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Doctor of Professional Studies DPST

Program focus


The Doctor of Professional Studies is designed to enable professionals
to engage in the highest form of authentic learning: to study as they
engage in real world, real time activity and to combine their work
and study in ways that lead to benefits for both the individual and
the organisation by creating new knowledge for professional use. Accordingly,
the program aims to provide opportunities for professionals with the
appropriate entry qualifications that enable them to critically review
resources, to address theoretical and practical questions and issues
in their workplace field, and to design and implement projects to
further investigate these questions and issues. An essential feature
of this program is that participants continue their employment while
undertaking projects which integrate disciplined enquiry with complex
practical work issues. It is expected that the documented results
of these projects would be used to improve one or more aspects of
the workplace.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

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Program objectives

Successful completion of the program will enable graduates to:

  • develop a workplace-based learning plan that integrates theory
    and practice

  • demonstrate analytical, critical and creative thinking in workplace
    applications

  • postulate directions for investigation of unsolved problems
    in their workplace

  • undertake and write reports on projects relating to their workplace
    in a professional manner

  • demonstrate a high level of skill in identifying, choosing and
    implementing procedures appropriate for addressing issues, ideas and
    concepts

  • demonstrate an awareness of the limitations of their projects
    and manage these limitations

  • demonstrate a high level of skill in assessing and addressing
    ethical/confidential concerns in their study and related work activity

  • report the results of their projects concerning changes to their
    workplace in a manner appropriate to their audience

  • enhance the knowledge base of their workplace, organisation
    or professional group(s)

  • plan the implementation of possible changes to their workplace
    resulting from their research.


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Program structure

The Doctor of Professional Studies (DProfSt) program is an 24
unit program consisting of :

  • WBL8000 Workplace-based Portfolio (1
    unit)

  • WBL8001 Workplace-based Learning Plan (1
    unit)

  • WBL8002 Workplace-based Complementary (1
    unit)


and five workplace-based project units drawn from:

  • WBL8010 Workplace-based Project (1 unit)

  • WBL8020 Workplace-based Project (2 units)

  • WBL8030 Workplace-based Project (3 units)


and the following 16 workplace-based project courses involving
research into their workplace.

  • WBL9001 Workplace-based Learning Plan (1 unit)

  • WBL9002 Workplace-based Project 2 (1 unit)

  • WBL9003 Workplace-based Project 3 (1 unit)

  • WBL9004 Workplace-based Project 4 (1unit)

  • WBL9005 Workplace-based Project 5 (1unit)

  • WBL9006 Workplace-based Project 6 (1unit)

  • WBL9007 Workplace-based Project 7 (1unit)

  • WBL9008 Workplace-based Project 8 (1unit)

  • WBL9009 Workplace-based Project 9 (1unit)

  • WBL9010 Workplace-based Project 10 (1unit)

  • WBL9011 Workplace-based Project 11 (1unit)

  • WBL9012 Workplace-based Project 12 (1unit)

  • WBL9013 Workplace-based Project 13 (1unit) (1 unit)

  • WBL9014 Workplace-based Project 14 (1unit) (1 unit)

  • WBL9015 Workplace-based Project 15 (1unit) (1 unit)

  • WBL9016 Workplace-based Project 16 (1unit) (1 unit)


A students' Learning Plan must be approved by the Program
Coordinator before the student may enrol in any courses other than
WBL8000, and WBL8001 or WBL9001. Modifications may be made to the
original plan if this is deemed necessary by the students' USQ
advisor but must be re-approved.

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Exit points

The exit point for students who do not complete the requirements
of the Doctor of Professional Studies is the Master of Professional
Studies. To be eligible for the award of Master of Professional Studies,
students must complete the requirements for that award.

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