Master of Commerce (Thesis)

Course 202-AT (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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Course Overview:

Supervised research on approved topics may be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis in the disciplines of Accounting and Business Information Systems, Actuarial Studies, Management and Finance. Initial enquiries should be directed to the Head of the relevant Department.


Course Aims

The degree is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to original research.

Course Objectives

  • To provide students with the opportunity to acquire an in-depth knowledge about a particular topic.
  • To provide students with a capacity to read and critically evaluate the scholarly literature in the discipline.
  • To provide students with the capacity to pursue independent research by providing training in research methods.
  • To provide students with an understanding of and commitment to research ethics and high standards of scholarship.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to contribute original research in the field which may lead to publication and to provide students with the on-going capacity to publish independent research findings.
  • To provide an appropriate foundation for students intending to proceed to a PhD program.

Graduate Attributes and Generic Skills

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate the following attributes and skills:

  • Independent research;
  • Critical evaluation;
  • Analysis, interpretation and synthesis of information;
  • Problem solving;
  • Time management, which should be developed by completing a major research project within a limited period of time and maximising the quality of research;
  • Effective management of information, including the application of computer systems and software where appropriate.
Entry Requirements:

Admission to Master of Commerce courses normally requires either:

  • (a) A four-year honours degree in economics, commerce or related discipline of at least second class honours (H2B 70-74%) standard; or
  • (b) Successful completion of a preliminary course, normally the relevant Postgraduate Diploma, at an overall standard at least equivalent to that required for second class honours.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None

Course Requirements

Candidates will be required to pursue original research on an approved topic for at least one year full-time, or two years part-time. Candidates must consult with the Head of the relevant Department or Centre before lodging their submission for approval of their research project with the Manager (Professional Programs). When a candidate is accepted for the Degree of Master of Commerce by thesis a supervisor is appointed and the candidate should consult with the supervisor regularly. Candidates are required to complete an annual report each year before re-enrolment will be permitted.
Candidates are required to present the results of their research in the form of a thesis of about 30,000 words or, on the recommendation of their supervisor, a series of papers.
Three copies (typewritten, double-spaced) of the thesis must be submitted and, if passed by the examiners, one will be deposited in the University Library.
Theses submitted for examination must be lodged with the Executive Officer (Research and PhDPrograms) who will arrange for the appointment of external examiners and the conduct of the examination process.

Masters Thesis Guidelines and Codes of Practice can be found at

Code of Conduct for Research

All staff and graduate students in the Faculty must accept the obligation that in conducting and reporting on their research they will do so in a scholarly fashion and will provide sufficient documentation to enable others to replicate their results without inordinate difficulty. Amongst other things this implies that authors of papers applying econometrics/statistical procedures must ensure that they describe data sources, data transformations, packages used and estimation methods employed in sufficient detail that another researcher could replicate the study.

All staff and graduate students are expected to behave in a scholarly fashion, reporting the results of their research honestly, with full documentation on data sources etc. and with proper acknowledgement of any assistance they may have had from others.

Details of the Code of Conduct can be found at


Candidates are required to present the results of their research in the form of a thesis of about 30,000 words or, on the recommendation of their supervisor, a series of papers.

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