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MAR8007 Guided Arts Studies B

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Guided Arts Studies B
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090399 - Studies in Human Society n.e.c
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 28 October 2021


Examiner: Nike Sulway


Pre-requisite: Students must have successfully completed HMT4005 or BCA8002 or HMT4007 or be enrolled in DPHD program

Other Requisites

It is recommended students successfully complete a minimum of four Masters level courses before enrolling in MAR8007. Student enrolment is subject to the agreement of an appropriate supervisor.

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


This course has been designed to allow postgraduate students to build on previously acquired knowledge to develop specific areas of research. Students will use this course to build on earlier courses, to undertake independent learning under the guidance of a supervisor.


This course enables students to undertake research in an area of specialist study through independent learning. The course builds on theory and practice taught previously in students' chosen arts major. To complete this course students will be required to devise a special research project on a central theme or topic area. Students will demonstrate advanced scholarship through the submission of professional reports or an extended research essay completed in 2 parts. The total word count of the assessment will be 5,000 words.


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. advanced level written communication skills appropriate to the discipline and profession.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Research skills 35.00
2. Critical evaluation 35.00
3. Professional communication 30.00

Text and Materials

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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 10.00
Independent Study 155.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROPOSAL (500 WORDS) 100 10 23 Jul 2021
ASSIGNMENT 1 (2000 WORDS) 100 40 03 Sep 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 (2500 WORDS) 100 50 15 Oct 2021

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:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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.

Date printed 28 October 2021