Assessment requirements

Minor Thesis and Research Project

Please refer to the handbook entry for individual assessment requirements.


  • MAP5001 will be awarded a non-examinable grade of NE as the work will form part of the final minor thesis submission in MAP5002. This is only applicable to students enrolled in the 36 credit point minor thesis.
  • Electronic submission via Moodle is the only format permitted for submission of the research project in MAP5010 and the minor thesis in MAP5002.

Publication of assessment requirements

At the start of the minor thesis/research project students must be provided with a manual/guidelines document including all assessment details as outlined below:

  • The assessment regime;
  • Criteria by which each assessment task will be evaluated.
  • All thesis requirements (word or page limits, structure, conformity to conventions, both scientific and grammatical, formatting, etc.);
  • Criteria by which the thesis will be evaluated;
  • Submission dates; and
  • Penalties for late submission.


Schools/departments must have processes in place to ensure that students receive regular and effective feedback on their progress. For example, these could include:

  • Progress meetings with a supervisor at least once every fortnight for full time students and once a month for part time students. These meetings do not always need to take place face to face;
  • At least one draft but recommend no more than two drafts (written feedback) of the thesis  (excluding chapter drafts) - need to ensure the thesis is the original work of the student;
  • Formative written and/or oral assessment tasks; and
  • All other individual summative assessment tasks, including their individual marks.

Special consideration

Students who have been adversely affected by acute illness or other exceptional cause beyond their control, may apply for special consideration. The outcome of their application will depend on their case and the type of assessment affected, but mark adjustments will not be made under any circumstances. Eligibility criteria and application process details are available at:

For the Research Project or minor thesis, applications will require approval by the supervisor.

Late submission of assessment

Late submission of a minor thesis or research project without an approved extension of the deadline is unacceptable. Marks will be deducted for late submission at the rate of 5% per day. 

Minor thesis or research project students will be required to apply for an extension to their minor thesis or project candidature if submission of their thesis/project is going to be late. Exceptional circumstances apply here. Students may access the form on the Minor Thesis/Research Projects Moodle site.

Marking and grading

Written tasks
All written assessment tasks including literature reviews, research proposals, ethical critiques and assessment tasks other than the thesis/research project will be assessed as per normal unit marking arrangements by the supervisor or course/honours coordinator.

Marking of the thesis/research project
The thesis must be marked by at least two examiners. Ideally, both examiners should be external to the immediate research group however if this is not possible one examiner must be external. Research projects require marking by two examiners; however, both examiners may be internal. Supervisors should be ineligible to examine their students’ theses. Exception to this rule must be approved by the Deputy Dean (Education) on a student-by-student basis. Examiners are expected to return marks within 2 weeks of receiving the thesis/project.

For the minor thesis/research project, if the allocated marks differ by more than one grade, the two examiners will be asked to discuss the issues aiming to reach consensus on a final mark. If consensus is not reached the thesis will be sent to a third examiner whose mark will stand.

Submission of Research Project/Minor Thesis results and grades
All results must be submitted in accordance with standard coursework unit result upload processes. The deadline for uploading results in semester 1 is the first week of July and for semester 2 it is the end of November. The Course Coordinator or supervisor should set the thesis/project due date to ensure adequate time is given to the marking of the thesis/project and to also ensure that the mark and grade is returned in time to meet Faculty result uploading and Board of Examiner dates and university result release dates.

The recommendations for the results and grades for all individual assessable units for the Research Project, and Minor Thesis must be submitted to the Board of Examiners of the teaching faculty, in accordance with the university requirements for the release of results in each semester.

Marks that are not returned will be recorded as withheld (WH) until the end of the sixth week of the following semester, after which they will be amended to a fail result (0 N) if no further communication has been received from the school/department.

Faculty Board of Examiners (BoE)

The Faculty of MNHS Board of Examiners is responsible for the approval of final marks and grades in respect of individual students for all undergraduate and postgraduate units taught by the Faculty of MNHS, including Minor Thesis and Research Project units. The Board of Examiners has responsibility to monitor the Research Project and Minor Thesis grade distributions.

The Board of Examiners shall receive from the relevant unit chief examiners, through the MNHS Minor Thesis BoE, recommendations for the final Minor Thesis/Research Project marks and grades achieved by all students at the completion of their program. The Board will consider those recommendations on final marks and grades to ensure their comparability and consistency and shall monitor the moderation processes adopted within each school to ensure best practice. Therefore, under some circumstances, the BoE may recommend that the final results for individual students may differ from those recommended initially by the administering school/department.

To assist the Board of Examiners in meeting its responsibilities the faculty will establish a separate ‘MNHS Minor Thesis/Research Project Board of Examiners’ with delegated responsibilities of the Board of Examiners for all matters related to oversight of all MNHS Minor Thesis/Research Project Units at all campuses, prior to their subsequent formal ratification by the Faculty Board of Examiners.