Friday, 2 December 2016

BUS750 Course Materials

Hi everyone, and welcome to BUS750!

To make the most of your headstart, work through the following items to get your head around how the course will run, what is expected of you and how you can support your learning.

This will take you a couple of hours or so, but careful consideration of what you need to do and when you will plan to do it will pay dividends.
Step 1 - Find out what is expected of you Read the Course Outline for an overview of the course. This is a really important document as it lays out the structure, assessments and general guidelines for your research project. Then read Tasks matched to Learning Outcomes.This shows you roughly how you will need to plan your time.
Step 2 - Find out about the assessments Diarise the assessments from your Course Outline, and view the Research Project Flowchart here in order to understand the research tasks and timing you will need to keep to in order to complete the course.

The Course Calendar is a great resource for you to print off and put on your study wall or on the fridge. Then you will be able to mark off the weeks and see when assessments are due.
Step 3 - Plan your time Start writing up a plan for the entire semester. A draft plan template is available here. I have found that the students who plan their entire research project in detail have far fewer problems than those who don't. Remember that you are business students: planning is a key tool for monitoring how we are getting things done... and ensuring the slips get picked up.
Step 4 – Other Resources Get the course textbook for this course (Ian Jones - Research Methods for Sports Studies). AbeBooks has it for sale here.
Step 5 -  Make sure you know how to use Moodle View the Moodle homepage once you have Moodle access. Introduce yourselves on the Introductions forum. Make connections with the other students, and start asking questions of each other.

Take a tour of the BUS750 Moodle site so you can be sure that you feel comfortable finding your way around this course and using the tools.
Step 6 - Find out who I am Check out the details in the right-hand sidebar and my NMIT Profile to find out who your lecturer is (that's me). You will be allocated a supervisor once we know what your topic is, so the faster you get that sorted, the better!
Step 7 - Get started! Get into it! Check out the sub-topics on the Home tab, then segue over to the 1. Planning tab and look at what else you need to complete for your first week.
There will be some follow up posts detailing what you need to tackle to get to your research question sorted.


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