Business Capstone Project

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Subject Code and Title MGT605 Business Capstone Project
Assessment Assignment 1 – Project Proposal/Plan
Individual/Group Individual / Group
Length 1500 words or 7.5 minutes
Subject Learning Outcomes SLO a. Develop and articulate a theoretical or practical
perspective on management issues through a substantial
applied project
SLO b. Demonstrate collaborative leadership and ownership in
the preparation of a significant original body of practical or
theoretical work
SLO c. Use specialist research skills to analyse a complex
management problem and then synthesise the research,
communicating it effectively to both specialist and lay
Submission By 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Sunday of Week 3
Weighting 20%
Total Marks 20

This subject allows you to synthesise the knowledge and skills gained from all other MBA
subjects studied up to this point. The main deliverable in the subject is a major project and,
in this assessment, you will negotiate your proposed project idea with your Facilitator.
To explain more about this approach to a negotiated assessment, a JISC report looking at
the future of assessment notes that ‘Authentic assessment lets the learner express
themselves in ways which feel natural to them and prepares them for what they are going
to do next…More authentic assessment also encourages the learner to integrate knowledge
and skills, and act on knowledge. It develops deeper, more integrative personal learning
and knowing’
1. This is one of many reviews on education and assessment that advocate for
more personalised approaches to learning and assessment. At Torrens we are taking these
ideas forward into our practice through the use of ‘negotiated assessments’ and this subject
is one of our first pilot units adopting this assessment methodology. It’ll feel different to
1 JISC (2020) The Future of Assessment: 5 principles, 5 targets for 2025. JISC: Bristol, UK.
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other assessments you have done previously in your life as a student, but it is the way for
the future, so embrace the challenge, open your mind, and make this process work for you
because you are the one in the driving seat.
In this assessment, you are required to propose how you are going to study your capstone
project. Before you can propose, you first need to identify a project idea on which to
develop your project proposal. Your project proposal must include the opportunity
statement or pain/problem statement.
The capstone project proposal serves two basic functions.
Firstly, it presents and explains
how you are going to study and analyse the issue of your capstone project. This is essential
to make clear what you aim to achieve by the end of this study period, what data you will
collect and analyse and what MBA subject theory applies to your project.
Secondly, how you will conduct the capstone project. This is an account of the steps you will
take until you produce the final report. This includes a timeline. The timeline will help you
track your progress.
With this information, your facilitator will be able to guide you concerning the suitability and
feasibility of your capstone project idea.
Formulating a project idea
As mentioned above, before you can develop your capstone project proposal, you need to
identify a problem or opportunity. Ideally, this should be a project idea that is personal to
you and your context, and of immediate relevance to you in your workplace or career. A
project idea may be producing a business plan, business report, a marketing plan, a
project for your employer, a new venture proposal, a critique, a strategy formulation, an
academic research paper in an area relevant to your studies or profession – the topic ideas
are limited only by your imagination. Check out the “Broad Capstone Project Ideas” pdf
file in Blackboard for some possible ideas.
You need to ‘negotiate’ the assessment with your facilitator to check that they are happy
with your project idea and that it will meet the requirements of the capstone unit.
If you are not able to identify a suitable project your facilitator will specify a topic for you.
Avoid randomly picking a project idea. Also avoid a project idea involving common
companies. Such project ideas have been studied many times, therefore there is nothing
new you can do in your study that is not otherwise commonly available online.
Once ‘agreed’ with your facilitator, you need to present the project proposal in a manner
that suits you and meets the marking criteria (rubric) below.

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The project proposal
The project proposal needs to:
have a clearly defined issue (‘problem’ or ’opportunity’ to address),
a clear aim statement,
identify sources of data relevant to analysing the issue,
identify how analysis of the data will be done,
relate to a theoretical base that allows you to apply the theory to your situation to
make recommendations for resolution,
provide a timeframe of your capstone project activities.
Word count
You can present your proposal in a document that can be up to 1500 words in length, or in
an equivalent, detailed form. For example, a 1500-word paper is equivalent to a McKinsey
style PowerPoint presentation of approximately 6 minutes. There is no tolerance on the
word count. You are not expected to exceed 1500 words and penalties may apply for
exceeding the word count.
References Note
Your capstone project itself must use and list at least six (6) peer-reviewed academic
references to theoretical literature sources in addition to any references relating to the
data sources you will use. You do not need to include all 6 in your proposal, but it may
benefit you to identify the theoretical base at this time. The key theoretical model(s)
you will utilise for the project does need to be identified and referenced in the proposal.
Individual or Group
You may complete your capstone project individually or as a group. If you choose to
work on your capstone project as a group, you will have to negotiate with the facilitator
about it. Your facilitator will need to be convinced that your group will perform as
Special conditions
If the project involves an industry partner, a letter of support from the partner is required in
an appendix.

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Except otherwise approved by the Facilitator, you may not collect and use any form of
primary data for the purpose of this capstone project. That means no interviews, questionnaires,
focus group discussions or direct measurement/observation involving humans can be used for
data collection. If possible, try to use secondary data only.
Your capstone project must be an original submission (your own work). Your project must
not be a repackaged assessment from another subject you have done before or any other
Submit a capstone project proposal that meets the requirements of the marking rubric.
Please refer to the Academic Integrity policy and the Assessment policy for more
Use Assessment 1 link in Blackboard to submit your capstone project proposal. Give your file
a name of this format – Your name_Subject and code_Assessment number.
If submitting as a written assessment, please note that the submission must be in Word
document format and contain a signed cover sheet.
If submitting your assessment as a video, consider the following instructions.
(1) Creating your video presentation
Your presentation must be in a video format (mp4, MOV, etc.) for uploading into
Blackboard (referto the link below).
(2) Uploading your video presentation
Ill Detailed instructions on compressing (if necessary) and uploading your video presentation
is available at:
Submit the recorded video via the Assessment link in the main navigation menu
Blackboard.After uploading your video presentation, check that you can see the
video in Blackboard and retain a copy in a safe place.
The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre. Feedback can be viewed
in My Grades.

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Marking Rubric

Assessment Attributes Fail (Unacceptable) Pass
High Distinction
Knowledge and
understanding (technical
and theoretical
Understands theoretical
models and concepts
10 marks
Limited understanding of
required concepts and
Key components of the
assignment are not
Knowledge or
understanding of the field
or discipline.
Resembles a recall or
summary of key ideas.
Often confuses assertion of
personal opinion with
information substantiated
by evidence from the
research/course materials.
Thorough knowledge or
understanding of the field
or discipline/s. Supports
personal opinion and
information substantiated
by evidence from the
research/course materials.
Highly developed
understanding of the field
or discipline/s.
Discriminates between
assertion of personal
opinion and information
substantiated by robust
evidence from the
research/course materials
and extended reading.
Well demonstrated
capacity to explain relevant
A sophisticated
understanding of the field
or discipline/s.
Uses information
substantiated by robust
evidence from the
research/course materials
and extended reading.
Mastery of concepts and
application to new
Effective Communication
Well structured proposal
withclear flow of ideas
10 marks
Difficult to understand for
audience, no logical/clear
structure, poor flow of
ideas, argument lacks
supporting evidence.
Audience cannot follow the
line of reasoning.
Information, arguments
and evidence are
presented in a way that is
not always clear and
Line of reasoning is often
difficult to follow.
Information, arguments
and evidence are well
presented, mostly clear
flow of ideas and
Line of reasoning is easy to
Information, arguments
and evidence are very well
presented; the
presentation is logical,
clear and well supported
by evidence.
Expertly presented; the
presentation is logical,
persuasive, and well
supported by evidence,
demonstrating a clear flow
of ideas and arguments.
Engages and sustains
audience’s interest in the