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HUMT20017 - Research Dissertation B

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is a component of the Master of Letters course. The dissertation word length will be no fewer than 15000 words and no more than 25000 words on a topic to be negotiated with a supervisor.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 100%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% response rate.

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: Unit moodle forum post
' ... it took a bit to change into my research cap, but I eventually did. The freedom to create revealed I had much more to say than I first thought. I thought poetry was all I could write and kept my creative writing for my academic research papers.'
The unit coordinator will continue to assist students in making the necessary transition into research and critical reflection necessary for the writing of the exegesis portion of the creative artefact. Students in this unit not only undertake coursework study in research skills, including the capacity to conduct creative writing research, students also receive instruction on the processes of referencing research appropriately and, indeed, apply the requirements for writing an exegesis.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator maintained the same approach to transitioning students into research and critical reflection.
Source: Unit moodle forum post
'Thank you for all the time you've put in for me Nicole. It's been extremely nice working closely with you. It's also be great working with other creatives, it makes a huge difference to the final artefact.'
The unit coordinator firmly believes in working closely with students to not only enrich the students' learning experience, but to provide the necessary support for students to really explore the creative dimensions and possibilities of their learning journey at this level of creative enterprise.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator continued working with students to both enrich the students' learning experience, and to provide the necessary support to students engaging with this level of creative endeavour.
Source: Student email
Good morning Nicole! And what a great morning it is, to be greeted with this news for me! What a satisfactory ending to this particular journey! I was thrilled with the examiner comments … Thank you so much for your mentorship and advice throughout this process.
The unit coordinator will maintain the current pedagogy and structure of the unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Present a final draft of a literature review which will form the basis of the thesis
  2. Present a final thesis document which will demonstrate the discipline knowledge, critical, analytical and written communication skills required of a dissertation within an AQF Level 9 course
  3. Engage in self-management

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