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MGT9601 Doctor of Business Administration Dissertation A

Semester 2, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : Faculty of Business and Law
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Ronel Erwee
Moderator: Aileen Cater-Steel


Pre-requisite: (BUS8401 or MGT8401) and (BUS8402 or MGT8402) and (BUS8403 or MGT8403) and (BUS8404 or MGT8404)

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


MGT9601 - MGT9608 have been designed for the Doctor of Business Administration program. As noted in the synopsis, the course titles and numbers assist a candidate to track their progress through their research and dissertation completion process. Candidates should maintain regular contact with their supervisors and consult with the Faculty of Business and Law and Office of Research and Higher Degrees (ORHD) to ensure that they are appropriately enrolled in the courses.


The first course in the eight-unit dissertation will normally focus on refining the research proposal and will be decided in consultation with the principal supervisor and course leader. Students will submit the reworked proposal or other work which will carry 100% of the course marks by Week 12 in the current semester of enrolment. The research proposal should adhere to PhD dissertation proposal specifications for proposals and will be evaluated during the normal Faculty of Business and Law research presentation process.


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

  1. prepare a final dissertation research proposal or other work to a satisfactory standard which adheres to ORHD specifications for proposals. This will be evaluated by the normal Faculty research presentation used for PhD proposals and the candidate will present the proposal to a Faculty panel. External students will be able to use teleconferencing or videoconferencing if available. The candidate will make the necessary changes to the proposal as requested by the panel and these changes will be reviewed. If the proposal meets the required standards, it will be submitted to ORHD for approval.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Dissertation research proposal 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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 100.00
Private Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
RESEARCH PROPOSAL 100 100 04 Oct 2013

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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Refer to Assessment Note 2.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Refer to Assessment Note 2.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    The completed assignment or chapter must be approved by two supervisors as satisfactory for awarding a passing grade for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    A progress report will be required from the principal supervisor and student. Upon receipt of the progress report by the supervisors and ORHD, a result of satisfactory progress (SP) will be awarded to allow the student to progress to the next course in this program. Other students will be given either a fail grade or an incomplete grade.

  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 an assessment is the date by which a student must despatch the assessment 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 assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment 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. When the supervisors, examiner, moderator and ORHD are satisfied that the student has completed all requirements for this course, a grade of SP will be awarded to allow the student to progress to the next course in this program. A result of SP will indicate that the student has met the requirements of the course at a standard that, with editing and correcting, would be suitable for submission to external examiners.

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