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Student Support

School's Essay Guide

Become familiar with the School's Essay Guide to learn:

  • how to write and construct essays
  • how to avoid common mistakes in academic writing
  • how to reference properly.

Student Advice Drop-In Sessions

 

Coursework Assessment

Assessment Writing

Research and Library Resources

Referencing/ Academic Integrity

  • Be aware that the School takes plagiarism very seriously. Every essay is checked, so it is imperative that you do not engage with plagiarism.
  • You must complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial before you submit your first essay.
  • See the UQ Library for guidance on avoiding plagiarism. If in doubt, talk to your Tutor or Course Coordinator.
  • The School uses the referencing styles found in the School's Essay Guide.

Submission of Assessment

  • You will submit all written pieces of assessment electronically through Turnitin - find the link on your course's Blackboard site.
  • Do not submit a hard copy of your assessment unless specifically asked by your Course Coordinator.
  • The School does not use essay cover-sheets.

RHD Students

Research Integrity Training

An online Research Integrity Module is available for all RHD students and researchers at UQ - as an RHD student, you must complete this Module prior to confirmation, but we highly recommend that you complete Research Integrity Training as soon as possible after commencing. 

Information on ...

RHD Handbook

See the RHD Handbook for guidance on

  • Support Services
  • Candidature
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Fieldwork
  • Funding

 

Student Services

Student Services provide free and confidential services for all students across a wide range of issues that may impact you during your time at the University of Queensland, including:

Summer Research Projects Available for Summer 2016-2017

Summer Research Scholarships are open for applications via the Career Hub - applications close on Wednesday 31st August 2016.

The School will have three projects available for Summer Research Scholars. 

 

'Analysing Patterns of Forced Migration' with Dr Phil Orchard

'Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Diversity' with Dr Richard Shapcott

'Economists for Peace' with Dr Ryan Walter

How to apply for an Extension

There are many legitimate reasons why you may need to apply for an extension for your assessment whilst you study at the School.

As such, it is important to understand what the procedure is for requesting an extension, as it is different depending on whether you are studying into the Undergraduate or Postgraduate Program. 

Undergraduate

  • Applications for an extension should be emailed to pols@uq.edu.au before the original due date.
  • You must attach a completed Application for Extension of Progressive Assessment form.
  • You must include “Request for Extension” and the Course Code (i.e. POLS1201) in the subject line.
  • Request for extensions made on or after the due date may only be granted in circumstances in which you cannot reasonably have been expected to have met this requirement.

Postgraduate Coursework

  • Applications for an extension should be emailed to your Course Coordinator before the original due date (you can find their email address in your course's Electronic Course Profile).
  • You should set out the grounds for your application extension in the Application for Extension of Progressive Assessment form and email a copy as an attachment to your course coordinator with “Request for Extension” in the subject line.
  • Request for extensions made after the due date may only be granted in circumstances where you cannot reasonably have been expected to have met this requirement.

How to apply for an Assessment Remark

When applying for an Assessment Remark, there is a process you need to undertake.

 

  • Firstly, you should do is talk to the person who marked your assessment - this will allow you to gain more feedback and understand why the marker awarded your grade based on the assessment criteria
  • If this does not answer your concerns, you should book an appointment to see your Course Coordinator (if they were not the person who marked your assessment) and discuss the assessment and your concerns about the grade not matching the assessment criteria
  • You should then fill out the Request for Assessment Re-Mark Form and submit it to the Front Desk of the School of Political Science and International Studies (Level 5, Building 39a). Please include your written explanation of how the mark awarded does not reflect your performance with respect to the published assessment criteria for this piece of assessment

 

In all cases, a re-mark will replace the original mark for the piece of assessment in the calculation of the final grade which may result in a higher or lower grade.

For more information, please read The University of Queensland's Policies and Procedures on Assessment Remarks

How to apply for an Alternative/Deferred Exam or Supplementary Assessment

Alternative Exam Arrangements

If you require alternative arrangements to enable you to sit your examination so you can perform at your best during an examination, certain arrangements can be made.

 

Deferred Exams

The University recognises that on occasion a medical condition or other exceptional circumstances may impair your ability to attend an examination at the scheduled date and time.  Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible for a deferred examination, and be permitted to sit your end of semester examinations at a later scheduled time.

 

Supplementary Assessment

If you fail a course (generally with a grade of three), you may be permitted a second chance to pass the course by being granted a supplementary assessment in certain circumstances.

 

I want to apply for Independent Study

The independent study option allows students of exceptional ability to engage in a minor research project. The course is particularly useful for students who wish to pursue further research or investigate a topic of interest not covered by other courses. This course can only be undertaken if the planned project is of interest to a supervisor in the School. As there are restrictions placed on both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses, interested students interested should in the first instance contact the School via email to pols@uq.edu.au or phone (07) 3346 9544 more than a month prior to the beginning of semester to confirm their eligibility to apply.

Undergraduate

POLS3802 (Independent Study) - Application Form

  • Prospective students must approach potential supervisors and discuss their proposed research question, gaining an agreement to supervise their particular project
  • Applications are due 4 weeks before the start of semester

Postgraduate

POLS7108 (Independent Study (MGPP)) - Application Form
POLS7207 (Independent Study) - Application Form

  • Prospective students must approach potential supervisors and discuss their proposed research question, gaining an agreement to supervise their particular project
  • Applications are due 4 weeks before the start of semester


I want to apply for Internship

The Internship is based on a mutually agreed partnership between the student and an external organisation. The student agrees to carry out a research project on a topic/issue of direct interest to the external organisation. In return, the external organisation agrees to provide the support necessary for the project to be completed within a definite time-frame. Secondary supervision is also provided by an academic staff member from the School. As there are restrictions placed on both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses, students interested in this course should in the first instance contact the School via email to pols@uq.edu.au or phone (07) 3346 9544 several weeks prior to the beginning of semester  to confirm their eligibility to apply. All additional costs incurred by students undertaking this course remain the responsibility of the student.
 

Undergraduate

POLS3801 (Internship) - Application Form

Postgraduate


I want to apply for POLS7521 Applied Field Work

Applied Field Work is based on a mutually agreed partnership between the student and an external organisation. The student agrees to carry out a research project on a topic/issue of direct interest to the external organisation. In return, the external organisation agrees to provide the support necessary for the project to be completed within a definite time-frame. Secondary supervision is also provided by an academic staff member from the School. Postgraduate students interested in this course should, in the first instance, contact the School via email to pols@uq.edu.au or phone (07) 3346 9544 at least 12 weeks prior to the beginning of semester to confirm their eligibility to apply. All additional costs incurred by students undertaking this course remain the responsibility of the student.

 

POLS7521 (Applied Fieldwork Experience) - Application Form

I want to apply for Research Project/Report/Thesis

The Research Project/Report/Thesis option allows students of exceptional ability to engage in a major research project. Prospective students must identify and approach a potential supervisor and discuss their proposed research question; supervisors are not assigned by the School for this course. Students are required to not only be self-motivated and self-disciplined, but also to determine and develop their own project in consultation with their supervisor. As there are restrictions placed entry to these courses, students interested in this course should in the first instance contact the School via email to pols@uq.edu.au or phone (07) 3346 9544 The Semester Before Commencement to confirm their eligibility to apply. All additional costs incurred by students undertaking this course remain the responsibility of the student.

Student eligibility: Grade point average (GPA) - successful applicants would be expected to have achieved a program GPA of 5 or better in their Masters program; Progression through degree - successful applicants would be expected to be in the final semesters of their studies (or have completed at least #16 units in the program); Viability of project - the project outline will be reviewed to determine its quality, viability and feasibility; Availability of supervisor - research projects must be of direct interest to an academic staff member within the school, who in turn must have the workload capacity to supervise a student.
 

Postgraduate

POLS7120 (Research Project (MGPP) Full Time) - Application Form
POLS7121 (Research Project (MGPP) Part Time Sem 1) - Application Form
POLS7122
(Research Project (MGPP) Part Time Sem 2) - Application Form
POLS7220 (Research Project (Full Time) - Application Form

POLS7223 (Research Project (Part Time Sem 1) - Application Form
POLS7224 (Research Project (Part Time Sem 2) - Application Form
POLS7704 (Research Report)
- Application Form
POLS7705 (Research Thesis (Part A) - Application Form
POLS7706 (Research Thesis (Part B) - Application Form

Application Process

  • Step 1: Students considering undertaking the research report are required to attend an information session held in the School in a semester prior to their intended semester of study. (The next information will be held on FIND DATE)
  • Step 2: Compile a 500 word research outline. This should include - Theoretical framework, Statement of the problem, Methodology, Limitations of the research and Significance of the topic.
  • Step 3: Submit the research outline and the appropriate application form to pols@uq.edu.au before the due date (For Semester 1 enrolment: 15 January; For Semester 2 enrolment: 15 June; and For Summer Semester enrolment: 15 October)
  • Students will be notified of the outcome of their application to their student email address approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of semester.


I want to apply for CRMD7000 Mediation

Mediation is an effective way of resolving disputes and is now used in most Australian courts and tribunals. In some areas, an extensive pre-litigation scheme exists and parties are required to attend mediation prior to commencing litigation. In international and environmental areas, facilitators use mediation skills to assist the creation of innovative solutions. Increasingly, conflict resolution skills are required in management and business to effectively prevent, manage and resolve disputes and complaints. This interactive course was developed to meet the National Mediator Accreditation Standards. Emphasising practical skills, students practice the theory they've learnt by mediating and participating in a range of conflict scenarios whilst receiving individual feedback on their style and overall performance by highly qualified practitioners. In the skills component, students work with the mediation model and learn alternative approaches to deal with varying circumstances.

Application Form

CRMD7000 Mediation - Application Form

Application Information

  • This course has a quota of 27 enrolments.
  • Applications will be assessed for enrolment on the basis of academic merit and the statement provided by the applicant.
  • Preference will be given to those students for whom the course is a compulsory core requirement of their program.
  • If you wish to be considered for enrolment in this course, please complete the Application Form and return via email to pols@uq.edu.au no later than 15 February for the semester 1 offering.


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