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HMT3002 Independent Study Project B

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Independent Study Project B
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090399 - Studies in Human Society n.e.c
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Rebecca Te'o


Pre-requisite: Completion of 16 units, of which 5 must be in area of proposed study project; subject to agreement of appropriate supervisor.
Enrolment is not permitted in HMT3001 or HMT3002 if PRL3002 has been previously completed.

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.


The ability to apply theories and content is a crucial component of any area of study within the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts. It is particularly important that students are able to identify research and professional problems, resolve them in a methodical and ethical manner, and reflect critically on the process. This course enables students to develop advanced skills within the area of their disciplinary major, in close consultation with a designated supervisor.


This course enables students to enhance and diversify an area of specialist studies or acquire professional experience, through independent learning and/or work placement. The course builds on theory and practice taught previously in students chosen major. The course is flexible in terms of the variety of ways in which students may successfully complete assessment. To complete this course however, students will be required to devise a special research project or complete a work placement. Students will demonstrate advanced scholarship through the submission of professional reports or an extended research essay. The material studied and the assessments must be different from HMT3001, if previously taken by the student.


On successful completion of this course students should have:

  1. knowledge of the major themes and theoretical issues in their chosen area of study
  2. an ability to comprehend specialist literature and to synthesise this in rational arguments
  3. demonstrated academic and professional literacy at an advanced level by carrying out appropriate and relevant research independently
  4. employed advanced ethical research and enquiry skills in the consistent application of norms and practices that underpin academic and professional integrity
  5. advanced level written communication skills appropriate to the discipline and profession
  6. demonstrated advanced level management, planning and organisational skills by planning and responding to feedback
  7. demonstrated cultural empathy in a critical and reflective manner
  8. shown creativity and initiative in response to professional and academic problems.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Research skills 25.00
2. Critical evaluation 25.00
3. Cultural and ethical norms 20.00
4. Professional communication. 30.00

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). (

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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.
Students should discuss recommended reference materials with their supervisor.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 3.00
Independent Study 162.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT PROPOSAL 100 10 29 Jul 2019
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 30 12 Aug 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 30 09 Sep 2019
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 30 14 Oct 2019

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 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.

    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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily 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:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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.