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MAR8005 Dissertation, Exegesis or Project

Semester 2, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Rebecca Scollen
Moderator: Rhod McNeill


Pre-requisite: 4 units of completed Postgraduate Study and minimum GPA 5, or approval of Examiner.


Masters students will apply their experiential knowledge to work with a supervisor in creating a significant practical project, dissertation or exegesis that will interrogate and explore the development of skills and knowledge specific to the studentsí particular discipline.


Students will undertake a written research project (10,000 words) or a creative project (5,000 words or equivalent in creative work, plus a written exegesis of 5,000 words). This is an opportunity to work under the guidance of an academic supervisor, and to undertake structured research. The written work may be presented in the format of a research-based paper for publication in an approved academic or professional journal. For creative projects, the creative work can be in the form of short story, exhibition, performance, literary work, film script, film, or other approved format. The exegesis should describe the research process, explain the creative work and place the creative practice undertaken in context. Students should identify and contact a staff member in the appropriate discipline area as soon as possible to discuss an appropriate topic, PRIOR to submitting their project proposal for this course.


On completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. identify suitable research topics in creative arts, humanities or social sciences
  2. undertake independent research through engaging scholarly approaches that engage with a discipline
  3. demonstrate appropriate communication skills and professional literacy, and report research outcomes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Topics will be determined in consultation with a supervisor from the studentís discipline. Topics will be based on either: a scholarly research report on an established area of study, an actual community and/or artistic project taking place during the semester, or the development of new work through experimental applications of practice. 100.00

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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.
  • These will be advised on the basis of the topics determined within specific discipline.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Practice 190.00
Private Study 114.00
Supervisor Consultation 56.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROPOSAL 100 30 07 Aug 2015 (see note 1)
PROJECT 100 70 30 Oct 2015 (see note 2)

  1. In most cases the proposal would become part of the introduction to the project
  2. 10,000 words for research project, OR 5,000 word exegesis plus creative project work equivalent to 5,000 words

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the studentsí 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.

    It is the studentsí 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

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks .

  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:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable

  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

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. Students are strongly advised to maintain regular contact with their supervisor.

  3. Early in the semester, the student and his/her supervisor must decide on specific objectives for the course. This would typically involve such activities as writing a first draft of the literature review, writing a first draft of the method section, completing data collection, or other research activities as specified by the supervisor.