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SCA4000 Honours Dissertation 1

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Honours Dissertation 1
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
ASCED code : 109999 - Creative Arts not elsewhere cl
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Darryl Chalk


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BCAH
Enrolment is not permitted in SCA4000 if HMT4001 has been previously competed


Creative Arts researchers and practitioners develop, produce and promote original creative work in their specific field. This two-unit course is an opportunity for Honours students to engage in a piece of sustained and specific research in the Creative Arts - delivered as a dissertation or exegesis. SCA4000 enables students to develop and apply research skills and knowledge while producing their dissertation or exegesis with individual supervision - with the topic chosen by the student and the subsequent research outcomes developed in consultation with the supervisor.


This course, along with SCA4001 Honours Dissertation B, will enable students enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) program to design and complete an individual supervised research project. During this course, students will plan and write their exegesis or dissertation of 8,000 -12,000 words. Students will work closely with their supervisor to develop their exegesis or dissertation, involving the development and review of a research proposal, literature review and methodology, as well as the selection of theoretical or other disciplinary approaches as appropriate.

Once enrolled, students will proceed in either MODE 1 (for students commencing in the BCAH) or MODE 2 (students continuing/completing in the BCAH).


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

  1. Develop (MODE 1) or critically review (MODE 2) a research proposal, including defining a topic, developing a research design, incorporating an annotated bibliography and justifying a methodology;
  2. Undertake independent research, under supervision, on a proposed topic (MODES 1&2);
  3. Select, justify and apply a methodology appropriate to a research topic (MODES 1&2);
  4. Critically review, analyse (MODES 1&2) and draw supportable conclusions (MODE 2) from the literature relevant to a selected dissertation topic.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Developing (MODE 1) and refining (MODE 2) a research proposal. 20.00
2. Undertaking a critical literature review (MODES 1&2). 20.00
3. Select (MODE 1) and justify (MODE 2) a methodology. 20.00
4. Data collection methods (MODE 1) and presentation of results (MODE 2). 20.00
5. Undertaking data analysis (MODE 1) and reaching evidenced conclusions (MODE 2). 20.00

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 expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 20.00
Independent Study 310.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Research Proposal 1 26 Mar 2021 (see note 1)
Presentation/Dissertation 100 100 18 Jun 2021 (see note 2)

  1. Research Proposal is formative only (marks will not count towards final grade).
  2. Students in MODE 1 who successfully complete this course will be awarded the result of IIP to proceed to SCA4001 Honours Dissertation B.

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 satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  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 items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for 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

Date printed 18 June 2021