HONS20006 - Dissertation B

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Dissertation B is the second of two honours dissertation units (note: the dissertation is a single document; the enrolment is divided into Dissertation A and Dissertation B for ease of administration only). The dissertation will demonstrate an appropriate level of mastery at honours standard in the chosen discipline (such as creative writing, digital media, geography & environmental studies, history, literary & cultural studies, music, professional communication and sociology). The dissertation will normally be at least 15,000 and no more than 20,000 words long. Students cannot complete the honours course without an appropriate supervisor and an approved topic (in the first instance, students should consult with the head of the honours course). Details of the specific learning outcomes, set texts and readings, materials and assessment, which will depend on the chosen topic, will be negotiated with the supervisor.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: HONS20005 Dissertation A

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Course Committee
To maintain the four coursework units in the Honours Course as part of maintaining the integrity of the Course and to re-develop these units in the Humanities disciplines.
It is recommended that each Humanities discipline have four new or re-developed coursework units.
Action Taken
This recommendation was changed and now the Course is more streamlined with two coursework units.
Source: Email
Student happy with the dissertation part of the Honours degree.
Continue to offer good and supportive supervision to Honours Thesis students.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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