University of Technology Sydney

21994 Thesis in Management (Honours)

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UTS: Business: Management
Credit points: 24 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 20,000-30,000 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, independent and ethical manner.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Synthesise research findings and existing literature to create appropriate, evidence-based conclusions
2. Present research findings, outcomes, and impact in a scholarly manner
3. Critically reflect on ethical Indigenous research practices to work with, and for, Indigenous peoples across the management discipline research and professions

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Apply critical thinking and analytical skills in the process of completing a research project (1.1)
  • Communicate research and its potential impacts effectively to a range of audiences (2.1)
  • Evaluate how research design and outcomes create value for Indigenous Australians, and contributes to ways that others can work ethically and sustainably (3.1)
  • Apply the appropriate research method and analytical tools in addressing discipline specific problems (4.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject contributes to the development of the following graduate attribute(s):

  • intellectual rigour and innovative problem solving
  • communication and collaboration
  • social responsibility and cultural awareness
  • professional and technical competence

Teaching and learning strategies

The Honours thesis is an individually supervised subject with no formally scheduled class. Students are expected to engage in discussions with their supervisor on ethical research practices and principles, including the AIATSIS Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research.

Students may 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)

The subject is individually supervised with no formally scheduled class. Students will undertake research and complete the thesis independently and in their own time, under the supervision of an academic supervisor.


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 and 4.1

Weight: 100%

20,000-30,000 words

  • Ability to articulate and explain the dissertation topic, including quality of arguments
  • Quality of scholarship and research, including ability to use appropriate theoretical and/or methodological concepts
  • Ability to critically evaluate the relevance and application of principles of AIATSIS Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research
  • Quality of structure and organisation, including standard of presentation

Minimum requirements

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

Required texts

Essential texts will be determined by the student in conjunction with their academic supervisor.


The student's supervisor may recommend material depending on the particular topic area chosen for the empirical research. See also below a list of suggested references:

Lovitts, B. & Wert, E. (2009). Developing Quality Dissertations: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Achieving Excellence.

O’Gorman, K. D. & MacIntosh, R. (2014). Research Methods for Business & Management: A Guide to Writing your Dissertation. Goodfellow Publishers.

Rodgers, P.A. & Yee, J. (2015). The Routledge Companion to Design Research. Routledge.