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SCI9002 Master of Science Dissertation Full Time (Mathematics)

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 4
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Maths and Computing
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Dmitry Strunin
Moderator: Richard Watson


This course is part of a supervised research project which provides opportunities for motivated and highly qualified students to undertake advanced study and to produce a research-based dissertation. Students develop the appropriate research skills and specialist knowledge which will enhance their career prospects or allow them to undertake further studies. The emphasis of the programme is on developing the appropriate knowledge and skills to undertake independent research and professional practice.


Full-time candidates undertaking Master of Science research in Mathematics should enrol in this course for the third and subsequent semesters of their candidature. This will normally be for a total of two semesters. The subject of their Research Project will be decided in consultation with their Project Supervisors and the Faculty of Sciences.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identified their research topic;
  2. demonstrated their ability to proceed with the research topic;
  3. if appropriate, gained ethical clearance for their project;
  4. prepared their research proposal to their supervisor's satisfaction;
  5. demonstrated their ability to think analytically, critically and creatively about a chosen research topic and related issues within the area of specialisation chosen;
  6. demonstrated competence in each component of empirical research procedures, viz; identification and analysis of research problems, formulation of hypotheses, operationalised research procedures, collected relevant data, carried out appropriate analysis of data, interpreted results obtained, and drawn appropriate conclusions;
  7. competently written a dissertation based on the research project to communicate all aspects of the project to professional peers;
  8. presented one seminar per year within the Faculty, outlining the project aims and progress.


Description Weighting(%)
1. To be determined by the supervisor in consultation with the student. 100.00

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  • To be determined by the student's supervisor.

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 13.00
Private Study 300.00
Seminars 2.00
Supervisor Consultation 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
SEMINAR 1 1 17 Jul 2012 (see note 1)
SUPERVISORS REPORT 1 1 17 Jul 2012 (see note 2)
THESIS 100 98 17 Jul 2012 (see note 3)

  1. Examiner will advise the seminar date.
  2. Examiner will advise due date for report.
  3. Examiner will advise the due date of the Thesis.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, research group discussions, 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.

  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:
    The course will be graded as SP (Satisfactory Progress) or F (Fail). To be awarded the grade of SP, a student must be assessed by their Supervisor as having made satisfactory progress against a set of objectives provided by the Supervisor at the start of the semester which may include delivery, at a satisfactory standard, of a public seminar within the Faculty reporting on the scope and progress of the project work.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    Not applicable.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  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. In accordance with University policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  2. Completion of the final dissertation course in the Master of Science program is by dissertation examination.

  3. The referencing system to be used in this course is supported by the Department. Information on this referencing system and advice on how to use it can be found in the course materials.