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SCI9015 Master of Science Research Project E

Semester 1, 2021 External
Short Description: Master Science Research Proj E
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 019999 - Natural and Physical Sciences
Grading basis : Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Version produced : 11 April 2021


Examiner: Shahjahan Khan


Pre-requisite: Student must be enrolled in the following Program: MSCR


This course is part of a supervised research project which provides opportunities for motivated and highly qualified students to undertake advanced study and to produce a research-based thesis. Students develop the appropriate research skills and specialist knowledge which will enhance their career prospects or allow them to undertake further studies. The emphasis of the programme is on developing the appropriate knowledge and skills to undertake independent research and professional practice.


Candidates in the Master of Science (Research) will undertake studies on their research project in consultation with their Project Supervisors.


On successful completion of this course students will have:

  1. deliver a detailed seminar and written confirmation proposal for their project
  2. if appropriate, gain ethical clearance for their project
  3. identify suitable research topics
  4. undertake independent research
  5. demonstrate appropriate communication skills
  6. report research outcomes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. To be determined by the supervisor in consultation with the student 100.00

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.
To be determined by the student's supervisor.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Private Study 330.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Progress Report/Thesis 1 100 24 Feb 2021 (see note 1)

  1. Candidates who are not due to submit their Thesis must submit a Progress Report. Office of Research Graduate Studies will advise due date for Progress Report.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student’s responsibility to attend regular meetings with the supervisory team to discuss their research progress.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Progress Reports: Candidates who are not due to submit their Thesis must submit a Progress Report. To complete the Progress Report satisfactorily, students must fill out the Progress Report in consultation with their supervisor and submit it to the relevant Faculty Research Office. As part of their research program, students are expected to demonstrate satisfactory progress.

    Thesis: To successfully complete a thesis, students must have satisfactorily addressed the requested revisions.

  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:
    Progress Report: students must submit a progress report and be deemed to be making Satisfactory Progress by their supervisor and the Associate Dean (Research and Research Training).

    Thesis: students at the end of the candidature students must submit a thesis for examination and be deemed to be making Satisfactory Progress by their supervisor and the Associate Dean (Research and Research Training).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As Satisfactory Progress (SP) is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of SP. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. In accordance with University policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  2. Completion of the final course in the Master of Science (Research) program is by thesis examination.

  3. In the absence of an approved alternative (such as APA for Psychology students), students should use the Harvard (AGPS) as the default referencing style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. Students may be granted permission to use an alternative system at the time at which the project is approved.

Date printed 11 April 2021