ACC 8176 Master of Commerce Dissertation - ABF - Full Time

Subject Cat-nbr Class Term Mode Description Units Campus
ACC 8176 44212 2, 2005 EXT Master of Commerce Dissertation - ABF - Full Time 4.00 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOBUS
Academic org: FOB008
Student contribution band: 2
ASCED code: 089999




Pre-requisite: MGT8401 and Project Acceptance


The Master of Commerce Dissertation comprises the research and writing of a thesis. Students examine a professional or academic area of interest, usually related to their work environment and are assisted by one or more supervisors with appropriate background. Each candidate is required to submit a research proposal for approval and endorsement by the Dean prior to the commencement of research.


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

  1. identify research topics,
  2. undertake independent critical research activity using appropriate methods, statistical techniques and computer applications;
  3. report and publish research outcomes.

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Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
WRITTEN DISSERTATION PROP 10.00 10.00 19 Jul 2005 (see note 1)
3 COPIES OF DISSERTATION 90.00 90.00 19 Jul 2005
Examiner will advise submission dates for written dissertation proposal and dissertation.


  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, 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.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Not applicable.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval then a penalty of 20% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment will apply for each working day late.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must submit all of the summative assessment items and achieve at least 50% of the available weighted marks for those items.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) 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:
    Not applicable.
  8. University Regulations:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6. Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL Students should also read the Faculty of Business Guide to Policies and Procedures of the Faculty which can be found at the URL


1. Assignments: (i) 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. (ii) If requested, students will be required to provide a copy of an assignment submitted for assessment purposes. This should be despatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being made. (iii) The Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. If students submit assignments after the due date and wish to claim extenuating circumstances then they shall provide validated documentary evidence with the assignment, explaining the circumstances. The Examiner shall consider the statement accompanying a late assignment and decide on the outcome. (iv) Assignments are to be submitted in the appropriate assignment folders. (v) The Examiner will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media. (vi) The Examiner will not accept submission of assignments by facsimile. (vii) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience.


  1. The typed and bound dissertation should be approximately 15000 to 20000 words in length (including tables and figures but not including appendices).
  2. The style guide used for the dissertation shall be consistent with the tradition of the discipline. Students are referred to the University Calendar Guidelines on the Preparation of Dissertations for the cover, flypage, body of dissertation and spine.
  3. Submission of dissertation (i) Two copies of dissertation in temporary form shall be presented by the date for submission of thesis. (ii) Three permanently bound copies of the typed and bound dissertation shall be presented to the Faculty Director of the Research & Research Higher Degrees before the award of the degree. The binding of these copies will be in red cloth with gold lettering.
  4. A dissertation supervisor will be assigned by the Dean to each student in this course prior to the date indicated for item 1 of the 'Assessment Details'.
  5. Commerce Masters Dissertation Committees will be appointed by the Dean for each major offered by the Faculty. Each committee will consist of at least three appropriately qualified staff members from the discipline area, drawn from the staff within the Faculty. The committees may contain supervisors of dissertations.
  6. The Commerce Masters Dissertation Committee for the relevant major shall receive the Dissertation Proposal. The committee may approve the Dissertation Proposal and advise the student that he/she may proceed with the research and dissertation, or may refer the Dissertation Proposal back to the student (with appropriate commentary and feedback) for resubmission.
  7. The Dean will appoint two examiners (the supervisor of the dissertation may be appointed as an examiner), who will grade the typed Dissertation.
  8. In the case where the two examiners are in disagreement concerning the grade to be awarded for the course, the matter will be referred to a third examiner who will make a casting decision.
  9. No oral presentation of the dissertation proposal is required; however, students in the region are encouraged to make an oral presentation.
  10. Dishonest Actions: (i) Any student who is alleged to have performed a dishonest action relating to any assessment in the course will have a course of action taken against him/her as outlined in the Academic Regulations. (ii) Pieces of assessment should be the work of individual students. Joint pieces of assessment are not permitted unless written approval has been obtained from the Examiner. (iii) Dishonest action in relation to assessment includes: copying or attempting to copy the work of others; use of or attempting to use information prohibited from use in that form of assessment; submitting the work of another as your own; consciously committing acts of plagiarism, ie taking and using another's thoughts or writings as one's own with intent to deceive, which occurs when paragraphs, sentences, a single sentence or significant parts of a sentence which are copied directly, are not enclosed in quotation marks and appropriately footnoted or referenced in the text; direct quotations are not used, but text is paraphrased or summarised, and the source of the material is not acknowledged by footnoting or other reference in the text.
  11. Attendance Requirements: Students are required to communicate with the thesis supervisor at intervals and in the manner approved by the supervisor. This communication may be by way of email, telephone, or in person.