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CSC8410 Independent Studies in Computing/Mathematics/Statistics A

Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences

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Examiner: Ron Addie
Moderator: Richard Watson


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCOP or MPIT or MCOT or MCTE

Other requisites

Program Coordinator's approval is required before enrolment in this course.


This course exists to satisfy the need for greater flexibility in Masters Programs in Computing, Mathematics and Statistics to cater for the widely varying interests and chosen specialisations of students.


The course provides the opportunity for a student to pursue an area of study that will complement the other studies in the student's program. Typically, the course will consist of specialised investigations extending knowledge and skills in a certain area. The studies could involve, for example, directed readings, extension of a project (where appropriate), or some other approved activity which would complement the student's studies in the program. It is also envisaged that this course could offer an expanded version of an existing course already offered at Level 4. Enrolment in this course is only available to students in Masters and some other Postgraduate programs and such enrolment requires the permission of the Department Postgraduate and Research Coordinator. Students must discuss their enrolment in this course with their Program Coordinator before enrolling.


On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills in the selected study area.


Description Weighting(%)
1. No specific topics can be listed as the content of the course may vary from student to student. Assessment for the course will also vary according to the nature of the study undertaken by each student. By the end of the third week of semester, the supervisor will provide to the Examiner for approval by the Associate Dean:
  • an outline of the study
  • the objectives of the study
  • the format, timing and weighting of the assessment items for the study
  • a statement about attendance requirements
  • for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily
  • the method to combine assessment results to attain final grade
  • examination information
  • examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held
  • any other requirements deemed necessary by the Examiner.

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  • To be advised by the student's supervisor.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 150.00
Supervisor Consultation 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
APPROVED ASSESSMENT PROGRAM 100 100 20 Jun 2014 (see note 1)

  1. Further details about the assessment requirements are detailed in the Assessment Notes section of the course.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    See Topics Section.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    See Topics Section.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    See Topics Section.

  6. Examination information:
    See Topics Section.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    See Topics Section.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The Supervisor will advise the student and the Examiner of the details of the study and the assessment program in writing by the end of week 3 of the semester as in the Topics Section.

  2. The referencing system to be used in this course is supported by the Department. Information on this referencing system and advice on how to use it can be found in the course materials.

Other requirements

  1. The independent study area chosen will be assigned after consultation with the Examiner and the Program Coordinator. Students may be directed to a certain study, or they may be asked to nominate an appropriate study. The approval of their nominated study will depend on the availability of appropriate staff to supervise the study.