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21913 Thesis in Management (Honours)

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Subject handbook information prior to 2019 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Business: Management
Credit points: 18 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


The honours thesis requires the student to produce a thesis of about 20,000 words based on an original problem of a theoretical or applied nature. The thesis is expected to demonstrate the student's competency to conceptualise, conduct and present research in a scholarly and independent manner.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. defend a research proposal on an original problem of a theoretical or applied nature
2. carry out the proposed research in an independent and competent manner
3. present the research in a manner which demonstrates competencies in conducting research and presenting the outcomes in a scholarly manner.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following program learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of relevant disciplinary practice and research (1.1)
  • Apply critical and analytical skills in the process of completing a research project aimed at contribution to discipline knowledge (2.1)
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills enabling presentation of research and ideas to a range of audiences (3.1)
  • Explain the potential social implications of this research (4.1)
  • Apply relevant analytical and evaluation tools and frameworks to address discipline specific problems (5.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The Honours thesis requires the student to produce a thesis of about 20,000 words based on an original problem of a theoretical or applied nature. The thesis is expected to demonstrate the student's competency to conceptualise, conduct and present research in a scholarly and independent manner.

Teaching and learning strategies

The honours thesis is an individually supervised subject with no formally scheduled class. An academic supervisor, who is normally the same as for the previous subject, is allocated to each student. Students are also be required to give an oral presentation to staff and other research students at a seminar arranged by the Management Discipline Group.

Content (topics)

  • A research proposal will be developed and implemented
  • The thesis will involve the pursuit of an approved set of research objectives via an appropriate methodology to achieve these objectives
  • A significant component of the thesis will involve the written presentation of the thesis research, with due attention paid to professional and scholarly standards


Assessment task 1: Thesis (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

This addresses program learning objectives(s):

1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1 and 5.1

Weight: 100%

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Recommended texts

The student's supervisor will recommend material depending on the particular topic area chosen for the empirical research. See also the list of references at the end of this document.


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