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School of Tourism



Academic Calendar 2012 SEMESTER 1



20 - 24 February

Semester 1 commences

27 February

Census date

31 March


Mid-semester break

9 - 13 April

New Year’s Day

2 January

Semester 1 resumes

16 April

Australia Day

26 January

Last date to withdraw*

30 April

Good Friday

6 April

Revision period

4 - 8 June

Easter Monday

9 April

Examination period

9 - 23 June

Anzac Day

25 April

Semester 1 ends

23 June

Labour Day

7 May

Graduation week

16 - 20 July

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

11 June

Royal Queensland Show

15 August

Queen’s Birthday

1 October


Summer Semester

26 November - 9 February 2013

Mid-year Orientation

16 - 20 July

Christmas Day

25 December

Semester 2 commences

23 July

Boxing Day

26 December

Census date

31 August

Mid-semester break

24 - 28 September

Last date to withdraw*

30 September

Semester 2 resumes

2 October

Revision period

29 October - 2 November

Examination period

3 - 17 November

Semester 2 ends

17 November

Graduation weeks

3 - 17 December

* Last date to drop courses or cancel enrolment without academic penalty

Welcome It is with much pleasure that I welcome you to the School of Tourism in 2012. When you start your study with us you are joining the alumni of the longest running and leading tourism school in Australia. We are lucky enough to have a team of award winning teaching staff who have expertise in industry and research to ensure your study is relevant and gives you a competitive edge in the workplace. We have developed a comprehensive program that combines business principles, technology and the latest tourism research to ensure you have a solid grounding and an educational experience that prepares you well for your career. Our program has also received international recognition in the form of partnerships and accreditation. You will have access to industry leaders and gain experience with guest lectures and field visits. These various industry experiences combine to ensure that your learning is current and relevant for your future and you leave us with excellent career prospects. Our graduates are now leaders in the sector working in peak tourism organisations, major international hotels and resorts, and the conference and exhibition industry. You are now part of this community and have access to an excellent network of contacts and friends to help you achieve your future ambitions. I want to thank you for choosing to study with us and I know we can help you reach your goals in the tourism, hospitality and events industries. Associate Professor Stephen Craig-Smith Head of School School of Tourism

It is a privilege to welcome some of our top performing students to the School of Tourism’s Honours Program. As Honours Coordinator, I look forward to working with each and every one of you over the coming year on what will be one of the most challenging but nonetheless rewarding experiences you are likely to encounter over the course of your academic studies.

Welcome from Gabby

Our Honours program is designed to deliver personalised research tuition that will enable our graduates to benefit from a number of outcomes, such as; an ‘edge’ over others in the employment market, the ability to take commercial based research projects from inception to completion, a greater depth of knowledge in specific discipline areas and preparation for graduate studies. My job is to ensure this year runs as smoothly as possible for you and your nominated supervisor to ensure you achieve the best possible result. I encourage you to become involved with the school’s reputable research team by participating in the school research workshops and attending our PhD milestone presentations – both of which will enhance your knowledge in terms of research skills and post graduate research. On behalf of myself and the School of Tourism, I wish you all the very best for the year ahead. Dr Gabby Walters Honours Coordinator School of Tourism 1




Welcome from the Head of School




Study Information and Student Support


Frequently Asked Questions




Overview of Honours Program


Honours Program Structure


Choosing a Topic and Your Supervisor


Producing the Honours Thesis


Publications and Conferences

INTRODUCTION The School of Tourism is positioned within the Faculty of Business, Economics & Law at The University of Queensland. The School aims to deliver meaningful learning opportunities for students and practitioners by offering a suite of academically rigorous, professionally oriented programs at the St Lucia campus. The School currently has over 25 academic and research staff with solid industry experience and outstanding academic credentials, and a notable assembly of Adjunct Professors who are senior industry and government leaders.

Quality Programs The School of Tourism has the longest running Tourism program in Australia. The School offers a suite of world-class undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and research higher degree programs that prepare students for a successful career in tourism related industries.

Excellence in Teaching The School of Tourism has a full complement of experienced and well-qualified academic staff. They have current industry knowledge across a range of disciplines and a strong research track record. Our teaching staff regularly receive excellent student evaluations results and have received awards for teaching excellence from UQ and external bodies. As a result, our students enjoy a quality learning experience with the School.

Accreditation The University of Queensland is currently the only university in Australia who has been accredited by the United Nations World Tourism Organization under the UNWTO TedQual Certification System, a quality assurance system for tourism education and training.

Tourism Student Association (TSA) The Tourism Student Association (TSA) provides a forum for the student community to benefit from social, academic and professional development opportunities. The TSA is open to all undergraduate, postgraduate and research higher degree students studying with the School of Tourism. To join the TSA, download a membership form from the School of Tourism website and follow the instructions at the bottom of the form. To contact the TSA, email The TSA is also on Facebook under “UQTSA.”

Outstanding Career Prospects Based on area of specialisation graduates can expect to find employment in a wide range of areas in the tourism sector including: travel and tourism enterprises; arts and music festivals; sports events; meetings and conventions; transport industry; accommodation industry; tourism consultancy; travel retail; tour operators; cruise shipping and airlines; travel wholesalers; management consultancies; state and local government; various sections of the hospitality industry; and destination management.

Alumni UQ graduates enjoy more than just great career prospects and fond memories. Alumni receive access to UQ Library services, including some online databases, continued access to UQ Employment Services and access to discounts at UQconnect and UQ Sport. Registered alumni members receive the School’s Alumni eNewsletters, invitations to various events and the UQ Graduate Contact magazine.

The School is also accredited by the elite International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE), an international course accreditation and quality assurance body that recognises, develops, promotes and supports outstanding capability in this field of education.

School Memberships • United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) • International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) • Restaurant and Catering Queensland • International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE) • Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) • Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) • Tourism and Transport Forum Australia (TTF) • The Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) • Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) • The Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS).


student INFORMATION PROGRAM ADVICE Academic advising For assistance and advice, contact the Honours Coordinator, Dr Gabby Walters at or your Academic Advisor, Kazue Nakamoto at

mySI-net You must ensure you have completed all enrolment requirements as set out in The University of Queensland Enrolment Guide (accessed via mySI-net). You must enrol online and maintain personal details using mySI-net at All students are provided with an email account. It is important that you check your email regularly as the Faculty and School will send correspondence to you via this email.

STUDENT SUPPORT Student support policy The University of Queensland is committed to providing you with a high level of support. Student Services provides Learning Advisors who can assist you with your studies. For further information visit, or visit Student Services in the Student Union Building.

Support for students with a disability or who develop a disability Any student with a disability, who may require alternative academic arrangements in this program, is encouraged to seek advice at the commencement of the semester from a Disability Adviser at Student Services. Assessment variation is possible for students with a disability.

Computer facilities The BEL Faculty computer laboratories consist of a general use main lab plus five teaching labs located on level 2 of the Chamberlain Building and two teaching labs located in the GPN3 Building. The Chamberlain main lab is open for general access from Monday–Friday between 7:45am–10:00pm. Access outside of these hours is available with an afterhours swipe card.

Library The library has many online and physical resources to help you study. Subject guides have resources developed especially for your courses – click on the course resources tab. There are also databases that you can access online if you select Tourism from the subject menu. There is also a dedicated librarian to Tourism who can help you – Cassie Doyle at

STUDY INFORMATION Electronic Course Profiles (ECPs)

The UQ St Lucia campus offers many services and facilities for students. Find out more by visiting

Electronic Course Profiles detail all the relevant assessment and course information for each course. Please read it thoroughly and discuss with the course coordinator if necessary. ECPs are available online approximately four weeks before the start of classes via the Programs and Courses website. Course profiles aim to assist students with course selection/ program planning. Once enrolled in a course, students can access the course profiles via mySI-net.The course profiles include aggregated reports summarising the semester’s learning activities, assessment items, required and recommended resources, and allow students to see how successful course completion contributes to graduate attribute development.

Blackboard To facilitate communication and provide information and core content, all courses are supported by Blackboard. This provides students with centralised access to all Blackboard-supported courses on the server and includes the following features: • a learning guide, including objectives of courses, learning resources, study chart and assessment requirements • discussion boards – students are encouraged to use the discussion board throughout the semester to interact with peers and the lecturer • gradebook – a running tally of your marks may be available on Blackboard • students only have access to their own marks and cannot view other students’ marks • visit 4

Policy in the event of timetable changes

Submitting assignments

If a class is cancelled because of staff illness or other unforeseen events, you will be notified and advised of any arrangements to reschedule or learning materials as soon as possible.

Unless otherwise advised by your course coordinator, all written assignments are now to be electronically submitted via Blackboard. The instructions for submission are in the Online Submission Folder in your course Blackboard site. The online submission is in addition to any other submission requirements that appear in this ECP.

Referencing styles Referencing styles are stated on Electronic Course Profiles (ECPs). Information on referencing styles can be found on the library web site All Course Outlines direct students to the website, and/or alternative publications that give appropriate examples.

Plagiarism The submission of work or ideas which are not your own and for which you claim credit is called plagiarism. When knowingly applied this is considered a form of cheating. Under University Policy, cheating constitutes misconduct, and is viewed very seriously by the University community. Students who are suspected of cheating may undergo misconduct proceedings, and, if found guilty, receive a penalty under the Statute.

Applying for an extension of time for an assignment Extensions are normally only considered for acute medical conditions or for unexpected personal hardship or distress. Poor workload planning or equipment failure is not considered to be grounds for granting an extension. Documentary evidence such as a medical certificate or a statement provided by another recognised professional service should be included with the request. To apply for an extension, please download and complete the form found at

Return of marked assignments

Any material taken from texts and other references, including electronic resources, and the Internet, must be acknowledged using the accepted referencing style which is outlined on the UQ library website. A clear statement on plagiarism (definition, unacceptability, penalties) is included in all School of Tourism course materials.

Marked assignments will be returned one of two ways. Hardcopies will be available for collection from the BEL CLC (you will be notified by email when these are ready) and you will need to produce your student card. Electronic versions can be retrieved via My Grades in Blackboard. For instructions, see the guide for viewing your results at current-students/

For more information see the policy on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism at

The School aims to return all student work within two weeks of submission.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS How late can I add courses?

SEMESTER ONE 2011 Semester starts

27 Feb 2012

Census date (last date to drop or cancel courses without financial penalty)

31 March 2012

You can add courses yourself in mySi-net up until the end of week two of semester. After this, you will need permission from the Course Coordinator and the Faculty. You cannot add courses after census date.

Last date to withdraw without academic penalty

30 April 2012

What is the importance of census date?

Semester ends

23 June 2012

SEMESTER TWO 2011 Semester starts

23 Jul 2012

Census date (last date to drop or cancel courses without financial penalty)

31 August 2012

Last date to withdraw without academic penalty

30 Sept 2012

Semester ends

17 Nov 2012

ENROLLING When will I receive a UQ user name and password? You will receive advice about your UQ user name and password via the email address supplied on your application to the University. If you have not supplied an email address, a UQ user name and password can be arranged at a Student Centre on arrival. More information:

Where can I buy textbooks?

What is the difference between the census date and the academic withdrawal date? The census date refers to the date by which you must finalise your enrolment; after this date you will incur fees and not be able to add new courses. If you are a Domestic Student, the census date refers to the date by which you must finalise your enrolment; after this date you will incur fees. If you are an International Student, your fees for the semester are based on your unit enrolment on the first day of semester. If you subsequently enrol in more units you will be billed accordingly, and if you officially withdraw from units any fees paid will be held in credit towards your next semester’s fees. The academic withdrawal date is the date by which you must withdraw from a unit of study to avoid a fail grade (academic penalty). See front cover for 2012 dates.

What is meant by ‘interruption to studies’?

The Co-Op Bookshop stocks a current supply of required texts. The Library also keeps a copy of these in the high-use section. Second-hand textbooks may be purchased at the Second-hand Bookshop located in the Student Union Complex, Building 21, St Lucia campus.

Interruption to studies refers to ceasing study for a period of time after starting a program. For more information, visit au/myadvisor/interrupting-studies/

How do I change courses?

You need to ensure your estimated graduation term is correct in mySI-net (under Program > Graduation semester on the left hand menu).

Until the end of the second week of each semester, you can add, drop or change courses via mySI-Net without incurring any charges. However, there may be other implications (e.g. student visa implications, financial liability) which you should take into consideration. Timelines for Summer Semester courses are more stringent.

What are electives? Electives are courses you can choose, compared to compulsory courses that you must complete. You can choose from a wide range of courses offered across the University. At Honours level, electives must be 6000 level or approved by the Honours Coordinator.

What are prerequisites? Prerequisites are minimum entry requirements for admission to a certain course. Course prerequisites are specific courses students need to have studied and passed before enrolling in the nominated course. This is to ensure that students have the required knowledge in the course area and are deemed able to undertake the course successfully.


The census date is the date by which all your enrolment, fees, HECS and FEE-HELP arrangements need to be finalised for a semester. Your fee liability is your liability for all fees and charges, and is finalised based on your enrolment details recorded at the census date. (You should enrol in both semesters at once if you intend to study for a full academic year.)

How do I graduate?

In your last semester of study your record will be checked and you should receive a graduate notice in mySI-net. If this does not happen please contact your Academic Advisor, Kazue Nakamoto at For information on ceremony times and other graduation information please visit



What happens with my class of Honours?

Where do I find details of scholarships?

Class is determined by course results over the year. It will be officially entered by Faculty after results are released in your second semester.

See the UQ Scholarships page: scholarships/ for details of the various scholarships open to new and continuing University of Queensland students. The website clearly explains the criteria which must be met in order to be eligible for each of the scholarships.

How do I access research information? Web link: Research profile: Research_Profile_2011.pdf

Do I get any financial support? All honours students are eligible for a research allocation of up to $300 to cover research expenses. You are required to obtain approval from your supervisor to access this.

Who marks my thesis? Two academic staff will be nominated to examine your thesis. If there is a more than a 10 mark discrepancy, the school will appoint the third marker to assess the thesis. For more information on these and other questions, please visit MyAdvisor at

What if I am unhappy with a result? If you feel that your performance in a piece of assessment is not accurately represented by the mark you have been given, you are entitled to query this. You should first seek feedback from your Course Coordinator. If you are still unhappy then you can apply for a remark of the piece by completing a Request for Remark form accompanied by a detailed statement as to why the result given is not in line with the assessment criteria of the piece. Please visit more information.

How can I get some work experience? The Faculty of BEL offers a service to help students gain access to internship opportunities, volunteer placements and networking events. See this site for more information visit: http: and visit Career Hub, UQ’s Online Employment Service, to view opportunities:

How can I find out more about student visas? The Department of Immigration and Citizenship administers student visas in Australia ( There is also a Visa Officer at the Student Centre (JD Story, Building 61 near the bus interchange). For more information see:

How do I get a certified copy of a document? The Student Centre have staff who can certify documents for you.

Where can I find out about School of Tourism news and events? Visit the School of Tourism website, au, and click on the news and events link. You can also join the School of Tourism Facebook page - search for ‘School of Tourism @ The University of Queensland.’

For more information on these and other questions, visit MyAdvisor at


terminology PROGRAM

The sequence of study involving enrolment, study and graduation which is normally awarded with a qualification such as a degree, diploma or certificate. A Program, for example, is Bachelor of International Hotel & Tourism Management (Honours).


A course is a subject within a program, for example TOUR6005.


The value of each course is denoted by a unit value. Most courses are #2.


The University teaching year is divided into three semesters: semester 1 - generally February to June, semester 2 - generally July to November and summer semester - generally December to February. Most programs only require you to be enrolled in semesters 1 and 2. Summer semester can be optional.

GPA (Grade Point Average)

The average of the results of your completed study at the end of each semester is denoted as GPA on your studies report. Cumulative GPA is the overall GPA for all courses you have successfully completed within your program. See MyAdvisor ( for more information.


The School Advised Academic pathway (see page 12), is the list of courses you should undertake in each semester of offer to allow you to complete your program in the shortest possible time. (Please note: These pathways are recommendations to help with enrolment decisions to ensure courses are completed in the designed order. Students are very strongly urged to follow the pathway as advised. If students choose to vary their enrolment from these advised plans, the changes will need to be checked by the Honours Coordinator to ensure that the variation will meet the program requirements within the correct program time frame.)


The following information explains the abbreviations used at UQ. Contact hours (2L1S)

The number and type of class contact hours each week are represented by a combination of letters and figures within brackets. Thus (2L1S) means a requirement of 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour Seminar work each week.

The codes used here are: L lecture; P practical or laboratory or computer laboratory; T tutorial; S seminar; C class contact, which may take any of the above forms. D indicates that contact hours are listed for the duration of the course. Course Restricted R

A course is restricted to students enrolled in the program/s listed by the abbreviated title.

Semester offered Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1 or 2 Internal NOT 2012 Sum

A course undertaken completely in first semester. A course undertaken completely in second semester. A course which may be undertaken in either semester. A course which requires attendance on campus. The course will not be offered in 2012. A course taught in summer semester.

NOTE: Not all courses are offered each year. Please check mySI-net to confirm availability for enrolment. Course Requirements: Prerequisites, Corequisites, Incompatibles Pre Coreq Inc P C

Prerequisite. Enrolment is not permitted in the course unless a pass has been obtained in any course listed as a prerequisite or any other prescribed requirement has been fulfilled. Corequisite. Enrolment is not permitted in the course unless the student has passed, has been granted credit for, or is concurrently enrolled in any course listed as a corequisite. Incompatible. Credit is not given for the course if credit has been obtained for any course listed as incompatible. A recommended prerequisite, but not compulsory. A recommended corequisite, but not compulsory.


HONOURS PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Honours program is seen as a transitional degree from undergraduate to postgraduate studies. Details can be found on the Programs and Courses website program/

Program requirements The Honours Program is available on a full-time or part-time basis and involves the completion of 16 units of study which includes an 8 unit thesis.

Benefits of doing honours The Honours program with the School of Tourism is designed to: • facilitate the development of superior analytical skills that are important in any chosen tourism career; • enhance your knowledge of the current, leading-edge management techniques and research literature related to areas of study in tourism; • take you directly to PhD research if you attain Hons I or Hons IIA (dependent on topic);

Entry to the program

• lead to an academic career;

Entry to the Honours Program requires a completed BIHTM (or equivalent degree) with a GPA of at least 5.0. It is also dependent on the proposed field of research and the resulting capacity of the School to ensure your appropriate supervision.

• lead to a well-paid professional career where higher level research skills are required; and

International students English language requirements In addition to the qualifications noted in Qualifications above, it is necessary for international students to meet the English requirements as follows: IELTS

(International English Language Testing Services) Band 6.5 with no individual scores less than 6.0- and obtained within the last two years

OR Evidence that the medium of instruction for your undergraduate degree was in English for at least two years in the last five years. In this case, please contact UQ International for more information.

• facilitate the development of research communication skills. In addition: • you will be supported by highly qualified and experienced academic and administrative staff; and • an orientation session is in place to ensure that you settle in, and feel ‘at home’ without delay, especially if you are new to the School.

Goals and objectives of your honours degree The aim of the Honours degree is to: • provide you with an integrated and comprehensive education in the study area of event management, hotel management and travel & tourism management; • offer advanced study in a range of specialist fields; • provide experience and training in academic research; • ensure a sophisticated grasp of management issues as related to the event, hospitality and tourism industries; and • foster the development of analytical and research skills including the capacity to relate research to a broad framework of knowledge and theory and to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological skills that relate to fields of tourism, event, hospitality.

Research Seminar Series The School of Tourism offers a number of research seminars and workshops during the year and partakes in a symposium series involving Griffith and Southern Cross Universities. As an Honours student in the School you are very welcome to join these seminars, not only for their intellectual content, but also for the networking opportunities offered providing you with the opportunity to personally meet a wide range of practitioners, researchers and academics.

Research and Library Skills The Library offers a range of programs on research skills; researching on the Internet; and the use of Library facilities. Information can be obtained by contacting the reference desk at Social Sciences and Humanities Library. For more information visit

Honours Funding All honours students will receive a research allocation of up to $300, if required, to cover research expenses, subject to the approval of your supervisor. You will need to supply receipts for all costs incurred to be able to claim this. If you wish to use this allocation for travel (e.g. airfares), you must organise this via the School Manager.


Printing and Archiving Your Thesis In addition to the above funding, the school will cover the cost of permanent binding for your thesis. All theses will be uploaded to eSpace.

supervisor, then if the issue is not resolved, speak with the Honours Coordinator, and finally where appropriate, the matter can be referred to the Head, School of Tourism. Alternatively, depending on the concern you have, you might prefer to go straight to a counsellor at Student Support Services - please visit

Grievance Procedures The School of Tourism wants to support you in every way possible. If you are unhappy about some aspect of your studies, or your interactions with the School, or any member of the School, you are encouraged to address the situation as early as possible before it starts to have a negative psychological impact on your output and thus ensure the least amount of disruption to your studies. For instance, there might be some aspect of your supervision that concerns you. You might have a difference of opinion regarding some of your work that is to be published. You might not feel that you are getting adequate feedback. You might be concerned with a course mark that you received. Alternatively, it could be something totally different. If you feel uncomfortable about any issue, it is important that you deal with it as early as possible. At no time should you feel that your position in the School, or your course marks would be jeopardised in any way, by raising an issue of concern. If you have a concern, you are advised to discuss the matter, in the first instance, with your supervisor, if you feel comfortable doing so, otherwise with the Honours Coordinator. Generally speaking though, start by discussing the matter with your

Ethical Clearance Before gathering any data, you are required for Ethical Clearance Check.

Checklist for New Honours Students Having chosen to join us at The University of Queensland’s School of Tourism, your first few days may feel a little strange as you familiarise yourself with the School. As such, it is most important that you attend the Honours Orientation session. Also, it is a good idea to phone the coordinator the week before you begin your Honours studies and make an appointment to see them as your first port of call. During the first week of semester, using the checklist below, follow up on the resources that you think you might need and have not yet received. Have I: • Received all my Honours Student orientation information? • Familiarised myself with the various library research programs and computer skills programs on offer? • Made a time to meet with my supervisor? • Enrolled and do I know where my first lectures are?


HONOURS PROGRAM STRUCTURE Enrolment Plan Semester 1 (commencing February) TOUR6005

Tourism, Hospitality, Events: Research Methods



Thesis Part A



Level 6 approved course



Level 6 approved course


Semester 2 (commencing July) TOUR6006

Tourism and Hospitality Issues



Thesis Part B


Semester 2 (commencing July) TOUR6005

Tourism, Hospitality, Events: Research Methods



Thesis Part A



Tourism and Hospitality Issues



Level 6 approved course


Semester 1 (commencing February) TOUR6008

Thesis Part B



Level 6 approved course


Honours Course Description

TOUR6006 Tourism and Hospitality Issues (Semester two)

The Honours program is comprised of 16 units.

This course is designed as an integrating mechanism of relevance to all students in the BIHTM(Hons) program. It is intentionally designed to integrate issues horizontally (thereby providing a broad canvas showing functional and causal relationships) between tourism and the related areas of hospitality and event management. It will be taught under the guidance of a permanent staff member from the UQ School of Tourism to ensure relevant depth and breadth of coverage but many of the lectures will be delivered by invited speakers comprising key industry and government personnel and visiting academics from UQ and other institutions.

• TOUR 6005 Tourism, Hospitality, Events: Research Methods (2 units) • TOUR6006 Tourism and Hospitality Issues (2 units • TOUR6007/TOUR6008 Thesis (8 units) • Elective (2 units) – level 6 course as approved by the Honours Coordinator • Elective (2 units) – level 6 course as approved by the Honours Coordinator TOUR6005 Tourism, Hospitality, Events: Research Methods (Semesters one and two) This course is designed to introduce students to social science research methods that are relevant within tourism, hospitality and events related fields. Students will develop an understanding of why research is conducted and will be introduced to basic designs, models and processes that are applicable in tourism related research. As a part of this course, students will be given a basic introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods of description and measurement.


TOUR6007 Thesis Part A and B (Semesters 1 and 2) OR TOUR6008 Thesis Part A and B (Semesters 2 and 1) This thesis course gives honours students the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of work in a topic of interest as approved by the Head of School. This course is designed to be undertaken over 2 semesters and it is intended that students complete a literature review and research proposal in semester 1 and the research project is undertaken, analysed and written up in semester 2. Students are encouraged to choose a topic that is of particular interest to them personally and which is also relevant to their study area. On completion of this course, students are required to submit a Thesis of not less than 20,000 words. The thesis provides an opportunity for students to undertake a significant piece of research and as such is ideal preparation for the student to undertake higher research studies.

CHOOSING A TOPIC AND YOUR SUPERVISOR As an Honours student, you will need a supervisor to work with you generally throughout your degree, and especially when you are working on your Honours thesis. As such, choosing an appropriate supervisor to work with you is very important. Both the selection of an appropriate topic and the selection of an appropriate supervisor, is largely up to you, however the following steps will act as a guide.

The role of your supervisor It is your supervisor’s role to: • Assist you in developing your study plan, ensuring that it is scientifically sound and possible to implement with the resources likely to be available. • Be available for regular consultation for an appropriate period of time as negotiated with your supervisor.

Think about your own specialised area of interest. To assist with this reflection you might like to review reports and theses of previous students; examine the research profiles of the School’s academic staff; talk with other research students; and also review the work/assignments that you have worked on during your undergraduate studies. Make a tentative selection of one or more topics.

• Encourage you to work in such a manner as to finish your research in as short a time as is practicable.

Ideally, select two or even three academics whose research interests would make them a suitable supervisor for your research. Make an appointment to see them and discuss the ideas you have for your project. Remember, these meetings are not only to see which particular academic’s research interests are most appropriate, but also to see with which particular person you would most like to work.

• Encourage you to prepare sections of your work for submission as it is done, not leaving it all until the end.

If you have a problem selecting these academics, or making a final decision on your supervisor, do not hesitate to discuss this matter with the Honours Coordinator. At the very latest, you will need to have selected a supervisor by the end of Week 1 of the first semester in which you are enrolled. Having selected an appropriate supervisor, you will need to have defined your topic within the first six weeks of the first seminar in which you are enrolled to ensure that your thesis can be completed in time.

• Regularly discuss progress with you and assist you in the development of appropriate research habits. • Insist on reading drafts of your reports and thesis as it is produced and to read the entire manuscript before it is prepared for submission.

• Give you appropriate feedback on your work throughout the year, including telling you clearly when and if your performance is not satisfactory. Whilst the normal convention is that any papers submitted for publication (or submitted to a conference) by an Honours student are co-authored with your supervisor, it is very important that you and your supervisor discuss this issue clearly at the very beginning of your Honours Program, so that there can be no misunderstanding of each of your expectations later on. This topic is discussed in more depth on page 22 - “University of Queensland Policy Regarding Co-Authorship”. If you encounter any difficulties with your supervisor you are advised to discuss the matter, in the first instance, with the Honours Coordinator.


PRODUCING YOUR THESIS Structure, Format and Binding

Ethical research

Your Honours thesis will follow the same basic format as a Masters thesis or PhD thesis. To that end, unless otherwise instructed by your supervisor, your thesis will have a minimum chapter content which is likely to include: (1) Introduction (2) Literature Review (3) Method of Data Collection (4) Analysis, Results and Discussion (5) Conclusion.

As a research student, it is your responsibility to ensure that all the research you undertake is ethically sound. In its simplest form, ethics is all about acting in a way that is, at a very minimum, acceptable to society at large.

Please see the School of Tourism homepage for more information.

(1) The requirement to do good;

Thesis Length and Printing Requirements

(3) Respect for the person.

Your thesis must be between 20,000 and 25,000 words in length or 100 pages of double spaced printing in 12 point Times New Roman font on A4 paper.

From Section 1.6 of The University of Queensland’s Code of conduct of the Ethical Practice of Research (1990 as amended in 1998).

To allow adequate room for binding and trimming, it is important to note that left and right hand margins should be no less than 25mm and top and bottom margins no less than 25mm. No exceptions to this rule will be considered. You should follow the University’s guidelines for micro level formatting and mechanics of writing.

In addition, for research to be considered ethical there are a number of general procedures that must be followed. These include such things as the safety and retention of data collected; statements of authorship of the research; and the disclosure of any potential conflicts of interest.

After your supervisor has approved your final draft for submission, you are to: 1. submit two temporary bound copies of your thesis to the School of Tourism before 4pm of the last Friday of semester so that copies can be distributed to the examiners; 2. on completion of the examination of the thesis, make any necessary amendments; 3. obtain a “Printery Requisition Form” from the School’s Academic Administrator who will also sign the form; 4. take three copies of your thesis to the University Printery and have all three copies hard-bound. The School will cover the cost of the binding. The Printery is to return all three copies of your thesis directly to the School of Tourism so that copies can be distributed.

Late submission Late submission of your Thesis will be penalised at the rate of 10% of your Thesis grade per day that the thesis submitted for binding after the due date. Extensions will only be granted according to UQ policy. Students who believe that there are mitigating circumstances concerning late submission of their thesis may appeal in writing to the Honours Coordinator at the time of submission.

Examination of your thesis Your thesis will be examined by two members of the School’s academic staff, who will be nominated by the Honours Coordinator, after appropriate consultation within the School. If the difference between the two marks from these two examiners is less than or equal to ten percent, then the average of the two marks will be deemed to be your Honours Thesis mark. However, if the difference between the two marks from the two examiners is greater than ten percent, then a third independent examiner will assess the thesis. In addition to the numeric scores provided by the two original examiners, qualitative comment will be considered to determine if a third examiner is used. An average of the three scores will be deemed to be your Honours Thesis mark. You will find a copy of the evaluation form that your examiners will use to guide their assessment of your thesis on the School website.


At The University of Queensland, there are three underlying principles upon which sound ethical research must be based: (2) The duty to avoid causing harm; and

Undergraduate, Honours and Postgraduate Research proposals from the School of Tourism are normally reviewed by an internal ethics officer. On reviewing the proposal, the ethics officer may accept the project as it is, or recommend some changes before passing it. Please see HUPP 4.20.1 ( for more information regarding ethics, and if you have any questions discuss them with your supervisor or the School Ethics Officer (Associate Professor Ian Patterson.)

Assessment Honours courses will be marked on a 7-grade basis. Two academic staff members selected as thesis examiners will grade your Honours Thesis.

Level of Honours The combined weighted marks from all courses, including your thesis, will be averaged to give you an overall grade that will determine the level of Honours you receive. The weighting of the marks is based on the number of units the course/mark represents. More information can be found by consulting HUPP 3.20.14 at Honours are awarded as 1” Class Honours, Honours 2A, Honours 2B, and 3rd Class Honours and are determined by your GPA in your Honours courses, as follows: Weighted percentage

Class of Honours

80.00 and above

Class I

70.00 – 79.99

Class IIA

60.00 – 69.99

Class IIIB

50.00 – 59.99

Class III (or pass degree)


Fail (or pass degree)

Please note these will be available only after the results of your final semester are finalised.

Publications & conferences An expectation for anyone engaged in academic research academic staff and research students alike - is the dissemination of that research by way of publications and conferences. Honours students are encouraged to write papers on their research and to submit them to conferences and academic journals. These papers are generally submitted with your supervisor as co-author, as long as the University guidelines on co-authorship are met.

The University of Queensland policy regarding coauthorship The normal convention is that any papers submitted for publication, or submitted to a conference, by an Honours student, are co-authored with your supervisor. However, under The University of Queensland’s authorship policy your supervisor is not permitted to claim co-authorship unless she or he has participated substantially in the preparation of the paper. “Substantial participation” involves all three of the following conditions being met: 1. Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; 3. Final approval of the version to be published It is usually expected that when someone, such as your supervisor or a colleague, has been involved in any of the above points, but especially the first point - “conception and design….” - they should be given the opportunity to become involved in the other points, thus enabling them to claim co- authorship. As such, both you and your supervisor should take special note of the following Section of The University of Queensland/ NH&MRC Guidelines (Section 3.2), which states: Authorship of a research output is a matter that should be discussed between researchers at an early stage in a research project, and reviewed whenever there are changes in participation. In other words, it is very important that you and your supervisor clearly discuss the issue of co-authorship at the very beginning of your Honours Program, so that there can be no misunderstanding of expectations later on. For more information on publishing, please see HUPP 4.20.2 ( This guide will be available online with links to the relevant forms and policies very soon via the Current Students links on the Tourism homepage

Useful links EOI: not available Application (International): international/InternatGradCourseworkAppForm.pdf Ethical Clearance: Research Profile: Research_Profile_2011.pdf






Honours Coordinator Dr Gabby Walters Email:

The Relaxation Block #21D The University of Queensland St Lucia campus Phone: +61 7 3365 1702 Web:

GPN3 (Bldg 39A), Level 3 The University of Queensland St Lucia Qld 4072 Phone: +61 7 3346 8717 Fax: +61 7 3346 8716 Email: Web:

STUDENT CENTRE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ST LUCIA 8:30am - 5:00pm, Mon - Fri J D Story Bldg (61), Level 1 The University of Queensland St Lucia campus Phone: +61 7 3365 2600 Fax: +61 7 3365 6152 SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES LIBRARY Duhig Building The University of Queensland


Colin Clark Bldg (39), Level 1 The University of Queensland St Lucia campus Phone: +61 7 3365 9017 or 9019

General Enquiries Email: Phone: +61 7 3365 6346



Information correct at time of printing. Please check for the most up-to-date information.

Academic Advisor Ms Kazue Nakamoto Email:

Honours Handbook 2012  

Honours program information handbook for 2012 for the UQ School of Tourism

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