In this unit, the second of two units in which part-time minor thesis students enrol, students independently conduct research which demonstrates their ability to define a problem, undertake a detailed literature search and review the relevant theoretical and practical literature. Students develop a methodology and apply it to an appropriate problem or situation. They also demonstrate good data selection, collection and analysis skills. The written minor thesis involves a high standard of written communication skills. A supervisor is allocated to each student.

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EED6031 - Minor Thesis A (Part-Time)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Work collaboratively and ethically in conducting research and communicating research outcomes;  
  2. Conduct a substantial independent research project under supervision with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability  
  3. Critically review relevant and current principal scholarly literature/s relating to the thesis topic;  
  4. Interrogate and challenge complex information, and synthesise a range of conceptual and empirical materials to draw defensible conclusions; and  
  5. Authoritatively and effectively communicate structured, coherent ideas in a sustained written composition (or a negotiated alternative if choosing a creative work option) at a standard acceptable for academic peer review.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Thesis Minor thesis (15,000 - 20,000 words) 100%
The minor thesis will be no less than 15,000 or more than 20,000 words (or a negotiated alternative if choosing a creative work option). Examination of the minor thesis will be conducted by one external examiner and one internal examiner at the completion of this unit. The supervisor will not be the examiner. The examiners will mark and grade the minor thesis report. The final mark will be determined as average between the two marks. In the case of 30 points or above discrepancy in the examiners' marking, a third examiner will be appointed to determine the final mark.

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