HONS20005 - Dissertation A
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Dissertation A is the first 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.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must be enrolled in CA44 Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
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  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Honours is taught across a number of disciplines with different learning outcomes and teaching methods. Hence the good practice varies with discipline. HoP Continue with Degree
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse and explain advanced and current specialist knowledge from selected disciplinary perspectives;
  2. Identify, analyse and evaluate discipline relevant problems and articulate the critical debates surrounding them;
  3. Communicate cogent arguments and/or research results in appropriate formats;
  4. Research and deploy evidence, under supervisory guidance, at honours dissertation level; and,
  5. Reflect upon feedback to identify and enact improvements.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Knowledge    
2. Communication      
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills        
4. Research
5. Self-management    
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility      
7. Leadership          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note: There are no set texts for this dissertation. Please consult with your supervisor regarding details.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJohn Fitzsimmons (j.fitzsimmons@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017 Students should contact the honours coordinator for their discipline who will provide them with details of the dissertation, the learning outcomes and assessment criteria.
Week 2 13-03-2017
Week 3 20-03-2017
Week 4 27-03-2017
Week 5 03-04-2017
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017
Week 7 24-04-2017
Week 8 01-05-2017
Week 9 08-05-2017
Week 10 15-05-2017
Week 11 22-05-2017
Week 12 29-05-2017
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Dissertation A
Task Description

Students should consult their nominated supervisor in the first instance for full details of the requirements for completing an honours dissertation as these will vary according to the discipline being studied. The dissertation will normally be at least 15,000 and no more than 20,000 words (or equivalent). Students will be provided with a clear set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria by their supervisor. The dissertation will demonstrate an appropriate level of mastery of the various dimensions at honours standard of the chosen discipline. This mastery may be demonstrated with a range of possible outcomes that are recognised and benchmarked in the relevant discipline such as: creative artefact and exegesis; original research and/or performance with critical reflection; critique of primary sources and literature review; musical performance; digital-media project, and so on.

Disciplines available
- Creative Writing
- Digital Media
- Geography & Environmental Studies
- History
- Literary & Cultural Studies
- Music
- Professional Communication
- Sociology

HONS20005 Dissertation A is the first part of a year-long project (across Terms 1 & 2). Students will enrol in HONS20006 Dissertation B in Term 2, and once the Dissertation is submitted and marked, they will be give an overall grade for both units.

Assessment Due Date As negotiated with the honours coordinator for the relevant discipline.
Return Date to Students Honours Dissertations are marked using examiners external to the University. Marked Dissertations and examiners' reports will be returned to the students as soon as practicable following the conclusion of the examination process.
Weighting 100%
Assessment Criteria
As negotiated with the honours coordinator for the relevant discipline.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Analyse and explain advanced and current specialist knowledge from selected disciplinary perspectives;

2. Identify, analyse and evaluate discipline relevant problems and articulate the critical debates surrounding them;

3. Communicate cogent arguments and/or research results in appropriate formats;

4. Research and deploy evidence, under supervisory guidance, at honours dissertation level; and,

5. Reflect upon feedback to identify and enact improvements.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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