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Dissertation Part 3/3 JNB722




The Dissertation units are designed to provide high-level business research skills to final year MBA students who have a personal interest in research. The dissertation builds on a number of disciplines studied in the MBA program and on the awareness of issues that the maritime and logistics industries face globally, in part due to the intense competition and increasing customer demands. Successful completion of this unit requires prior knowledge of research methods. Therefore, the Research Methods unit (JNB508) is a prerequisite for the dissertation units.

A dissertation is equivalent to three units of coursework. The dissertation is to be completed over two or more semesters, after completion of the Research Methods unit.
The dissertation program consists of three parts with individual unit codes as follows:

• Dissertation Part 1/3 (JNB718): Research proposal development and literature review
• Dissertation Part 2/3 (JNB721): Data collection and analysis
• Dissertation Part 3/3 (JNB722): Report writing and presentation

The three units are interdependent and must be taken as one integrated unit under the designation of dissertation. They must be completed sequentially throughout the semester(s) and not as normal units which are assessed at the end of the semester. There will be no grade for each individual unit; instead, a grade of XX is shown for Parts 1 (JNB718) and 2 (JNB721). The three units will be assessed as one dissertation unit and awarded one overall grade shown for Part 3 (JNB722) after the examination of the dissertation. There are no set study guides or materials for the dissertation.

In this unit you will be guided, through the supervisory process, to conduct research that is of theoretical and practical significance value to business management. Once the research problem has been selected, a supervisor will be assigned to you to assist you ensure that the problem is clearly defined, the appropriate research methods and techniques are used and the expected research outcomes are produced within an established timeframe. It is very important for you to keep up with the research schedule and manage your time wisely so that the dissertation can be submitted on time and be of good quality.

To facilitate the learning process, you are provided in this Unit Outline with clear statements of the aims of the unit as well as the expected learning outcomes and how these will be accomplished through the learning and assessment processes. As the unit unfolds, you will learn a range of research skills and management skills that you can confidently use in your future career development to conduct business research of high quality.


Unit name Dissertation Part 3/3
Unit code JNB722
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline Maritime and Logistics Management
Coordinator Doctor Yuquan (Bill) Du
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • develop a high-quality research proposal relevant to the maritime and logistics industry
  • critically review the literature and develop a conceptual framework for the research project
  • apply research principles and techniques to data collection and analysis
  • present research findings and discuss research implications for policy and business management practice
  • structure and write up the dissertation effectively, thinking critically and writing with accuracy and style; and manage a research project effectively
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
080399 $1,828.00 $1,432.00 not applicable $2,638.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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AssessmentPlan (10%)|Presentation (10%)|Thesis (80%)
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