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«Congratulations on being enrolled as an Honours student in the School of Community Health at Charles Sturt University. We hope you find your Honours ...»

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 Examiners will be provided with detailed criteria on which to assess the dissertation, as outlined in this handbook and the HLT441 Subject Outline.

 In the event that there is a discrepancy of 15% or greater in examiners’ grades, or a dispute of the mark is lodged by the candidate, the nature of the issue should be forwarded to the Sub-Dean for arbitration. The Sub Dean may either allow the School’s Honours Coordinator to conduct mediation discussions between the two examiners, appoint a third examiner, or convene a Faculty Honours Committee meeting to resolve the issue.

 Once submitted, an Honours dissertation cannot be re-submitted irrespective of the mark awarded.

Classes of Honours (Final Honours Grade) The university has a policy of awarding classes of Honours different from grades awarded in other undergraduate degrees. The marks determining Class of Honours in

the School of Community Health are:

 Honours Class 1 (H1) 80 - 100%: The quality of work is excellent; shows originality and satisfies each and all of the criteria in the marking rubric.

 Honours Class 2, Division 1 (H2A) 70 - 79%: The quality of work is very good.

 Honours Class 2, Division 2 (H2B) 60 - 69%: The quality of work is good.

 Honours Class 3 (H3) 50 - 59%: The quality of work is satisfactory.

 Fail (FL) Less than 50%: The quality of work is unsatisfactory.

The level of award (Class of Honours) is determined solely by the mark awarded for the dissertation.

Additional Assessment (AA) or Additional Examination (AE) AA and AE grades will NOT be offered.

FEEDBACK Feedback to students All marked copies of the dissertation will be returned to you on completion of the examination process.

You will receive any written comments made by the examiners on the marking rubric and annotations on the examined copies of the dissertation, and the specific marks recommended by the examiners. Please note that initial recommendations made regarding the grade awarded for your dissertation may be altered, as a result of decisions by the University’s assessment committees. Honours grades are not final until ratified and formally released to students.

Any delay in receiving feedback can be disconcerting. Please be aware that the process of finalising Honours grades is much more involved and time-consuming than the process is in regular subjects. You will receive news from the School Honours Coordinator of your ungratified/recommended grade via email as soon as it is known.

Please also be aware that even very good dissertations are likely to attract some negative comments, and a terrific dissertation can receive less than a First-Class Honours grade (H1). It’s important to note that although every effort is made to maximise transparency, objectivity, and consistency in the marking of dissertations, subjectivity in the views of individual examiners is inevitable. You should expect that your examiners’ scores will differ on at least some criteria. This is a fact of life that applies not only to students but to professional academics when they submit papers to journals for peer-review; often one reviewer will give a more favourable review and score than the other reviewer, despite the fact that the same criteria were used.

You are encouraged to aim high – to work hard to achieve the rigorous standards required for a H1 grade. However, it’s important to keep in mind that being accepted into an Honours course is impressive in itself and successfully completing an Honours degree, whatever the grade, is even more impressive. Ultimately, when you write Bachelor of xxxx (Honours) after your name, people will usually notice the ‘Honours’ but rarely wonder about the particular Honours grade that you graduated with 


Publications and presentations arising from your research Your identity as a researcher should not finish with the end of Honours. You are strongly encouraged to disseminate the findings of your research. When you have completed your Honours degree, you are encouraged to submit your publishable article for actual publication, or at least to present your work at a professional conference.

Honours research should result in at least one publication so that other researchers are aware of the theoretical perspectives, methods, results and conclusions of your study.

Presenting your research at a conference or getting a research paper published is not only good for your morale and your CV, but also aids your career prospects and is important to your research supervisors, the School, and the University.

Prior to preparing the final copy of your research article for journal submission, you must decide whether or not to make alterations to your dissertation in light of the suggestions or corrections indicated by the examiners. Your supervisors may provide some advice concerning this. You may want to consider making at least some changes / improvements based on feedback from examiners.

The APA recommends that authorship (being named as an author) be reserved for people who make a primary contribution to and hold primary responsibility for the data, concepts, and interpretation of results for a published work. Authorship encompasses not only those who do the actual writing but also those who have made substantial scientific contributions to the study. Principal authorship (being listed as the first author) should reflect the relative contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their relative status (e.g., their experience as an academic).

The APA recommends that a student be listed as principal author on any multipleauthored article that is substantially based on the student’s dissertation or thesis, and the School of Community Health espouses this view. However, in the School of Community Health, the ultimate decision on whether work conducted during an Honours program should be published is deemed to lie with the supervisor(s) and with the Head of School. Poor quality work will not be allowed to be submitted for publication, since it would reflect poorly on the University, the School, the supervisor, and the student.

University policy relating to publication of work by Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students can be found at http://www.csu.edu.au/research/support/research-students/my-hdr/completion/publicationand-authorship Honours students are not HDR students, but the policy principles on this website are relevant to Honours students.

NOTE: As part of the ethical approval for your project, all raw data should be kept at the school with your supervisor after you graduate.


Complaints / grievance procedures Any complaints you may have should, in the first instance, be addressed to your supervisor and then to the School Honours coordinator.

If you are not satisfied with the decision or decisions of the above people, you may appeal to the Head of School. Appeals must be in writing and be lodged with the Head of School within 21 days of the date of notification of the decision. The purpose of any consultation that arises from that is to examine options for the resolution of the complaint and to provide you with appropriate assistance and guidance.

If a complaint, problem or concern cannot be resolved to your satisfaction, you may wish to lodge a grievance. The University defines a grievance as ‘a complaint arising from a situation in which a person considers that he or she has been wronged because of an act, decision, or omission that the person regards as unjust, wrongful, or discriminatory and that is within the control of the university’. Once a grievance has been reported in writing it becomes formal and requires specific action to be taken within a defined period to resolve the issues of concern. The written grievance must be lodged with the university’s ombudsman who is responsible for implementing the University’s grievance resolution policy. CSU’s complaints policy and procedure can be found at http://www.csu.edu.au/division/plandev/ombudsman/ Quality assurance and improvement In an effort to enhance desirable attributes, and/or identify and rectify deficiencies of the Honours course, Honours students and supervisors are requested to make their concerns and opinions known to the school Honours coordinator, the Head of School, or the relevant Sub-Dean in the Faculty, preferably in writing.

Responsibilities at the end of the course  Submit an ethics completion form to the administrator for the School or University Ethics committee (as appropriate) http://www.csu.edu.au/research/ethics_safety/human/ehrc_managing You will have to do something similar for any other ethics committee that approved your research.

 Give the Honours administrator ( lbeverly@csu.edu.au ) the address to which you would like the marked copies of your dissertation sent if that address is different from your home address on the University’s administrative system.

APPENDICES APPENDIX A – Model for first pages This dissertation is submitted to Charles Sturt University for the insert name of degree here.

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Certificate of authorship “I hereby declare that this submission is my own work and that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, it contains no material previously published or written by another person nor material which to a substantial extent has been accepted for the award of any other degree or diploma at Charles Sturt University or any other educational institution, except where due acknowledgment is made in the thesis. Any contribution made to the research by colleagues with whom I have worked at Charles Sturt University or elsewhere during my candidature is fully acknowledged.

I agree that this thesis be accessible for the purpose of study and research in accordance with the normal conditions established by the Executive Director, Library Services or nominee, for the care, loan and reproduction of theses.” Signed…………………………………………………… Name…………………………………………………… Date………………………………………………………

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.................. don’t forget to acknowledge all the people who helped you to undertake your study and complete your dissertation, including those who provided specific intellectual and editorial input.

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Sample text

author. Editorial assistance comprised correction of punctuation and minor changes to formatting, to ensure that the presentation conformed to APA guidelines.

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This study was approved by the Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee. The ethics approval number is

The names of all the participants have been replaced with pseudonyms (if required).

APPENDIX B – Certificate of readiness

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is ready for assessment and that the candidate has completed all requirements of the program leading to the above award.

Additional comments:

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Name of Supervisor:




Where a student cannot meet with the supervisor to obtain a signature by the deadline, an email from the primary supervisor to Linda Beverly ( lbeverly@csu.edu.au ), by the due date, stating above, will be attached to the dissertation in place of this certificate.

APPENDIX C – Dissertation Assessment Rubric

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*Four appendices MUST be attached or the portfolio will be returned to student and a late submission penalty will apply: Appendix A – Copy of the full author guidelines of selected journal; Appendix B – Ethics documents, including ethics approval letter, participant information sheet, and participant consent form; Appendix C – Data collection instrument(s) and/or detailed methodological information;

Appendix D – Detailed data analyses (e.g., SPSS output, sample of transcript showing analysis and theme development).

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