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BUS8203 Masters Dissertation C

Semester 2, 2011 External Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : Faculty of Business and Law
Version produced : 8 March 2013

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Examiner: Aileen Cater-Steel
Moderator: Ronel Erwee


Pre-requisite: BUS8202

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at <>.


This is one of four courses that contribute towards a Masters Dissertation. Students should maintain frequent contact with their supervisor. The dissertation will be a significant piece of independently conducted and written research. To successfully complete the dissertation, students will be required to select a research topic, develop a proposal, carry out supervised research on the chosen topic using an appropriate research method, and present and defend the results.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. identify suitable research topics
  2. undertake independent research
  3. demonstrate appropriate communication skills
  4. report research outcomes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Topics and their weighting will be determined for each student at the beginning of the semester of offer. Topics will reflect each student's proposed dissertation. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

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.
  • 2002, Style manual for authors, editors and printers, 6th edn, Wiley, Australia.
  • Davis, D 2005, Business research for decision making, 6th edn, Thomson/Brooks/Cole, Belmont, California.
  • Lester, JD Sr & Lester, JD Jr 2010, Writing research papers: a complete guide, 13th edn, Longman, New York.
  • Zikmund, WG 2010, Business research methods, 8th edn, South-Western, Mason, Ohio.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 340.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
DISSERTATION 1 100 07 Oct 2011

Important assessment information

  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:
    Not applicable.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To obtain a final grade for the dissertation, students must obtain a Satisfactory Progress (SP) for all four courses: BUS8201, BUS8202, BUS8203 and BUS8204, and the dissertation must be certified by two external Examiners as satisfactory for the Masters degree to be awarded. Upon receipt of a grade of SP for this course students must enrol in the forth course BUS8204 to continue their dissertation.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grade for students will be allocated to the course BUS8204. Depending on progress, a grade of either Satisfactory Progress (SP) or Result Not Available (RN) will be awarded in this 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 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

Assessment notes

  1. (i) The due date for a dissertation chapter is the date by which a student must despatch the chapter to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. (ii) Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner. (iii) The Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assessment in extenuating circumstances. (iv) The Examiner will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media. (v) The Examiner will not accept submission of assessments by facsimile.

  2. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at <>.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at <>.