Course Title: Minor Thesis B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Minor Thesis B

Credit Points: 24

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Peter Rushbrook

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7854

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.09

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

As this is a postgraduate course students must have a base degree of at least 3 years.
An approved DSC Portfolio course in research methodology/methods and successful completion of Minor thesis A.


Course Description

The candidate will work in under supervisor and participate in tutorials in order to prepare and present a research project of approximately 19,500 words or equivalent. This is the second stage of a 3 stage project. During this stage the candidate will be gathering data and analysing results in preparation for the third and final semester of study. Note: data and interpretation may take varied forms depending on the research paradigm adopted and purpose of the research. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

For this course, students determine their own objectives. The project is essentially self-initiated and student-directed. Students will share their research in tutorials and negotiate individual consultations.

Please refer to Capability Development

Overview of Learning Activities

The course involves individual consultation and tutorials. Students will identify appropriate data forms for their selected research design and methods of interpretation will be developed.

Overview of Learning Resources

Given that this course is designed to meet the needs of students from a range of contexts. Students will be expected to access and read publications (journal articles, websites, book chapters etc) about their chosen topic. Methodology and method will be a focus of the research work this semester.

Overview of Assessment

A 19,500 word minor thesis to be submitted on the finalisation of the project (but not before the 3rd semester of the project.) Students will submit a draft of the methodology and method sections of their minor thesis this semester. Identified sections should be a discussion of the methodology, justifying research methods, a description of the methods utilised, the data collection and interpretive tools applied to the data.
Word count: 5 – 7000 words
Percentage of mark: A non-graded pass