SCIH14004 - Honours Analysis and Completion

General Information

Unit Synopsis

During this unit you will complete and present your research project work as a thesis containing scientific scholarly works such as a manuscript intended for submission in peer-reviewed journals and/or industry reports, and as an oral thesis presentation and defense. Particular emphasis will be placed on succinct and clear presentations of background literature, project design, analytical methods, findings, conclusions and implications of your work, by written and oral means.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: SCIH14001 Honours Preparation

Pre-requisite: SCIH14002 Research Project A

Co-requisite: SCIH14003 Research Project B

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile

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 Undergraduate 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 75%
2. Oral Examination 25%

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: Consultation with SHMAS staff and the Honours Course Committee
The "thesis defense" should be removed from the oral examination assessment.
The thesis defense is no longer a part of the oral examination. Students are still required to deliver a presentation at the end of term which is followed by questions from the examination panel and the audience, however there is no longer a private thesis defense associated with this assessment item.
Action Taken
Thesis defense has been removed, however students are still expected to answer questions at the end of their presentation.
Source: Informal feedback from students and Honours Course Committee members.
Informal online sessions should be run periodically throughout the term to allow students to ask questions about the assessments and receive answers in real time.
Informal online information sessions should be established and delivered through out the term.
Action Taken
Informal online sessions were delivered throughout the term, however no students attended the scheduled sessions. Despite this activity being established with good intentions, it doesn't appear to be needed or supported by the students and its continuation should be evaluated.
Source: Self reflection
The structure / requirements for the thesis should be reviewed at the end of 2018 to ensure it remains relevant for students and industry.
The course committee should review the structure of the thesis to ensure it remains relevant for students and industry.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and defend the application of relevant methodology to the design of a project
  2. Critically analyse scientific works and scholarly readings in your research area
  3. Communicate research to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, using terminology appropriate to the audience
  4. Prepare scientific scholarly outputs suitable for publication in peer-review journals or as an industry technical report
  5. Apply discipline specific analytical approaches to collected research data.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Oral Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Oral Examination