Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Honours Program Structure

Honours Timeframe

Honours allows variable enrolment patterns including full or part time enrolment, local or distance education, and commencement in either session 1 or session 2. Commencement dates are typically:

Enrolment

Start date

Dissertation due date

Full time - session 1

First Monday in February

Final day of on-campus classes in session 2

Full time - session 2

First Monday in July

Final day of on-campus classes in session 1

Part time - session 1

First Monday in February

Final day of on-campus classes in session 2 the following year

Part time - session 2

First Monday in July

Final day of on-campus classes in session 1 the following year

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Honours Requirements

Honours students are required to complete:

1) A project research proposal at the beginning of their project. The proposal will be reviewed by the Honours Coordinator and several independent academic staff members. The panel will meet with the student and their supervisory panel to discuss the research plan.

2) Subjects to the value of 64 points (see below)

3) A seminar presenting their research findings

4) A dissertation of their research findings

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Honours Enrolment

Your enrolment pattern is dictated by what you need from the Honours program, what undergraduate degree you have completed, and when you commenced.

Bachelor of Agriculture/Agricultural Science (commenced 2017, 2018 or 2019)

Students entering the Integrated Honours program will have a total of 200 points and will only need 56 points in the Honours program. A typical enrolment pattern for a fulltime Honours enrolment is shown below.  Students wishing to undertake honours Part-time or as a mixture of FT/PT will spread their 4 HRS-coded subjects over 3 or 4 semesters as needed.

Semester 1HRS410 or AGR501 or STA404***
HRS411
HRS422
Research Methods or Statistics
Science Honours Research Foundations
Science Honours Research Commencement
8 Points
8 Points
8 Points
Semester 2HRS431
HRS441
Science Honours Research Completion
Science Honours Research Dissertation
16 Points
16 Points

*** A level 3 or 4 undergraduate subject may be added or substituted at the student’s request with the approval the SAWS Honours Coordinator.

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Bachelor of Agriculture/Agricultural Science (commenced before 2017 or after 2019)

Bachelor of Science (Honours) as a CSU graduate or new student

CSU graduates entering the BSc(Honours) or transferring into the integrated BAgriSci programs will need 64 points in the Honours program. A typical enrolment pattern for a fulltime Honours enrolment is shown below.  Students wishing to undertake honours part-time or as a mixture of FT/PT will spread their 4 HRS-coded subjects over 3 or 4 semesters as needed.

Semester 1HRS410 or AGR501 or STA404***
HRS411
HRS421
Research Methods or Statistics
Science Honours Research Foundations
Science Honours Research Commencement
8 Points
8 Points
16 Points
Semester 2HRS431
HRS441
Science Honours Research Completion
Science Honours Research Dissertation
16 Points
16 Points

*** A level 3 or 4 undergraduate subject may be added or substituted at the student’s request with the approval the SAWS Honours Coordinator

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Honours Assessment

A grade will be calculated at the end of the Honours program based on:

Research proposal: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (SY/US)
Literature review: 10%
Dissertation: 80%
Final seminar: 10%

The class of Honours will be determined according to:

Honours Class 1 (H1) 80 - 100%
Honours Class 2, Division 1 (H2A) 70 - 79%:
Honours Class 2, Division 2 (H2B) 60 - 69%
Honours Class 3 (H3) 50 - 59%
Fail (FL) Less than 50%

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Honours Scholarships

Honours scholarships may be available to support your Honours project. Grants are typically $3000 for student stipend (salary) and $2000 for operating (consumables and travel). Potential funded projects are usually advertised on research centre websites (eg Graham Centre) along with the CSU academic who has conceived the project. Students may also apply for a scholarship from funding sources.

Potential funding may come from CSU research centres, industry sources, government agencies or from the supervisory team.

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