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DBA9100 Doctor of Business Administration Thesis A

Semester 1, 2015 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts

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Co-requisite: RSH8000 and RSH8001


This course is part of a supervised research project. The project provides opportunities for motivated and highly qualified students to undertake advanced study and independently produce a research-based Thesis the expected length to be about 65,000 words or equivalent. Students develop appropriate research skills and specialist knowledge which will enhance their career prospects and allow them to undertake further studies.


This is a one-unit course that contributes towards the Doctor of Business Administration Research Thesis.

The Thesis comprises the research and writing of a Thesis. Students examine a professional area of interest, usually related to their work environment and are assisted by one or more supervisors with appropriate background. Each candidate for the research project is required to submit a research proposal to the Head of School. This will go to the Faculty Research and Higher Degrees Committee for approval and endorsement by the Executive Dean and the Office of Research and Research Training prior to the commencement of research. Most topics are drawn from the student's work experience and interest; however it is recognised that the work of some students is not necessarily suited for that purpose and the Head of School and Faculty Research and Higher Degrees Committee then consider topics drawn from elsewhere if necessary. The Thesis will be a significant piece of independently conducted and written research. To successfully complete the Thesis, 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 will be able to:

  1. plan and execute an independent research project
  2. demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and reflect critically on that theory in relation to practice as relevant to the research project
  3. communicate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to a discipline or area of professional practice.


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 Thesis. 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
Independent Study 65.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
THESIS 1 100 26 Jun 2015 (see note 1)

  1. Students who are not due to hand in their thesis must submit a Progress Report. The Office of Research Graduate Studies will notify students by e-mail when a Progress Report is due.

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 1.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    The completed thesis must be approved as satisfactory for awarding a passing grade for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    Refer to Assessment Note 1.

  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. Student progress and achievement will be evidenced by their achievement of research milestones as documented by successful confirmation of candidature and ongoing assessment of research progression reported in progress reports.