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MAR8005 Dissertation, Exegesis or Project

Semester 2, 2013 Online Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication
Version produced : 24 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Richard Gehrmann
Moderator: Peter Goodall

Requisites

Pre-requisite: 4 units of completed Postgraduate Study and minimum GPA 5, or approval of Examiner.

Rationale

Masters students will apply their experiential knowledge to work with a supervisor in creating a significant practical project, dissertation or exegesis that will interrogate and explore the development of skills and knowledge specific to the studentsí particular discipline.

Synopsis

Students will undertake a written research dissertation (10,000 words) or a project (5,000 words or equivalent in creative work, plus a written exegesis of 5,000 words). This is an opportunity to work under the guidance of an academic supervisor, and to undertake structured research. The written work may be presented in the format of a research-based paper for publication in an approved academic or professional journal. For creative projects, the creative work can be in the form of exhibition, performance, literary work, film, or other approved format. The exegesis should describe the research process, explain the creative work and place the creative practice undertaken in context. Students should identify and contact a staff member in the appropriate discipline area as soon as possible to discuss an appropriate topic, PRIOR to submitting their project proposal for this course.

Objectives

On completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. identify suitable research topics in creative arts, humanities or social sciences;
  2. undertake independent research through engaging scholarly approaches that engage with a discipline ;
  3. demonstrate appropriate communication skills and professional literacy, and report research outcomes.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Topics will be determined in consultation with a supervisor from the studentís discipline. Topics will be based on either: a scholarly research report on an established area of study, an actual community and/or artistic project taking place during the semester, or the development of new work through experimental applications of practice. 100.00

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  • To be advised.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • These will be advised on the basis of the topics determined within specific discipline.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Practice 190.00
Private Study 114.00
Seminars 56.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROPOSAL 100 30 03 Aug 2013 (see note 1)
PROJECT,EXEGESIS,DISSERTATION 100 70 25 Oct 2013 (see note 2)

NOTES
  1. In most cases the proposal would become part of the introduction to the dissertation/exegesis
  2. 10,000 words for dissertation, OR 5,000 word exegesis plus project work equivalent to 5,000 words

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks .

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  6. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  7. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  8. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  9. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  10. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  11. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. Students are strongly advised to maintain regular contact with their supervisor.

  3. Early in the semester, the student and his/her supervisor must decide on specific objectives for the course. This would typically involve such activities as writing a first draft of the literature review, writing a first draft of the method section, completing data collection, or other research activities as specified by the supervisor.