Minor Thesis 4

Subject DENT90026 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: : Regular meetings with the supervisor. These may be weekly, fortnightly or as determined by agreement between the student and the supervisor.
Total Time Commitment:

In order to complete the minor thesis, students should ideally set aside 15-20 hours of independent, non-contact research investigation and thesis preparation each week.





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Prof Ivan Darby


POSTGRADUATE ADMINISTRATOR Tel: +61 3 9341 1507 Email: khanson@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

The completion of a piece of original research and the submission of a research thesis of approximately 25,000 words is required by the end of the third year of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. Students enrol in four consecutive minor thesis subjects over year 2 and year 3 of this course. This is the last of the four subjects. The thesis represents approximately nine months of full-time effort including project development, conduct of the experimental work, data analysis and thesis writing.

As a general guideline, the thesis is expected to be of sufficient standard and content to be potentially publishable in a peer-reviewed journal. In some instances a manuscript will already have been submitted to a journal, or the thesis may be in a format that will require very little change before such submission. In other instances a more traditional thesis format may be used. For either format, a more substantial literature review than is normally encountered in a published paper is included, either as a separate section of the thesis or as a separate manuscript for publication. It is recognised that not all research projects work out as well as might be hoped, often for reasons beyond the control of the student. Hence the guideline of potentially publishable work will be interpreted generously in some instances, and the thesis viewed as representing an appropriate level of effort.

Learning Outcomes:

To consolidate the skills and knowledge gained in the previous minor thesis subjects in order for the student to write a minor thesis and submit it for examination.


The thesis will be examined by two examiners, who are requested to read the thesis critically with regard to rationale, experimental design, data analysis and validity of conclusions, as well as citation and interpretation of literature, writing style and grammar, punctuation, etc. In circumstances where the students is required to resubmit their thesis for a second examination, they must enrol for the period of the re-write. Students who do not submit their thesis by the end of the third year are required to re-enrol in this subject in first semester of the following year to allow time to finish. In this case, a 'continuing' result will be entered. The final thesis mark is the average of the percentage marks awarded be the two examiners. The averaged mark is the final result recorded for this subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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