

E-mail address

Student Admissions and
Registrations

43578

study-info@unisa.ac.za

Student Assessment and
Administration

43584

For exams: exams@unisa.ac.za
For assignments:assign@unisa.ac.za

Dispatch

43579

despatch@unisa.ac.za

Finance

43583

finan@unisa.ac.za

ICT (myUnisa & myLife)

43582

myUnisaHelp@unisa.ac.za myLifeHelp@unisa.ac.za You must give us your student number and the course code for this module (HRBUS83) whenever you send us an enquiry.

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4

MODULE-RELATED RESOURCES

4.1

Prescribed books

There are no prescribed books for HRBUS83.
Books that could be helpful (but you are not required to buy them) during the year are:





Babbie, E. 2008. The Basics of Social Research. 4th ed. Chapman University: Thomson
Wadsworth.
Creswell, J.W. 2016. Research Design, Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. 4th ed.
Sage Publications: United States of America.
Salkind, N. 2012. Exploring research. 8th edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson
International.

We will communicate with you in a series of tutorial letters posted on myUnisa. In these tutorial letters we will indicate what we expect you to study. We will provide you with some of our insight about the topics that we want you to cover.
Many years ago, universities based their teachings on core academic articles and books that students were expected to read. In fact, university students were said to “read for a degree” and not simply
“study a degree.” In these early days, lectures were occasionally given by professors only to support the readings of students and to help clarify issues the students might have encountered in their readings. Over the years, this process of reading for a degree was replaced by regular lectures often based on the content of a single main textbook known as a prescribed book.
Because of the dynamic nature of the web and because of the many different views and opinions that exist, we plan to revert to the original way of teaching through readings. This does not mean we think the old way is best. However, modern technology such as the web and the fast-changing academic world makes ‘readings’ (drawing on the wealth of information that is available today rather than just giving you our narrow view of the world) is more relevant than ever before.
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STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE MODULE

Student support services offered at Unisa are detailed in the My studies @ Unisa brochure. This brochure is found under the “study” section and then under “download brochures”. Please familiarise yourself with this brochure. It could save you a lot of time later on during the year.

VERY IMPORTANT: MYLIFE E-MAIL ADDRESS
Irrespective of whatever e-mail address you provided Unisa upon registration, Unisa will ONLY communicate with you using the myLife e-mail address which is based on your student number. This email address remains with you for life. You MUST use this email address to view any correspondence from Unisa, otherwise you will NOT receive any communication from Unisa. To register for the myLife email account, visit this web page: http://mylife.unisa.ac.za.
Honours students are expected to have access to the internet and the web. All your tutorial letters and related materials and communications, will be made available to you via myUnisa. Unisa does make computers available to students at the main campus and at branches. The myUnisa learning management system is Unisa's online campus that will help you to communicate with your lecturers, with other students and with the administrative departments of Unisa – all through the computer and the web.

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HRBUS83/101/0/2016
TO REITERATE:
We use myUnisa to communicate with our students, so it is advisable that you register with this service as quickly as possible and visit myUnisa regularly to keep abreast of new developments or changes. Think about checking myUnisa for any communication from the lecturer/Department before contacting us telephonically, as your query may already have been answered on myUnisa.
To go to the myUnisa website, start at the main Unisa website, http://www.unisa.ac.za, and then click on the “Login to myUnisa” link on the right-hand side of the screen. This should take you to the myUnisa website. You can also go there directly by typing in http://my.unisa.ac.za.
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MODULE-SPECIFIC STUDY PLAN

The myUnisa website has been developed to supplement and enhance academic interaction and improve communication between yourself and Unisa. At Unisa we believe that part of the learning process is to be part of the learning community where you can test your thinking and growth with peers.
Thus, you are given the opportunity to engage with class mates and lecturers through the online discussion forums and e-mail.

You will have to spend at least 360 hours on this module, spread over approximately 45 weeks of study, in other words about 8 hours per week. In order to facilitate your learning process, we will provide you with a learning programme that offers a framework by means of which you should approach your studies. This programme allocates sufficient time to work through each assignment systematically, do your assignments and prepare the research proposal.

There are 9 assignments (all are compulsory) plus the final research proposal. Assignment 1 can be found in APPENDIX A. The remainder of the assignments will be made available on myUnisa in the form of Tutorial letters starting with 10, for example Tutorial letter 102, 103, etc. The tutorial letters with suggested solutions will be posted on myUnisa sometime after the due dates of the assignments.
These tutorial letters will start with 20, for example Tutorial letter 201, 202, etc.

DATES
1 March –
23 March

(MARCH 2016 TO JANUARY 2017)
TUTORIAL LETTER
TOPIC(S)
HRBUS83/101/0/2016
• In this tutorial letter we outline what is expected of you and
(This Tutorial Letter) we provide you with assignment 1. You should read this tutorial letter thoroughly as well as tutorial letter 301.
Make sure you understand all aspects of your University studies clearly. Focus especially on this suggested study plan and adapt it to fit in with your own circumstances. Copy it, rework it to meet your needs and print it out and put it somewhere where you will see it. Remember, this is a 36credit module. Normal six-month undergraduate modules are 12 credits while standard one-year honours modules are
24 credits. This means that we will expect a lot more from you in this module than anything you have done before!
• No matter how you juggle your own study plan, the assignment and other dates are fixed and cannot be changed. If you submit late, you will receive ‘0’ for that assignment. Assignments count 70% towards the final mark for this module.

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DATES
24 March –
29 March

31 March

1 April –
12 April

13-14 April
15 April

16 April –
27 April
28-29 April
29 April

1-19 May

8

(MARCH 2016 TO JANUARY 2017)
TUTORIAL LETTER
TOPIC(S)
Complete assignment 1 • Do assignment 1.
• You can use the discussion forum on myUnisa to discuss the assignment with other students. From time to time I will monitor these online discussions and make comments as is necessary. If you experience a specific problem, you may contact your supervisor by email. st 1 COMPULSORY
• Assignment 1 comprises 20 MCQs and is available in
ASSIGNMENT (5%)
TL101.
(This assignment counts
5% towards final mark)
Due date: 31 March 2016
HRBUS83/102/0/2016
• You will find this tutorial letter on myUnisa.
(Tutorial letter 102)
• The focus of this tutorial letter is to teach you how to search for and find suitable academic information to use in your research. All academic research builds on existing published research as well as specialist information and knowledge to create something additional that will add to the existing body of knowledge.
• Finding suitable existing research and related information is not always that easy.
• In this tutorial letter, we will do the following: o introduce you to the online world as a source of information o introduce you to search engines and explain how they work o introduce you to your web browser as a search tool o train you to pick out suitable keywords for your research o introduce you to Google and highlight various search features on Google o explain the best way to identify suitable search results o provide you with a guide and tools to evaluate your search results o examine other search opportunities o help you to obtain suitable results from your library.
Complete assignment 2 • Do assignment 2 which is contained in TL102.
• Assignment 2 may contain questions based on HMEMS80. nd 2 COMPULSORY
• Assignment 2 comprises 20 MCQs.
ASSIGNMENT (5%)
Due date: 15 April 2016
HRBUS83/103/0/2016
• In this tutorial letter we will introduce you to academic writing, plagiarism and referencing.
• It also contains assignments 3 and 4.
Complete assignment 3 • Do assignment 3 which is contained in TL103.
3rd COMPULSORY
• Assignment 3 comprises 20 MCQs.
ASSIGNMENT (5%)
Due date: 30 April 2016
Complete assignment 4 • Do assignment 4 which is also contained in TL103.
• Assignment 4 comprises a 2-3 page review of academic articles in business management.
• The review will comprise an overall academic review of the articles as well as a summary of the methodology followed.
• URL links of the articles are provided in tutorial letter 103.
• No discussions are permitted on myUnisa during this time

HRBUS83/101/0/2016

DATES

20 May

21 – 27 May

28 – 31 May
1 June

2 – 21 June

(MARCH 2016 TO JANUARY 2017)
TUTORIAL LETTER
TOPIC(S)
and special software will be used to detect whether any substantial copying has taken place between students in terms of the review you submit. This assignment has to be you own work. th 4 COMPULSORY
• Your review must be submitted as a PDF document via
ASSIGNMENT (3%) myUnisa. Due date: 20 May 2016
HRBUS83/104/0/2016
• So far you have learnt to search for academic articles, to review articles and to write in an academic style. You will now use these skills to begin preparing your proposal.
Tutorial letter 104 provides you with instructions on: o the purpose is of a research proposal o the typical structure is of a typical proposal o how to identify an information gap or research problem o how to document the information gap/research problem o how to describe the context within which the research will take place o how to set objectives for your study o how to compose a title for your study o how to record and use references
• You will also learn how to document these thoughts into a succinct draft proposal.
Complete assignment 5 • Do assignment 5 which is contained in TL104.
5th COMPULSORY
• You will obtain dissertations on the Internet and evaluate the
ASSIGNMENT (2%) abstracts and titles of these dissertations.
Due date: 1 June 2016
Complete assignment 6 • Do assignment 6 which is also contained in TL104.
• Assignment 6 requires you to:

o identify and evaluate the link between the different components of dissertations o evaluate the appropriateness of the research methodology used in dissertations o evaluate the feasibility of a study
22 June

23 June –
10 July

6th COMPULSORY
ASSIGNMENT (10%)
Due date: 22 June 2016
HRBUS83/105/0/2016

• Submit via myUnisa.
• Tutorial letter 105 will prepare you for your honours research proposal. We will do the following: o Give you a brief overview of the scientific method. o Expose you to the concept of summaries (related to
Assignment 07). o Explain the process connected to summarising an article (related to Assignment 07). o Provide you with the titles of eight pre-selected articles which must be located and summarized accordingly
(related to Assignment 07). o Expose you to the concept of a literature review
(related to Assignment 08). o Explain the procedures connected to writing a literature review (related to Assignment 08). o Provide you with a pre-selected topic for which you have to conduct a literature review (related to
Assignment 08).

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DATES
11 July –
19 July
20 July

(MARCH 2016 TO JANUARY 2017)
TUTORIAL LETTER
TOPIC(S)
Complete assignment 7 • Do assignment 7 as outlined in TL105.
7th COMPULSORY
ASSIGNMENT (10%)
Due date: 20 July 2016

Refer to
HRBUS83/105/0/2016

21 July –
6 September

Complete assignment 8

7 September

8th COMPULSORY
ASSIGNMENT (15%)
Due date:
7 September 2016
HRBUS83/106/0/2016

8 – 21
September

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• URL links of 8 articles are provided in tutorial letter 105. You must: o locate and download the articles by accessing the library online o summarise the articles o submit summaries of the articles as one PDF document
• We will only mark a selection of these. If you do not complete all the summaries, your mark will be adjusted accordingly. So if you complete only two summaries, you will receive 2/8’s of the mark we allocated for the summary we have chosen to mark. If you receive 60% for the summary, your final mark for this assignment will be 15% (2/8 x 60).
• Based on your review of the articles you have identified, your next learning experience is to prepare a comprehensive background and literature review for your proposal. This literature review will be submitted as assignment 8. Essentially you will draw on the summaries you reviewed as part of assignment 7, as well as on the other additional articles you have found in the literature and reviewed separately. Your background and literature review examines (a) the context of your study and (b) synthesises the key academic views on the topic drawn from the academic literature and presented as a single, fully referenced document of about 2500-3000 words. This document will also be word-count restricted. Your assignment will be submitted online. We expect you to draw on at least 15 to 20 references.
• Do assignment 8.
• Check your layout, headings, writing style, overall presentation. • Include the information gap/problem statement/research question and research objectives (based on what you submitted for the draft proposal – see assignment 7 and given the corrections you made based on our feedback).
• Submit via myUnisa.

• Your next learning experience is to prepare an appropriate, logical and feasible research methodology that explains clearly how you plan to do the research. In TL 106 we will provide you with an overview of the key decisions you will need to make and will provide you will information and readings to help you decide what methods are best. These include: o Whether the research will be quantitative or qualitative o What your population is and how you will sample this population o How you will identify, approach and interview respondents o What research instrument you will use o How you will gather, capture and edit the data

HRBUS83/101/0/2016
(MARCH 2016 TO JANUARY 2017)
DATES
TUTORIAL LETTER
TOPIC(S)
o How you will analyse the data and present your findings
22 September Complete assignment 9 • Write your research methodology.
– 8 November
• Include your research question/problem statement.
• Include your research objectives.
• Format the document so that it reads logically and is properly structured.
• Save as a PDF document.

9 November

10 November

10 November
– 19 January

20 January

9th COMPULSORY
ASSIGNMENT (15%)
Due date:
9 November 2016
HRBUS83/107/0/2016

• Submit assignment 9 via myUnisa.

• This will be your last tutorial letter before the deadline for submitting your assignment which is a proposal.
• In this tutorial letter we will highlight what is expected of you for your final assessment (proposal).
Complete assignment 10 • The following also needs to be incorporated into the final
(research proposal). assignment you submit: o Your expected study limitations o Your expected contribution to knowledge o An introduction and summary for the proposal o Your full set of references o Format the document so that it reads logically and is properly structured with headings.
• Save as a PDF document and as assignment 10.
DEADLINE FOR
• Submit assignment 10 via myUnisa
SUBMISSION OF
ASSIGNMENT 10
(PROPOSAL) (30%)
Due date:
20 January 2017

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MODULE PRACTICAL WORK AND WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING

Not applicable.

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ASSESSMENT

8.1

Final/year mark

Your final mark for the modules will be a combination of the assignment marks (70% contribution) and your mark for the research proposal (30% contribution). All the assignments are compulsory. The marks you obtain in each assignment will add up to your final mark.

8.2

Assignment numbers and due dates

The assignments for this module are included in appendix A. The due dates are as follows:
Assignment

Unique number Due dates 2016

Contribution to final mark

Type of assignment

1

798157

31 March

5%

20 x MCQ’s

2

713767

15 April

5%

20 x MCQ’s

3

766938

29 April

5%

20 x MCQ’s

4

726686

20 May

3%

Summarise articles

5

864555

1 June

2%

Evaluate the abstracts and titles

6

867645

20 June

10%

Evaluate links between different components of dissertations

7

690360

20 July

10%

Summarise articles

8

771064

7 September

15%

Prepare background and literature review

9

851230

9 November

15%

Write proposal (first draft)

10

703836

20 January 2016

30%

Final proposal

A due date is the last date on which the assignment should reach the university. Allocated supervisors are responsible for marking your assignments in this module.

8.3

Submission of assignments

You have to submit your assignments electronically via myUnisa (go to http://my.unisa.ac.za) in pdf format. On myUnisa you will find information on pdf converters such as Primo PDF that you can download for free. Under no circumstances may assignments be submitted by fax or e-mail.
Assignments that are e-mailed to lecturers will be deleted immediately.

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For detailed information on assignments, please refer to the My studies @ Unisa brochure.
To submit assignments:






8.4

Go to myUnisa.
Log in with your student number and password.
Select the module.
Click on assignments in the menu on the left-hand side of the screen.
Click on the assignment number you want to submit.
Follow the instructions.
Assignment queries

Enquiries about the receipt of assignments or assignment marks may be directed to the Directorate of
Student Assessment Administration (see the myStudies @ Unisa brochure for details).

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OTHER ASSESSMENT METHODS

Not applicable.

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EXAMINATION

There is no conventional sit-down examination for this module. Your performance on this programme is ultimately determined by your performance in the module assignments and by the submission of an online electronic research proposal. Because this is a summative assessment, no late submissions can be accepted. You need to obtain a subminimum of 40% in your final proposal. There is no supplementary “exam” opportunity or this module.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The My studies @ Unisa brochure contains an A-Z guide of the most relevant study information.

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CONCLUSION

We trust that you will find the process of academic research stimulating. Good luck with your studies in this module and the honours degree in general.

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APPENDIX A: ASSIGNMENT

Below is your first assignment compulsory for this module (HRBUS83). When submitting this assignment via myUnisa, be sure to use the correct unique number as indicated in paragraph 8.2:
Assignment
1

Due date
31 March 2016

Unique number
See paragraph 8.2 in this tutorial letter.

This assignment consists of twenty (20) multiple choice questions. Your mark out of 20 will be converted to a percentage. This assignment counts 5% towards your final mark. The answers may come from this tutorial letter, from off the Unisa web site (official student policies), or even from other modules that you are currently studying such as HMEMS80. Do not ask us where to find the information. Part of the learning experience is for you to learn how to find information on your own.
QUESTION 1
Which of you assignments requires you to submit eight summaries of academic articles related to your research topic?
1.
2.
3.
4.

3
5
7
9
(1)

QUESTION 2
The coordinator for this module is …
1.
2.
3.
4.

Ms E Bothma.
Mr L Machado.
Dr S Dhlamini.
Prof EJ Ferreira.
(1)

QUESTION 3
Which statement best describes the purpose of this module?
1.
2.
3.
4.

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The purpose of the module is to equip you to plan, execute and write an acceptable academic research proposal in Business Management.
The purpose of the module is to equip you to complete a comprehensive academic research report in Business Management.
The purpose of the module is to equip you to research a topic of your choice in in Business
Management.
None of the above.
(1)

HRBUS83/101/0/2016
QUESTION 4
Which of the following statements is NOT one of the outcomes of this module?
1.
2.
3.
4.

Learn to undertake a search of the academic literature by applying appropriate search methods.
Critically analyse and summarise the existing academic literature applicable to a topic under investigation. Submit a final research report of approximately 45 pages.
Write a literature review of 2500 – 3000 words.
(1)

QUESTION 5
When is the final assignment/proposal due for this module?
1.
2.
3.
4.

20 January 2017
30 November 2017
7 February 2017
19 October 2017
(1)

QUESTION 6
When is assignment 1 due?
1.
2.
3.
4.

20 January 2017
31 March 2016
7 February 2016
1 April 2016
(1)

QUESTION 7
How many compulsory assignments do you need to complete, before submitting your final assignment/proposal? 1.
2.
3.
4.

1
5
8
9
(1)

QUESTION 8
Which assignment (excluding assignment 10) counts the most towards your year mark?
1.
2.
3.
4.

5
8
7
6
(1)

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QUESTION 9
If you wish to complete an M Com in Business Management degree at Unisa after successfully completing your honours studies, which one of the following statements is correct?
1.
2.
3.
4.

You need an appropriate honours degree from any university with an average of 60% across all of your modules.
You need a B Com honours degree from Unisa with a 60% average in all of your honours modules. You need a B Com honours degree from any university with an average of 60% across all of your modules. You need an appropriate honours degree from any university with an a mark of at least 60% for your research module.
(1)

QUESTION 10
Which of the following statements is/are true?
a)
b)

c)
d)

1.
2.
3.
4.

A student is guilty of misconduct if she/he contravenes the provisions of the Copyright
Infringement and Plagiarism Policy of the University as it relates to plagiarism;
Unisa’s rules for students states that a qualification is passed “with distinction” (cum laude) when a student has; passed all modules for the qualification at Unisa; and has passed all final level modules at the first attempt; and has attained an overall average of 75% in the qualification.
You must register with myUnisa in order to submit your assignments.
You can choose to use the Unisa myLife email address or not; we will communicate with you on your choice of email. d a, b and d a, b and c c and d
(1)

QUESTION 11
Which of the following are the aims of the student disciplinary code (please do not phone any of your lecturers or supervisors to ask where you can find this information)?
a)
b)
c)
d)

Maintaining order, discipline, safety and security at the University.
Ensuring that all students of the University are successful in their studies.
Ensuring the integrity of the academic processes of the University.
Assuring the quality of the assessment processes at the University.

1.
2.
3.
4.

a, b and d b and c a, c and d
They all are
(1)

QUESTION 12
Are all of your assignments in this module compulsory?
1.
2.

No
Yes
(1)

16

HRBUS83/101/0/2016
QUESTION 13
What is the short SMS code for Student Assessment and Administration?
1.
2.
3.
4.

43584
44371
43485
41374
(1)

QUESTION 14
The unique number to be used when you submitting assignment 4 via myUnisa is …
1.
2.
3.
4.

726686.
663575.
663576.
663577.
(1)

QUESTION 15
Which of the following statements are true with respect to assignments?

d.

It remains your responsibility to ensure that your assignment reaches Unisa on or before the closing date.
Assignments cannot be handed in advance; only on the day of that the assignment is due.
It is ESSENTIAL that you submit an assignment in time to meet the submission deadline date. If you fail to do this, the assignment will not be marked and you will therefore receive no marks for the assignment.
If you are sick on the day that the assignment is due, you can submit the assignment a day later.

1.
2.
3.
4.

a, c and d a and c b and d b, c and d

a.
b.
c.

(1)
QUESTION 16
You are registered in the …
1. College of Education (CEDU).
2. College of Graduate Studies (CGS).
3. College of Economic and Management Sciences (CEMS).
4. College of Human Sciences (CHS).
(1)
QUESTION 17
Can you submit your multiple-choice questions using a mobile app?
1.
2.

No
Yes
(1)

17

QUESTION 18
Which of the following statements is/are true?
a.
b.
c.
d.

1.
2.
3.
4.

As a postgraduate student you should learn to study increasingly independently searching for new knowledge yourself.
As a postgraduate student we can expect a lot more effort and depth from you in your studies than ever before.
As a postgraduate student we generally expect you to be more focused on the application of theory rather than on the basic theory itself.
As a postgraduate student you are still not competent and therefore should depend heavily on your supervisor to tell you what to do and to give you information without you having to do anything. d a, b and c a and b b and d
(1)

QUESTION 19
The NQF Level and Credits for this module are:
1.
2.
3.
4.

6 and 36.
7 and 24.
9 and 24.
8 and 36.
(1)

QUESTION 20
Which one of the following statements is correct?
1.
2.
3.
4.

Your year mark comprises your final proposal mark.
Your final proposal mark is made up of the total of all of your assignment marks.
Your final mark comprises your year mark and you proposal mark.
None of these are correct.
(1)
TOTAL FOR ASSIGNMENT 1 [20]

18

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