BUS8204 Masters Dissertation D
|Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business|
|School or Department :||Faculty of Business|
|Version produced :||8 March 2013|
Examiner: Aileen Cater-Steel
Moderator: Ronel Erwee
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 <http://www.usq.edu.au/ict/students/standards/default.htm>.
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:
- identify suitable research topics
- undertake independent research
- demonstrate appropriate communication skills
- report research outcomes.
|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). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2011&sem=01&subject1=BUS8204)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)
Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Son, Milton, Queensland.
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
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|DISSERTATION||1||100||20 May 2011|
Important assessment information
It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
Penalties for late submission of required work:
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. If students have not completed their dissertation by the end of the current semester, they must re-enrol in BUS8001 (zero-point, no-fee course) each semester until the dissertation is completed.
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.
There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
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/portal/custom/search/category/usq_document_policy_type/Student.1.html.
Students should read Guidelines for the Supervision, Preparation and Examination of the Masters Dissertation.
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 <http://www.usq.edu.au/library/help/referencing/default.htm>.
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 <http://www.usq.edu.au/ict/students/standards/default.htm>.