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MAR8008 Master of Arts Project C

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Master of Arts Project C
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090300 - Studies in Human Society
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Daniel Hourigan


Pre-requisite: MAR8003 and MAR8004

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course has been designed to allow selected students in the Master of Arts degree to complete an extended 30,000 word thesis or an extended practice-led research project with 20,000 word exegesis that would comprise 50% of their degree comprising the units MAR8003, MAR8004 and MAR8008. Students will use this course to undertake independent learning under the guidance of a supervisor.


This 2-unit course enables selected students enrolled in the Masters to complete under supervision an extended 30,000 word thesis or an extended practice-led research project with 20,000 word exegesis. This course is a continuation of the work commenced in MAR8003 and MAR8004.


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

  1. undertake independent research, under supervision, on a proposed topic
  2. review the literature relevant to a selected topic
  3. research and report on a sustained topic in the relevant disciplinary field
  4. devise, develop and sustain lengthy but sound argument
  5. print, edit and present in publishable form a completed thesis, or project and exegesis ready for submission to the examiners.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Data collection/selection 33.00
2. Data presentation, analysis and discussion 33.00
3. Summarising, drawing conclusions, making recommendations. 34.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

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 expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 30.00
Independent Study 300.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
THESIS OR EXEGESIS 100 100 07 Jun 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities 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.

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

  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:
    There is no examination in 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.

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

  3. It is imperative that students check with their supervisor(s) whether they need to obtain ethics clearance for their research project.

  4. The thesis or exegesis shall be typed and bound and shall conform with the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts style guide for the presentation of theses and dissertations.

  5. Assessment of the thesis, or project and exegesis, normally shall be carried out by two qualified examiners, at least one of whom is external to the University of Southern Queensland, and none of whom is supervising the student for this thesis/exegesis.

  6. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all chapter drafts, as well as the final draft of their thesis or exegesis, be written in an acceptable standard of English expression. If students' initial work is not of an acceptable standard, students will be encouraged to use the services of a copy-editor, or to seek assistance from a competent writer of English. It is not the supervisor's principal role to correct English spelling, expression or grammar, although appropriate advice will be given. Theses or exegeses that are not expressed to a standard of English expression acceptable to the supervisor will be referred back to the student for correction, and will not be submitted for examination until corrected. Students who fail to address this aspect of their thesis or exegesis risk failing the course. Any expenses incurred in having drafts checked by copy-editors will be met by the student. Please also note that while copy-editing may be carried out by someone who is not the student, all the substantial content of the thesis or exegesis must be the student's own work.

  7. Final results shall be awarded by the Honours and Postgraduate Committee of the relevant School, following receipt of the completed examiners' reports.