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RES9506 Doctoral Research Project 1 (Low cost)

Semester 2, 2021 External
Short Description: Doctoral Res Proj 1 (Low cost)
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Graduate Research School
School or Department : Graduate Research School
Student contribution band : Band 4
ASCED code : 129999 - Mixed Field Programmes not els
Grading basis : Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory


Examiner: Charlotte Brownlow


Pre-requisite: Student must be enrolled in the following Program: DPHD

Other Requisites

Successful completion of all courses in Schedules A, B and C of the DPHD Recommended Enrolment Pattern.


Candidates undertaking non-lab based research should enrol in this course for each semester of their candidature when 1 unit of enrolment is required.
Non-lab areas include: Business and Commerce, Creative Arts and Media, Education, Health and Community (i.e. except Biomedical and Laboratory Medicine and, Psychology), Humanities and Communication, Information Technology, Law and Justice and Sciences (with sub-areas of Applied Data Science, Mathematics and Statistics).


This course is part of a supervised research project which provides opportunities for motivated and highly qualified students to undertake advanced study and to produce a research-based thesis. Students develop the appropriate research skills and specialist knowledge which will enhance their career prospects or allow them to undertake further studies. The emphasis of the program is on developing the appropriate knowledge and skills to undertake independent research and professional practice.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Investigate a substantial, complex and relevant area of research with specialised research skills that enable them to advance their discipline.
  2. Critically evaluate relevant research literature, theoretical propositions, methodologies and findings to design and conduct original research.
  3. Cogently present, verbally and in writing research findings which include propositions, creative works, insights and conclusions to their peers and professional community.
  4. Independently and systematically apply specialised technical and research skills to plan and execute a research project, undertake research ethically according to the discipline standards and generate new knowledge and original insights that make a contribution to their discipline.
  5. Apply principles of integrity, research ethics, judgement, adaptability and responsibility in ways appropriate to an expert in their discipline.


Description Weighting(%)
1. To be determined by the supervisor in consultation with the student. 100.00

Text and Materials

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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 Expectations

Activity Hours
Private Study 165.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Progress Report / Thesis 100 100 05 Nov 2021 (see note 1)

  1. Candidates who are not due to submit their Thesis must submit a Progress Report. The Office of Research Graduate Studies will notify candidates by email when the Progress Report is due.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There is no attendance requirement for this course. However, it is the student’s responsibility to attend regular meetings with the supervisory team to discuss their research progress.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Progress Reports: to complete the Progress Report satisfactorily, students must fill out the Progress Report in consultation with their supervisor and submit it to the relevant faculty research office. As part of their research program, students are expected to demonstrate satisfactory progress.
    Thesis: To successfully complete a thesis, students must have satisfactorily addressed the requested revisions to receive a passing grade.

  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:
    Progress Report: HDR students must submit a progress report and deemed to be making Satisfactory Progress by the supervisor and AD(RRT) to receive a SP grade.
    Thesis: At the end of the candidature students are required to submit a thesis for examination. Students must then satisfactorily address the examiners feedback to receive a passing grade for the degree to be awarded.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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

Date printed 8 November 2021