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Frequently Asked Questions

If you are enrolled in a Bachelor or Masters degree program and have questions about credit and exemptions, organising your username and password, or transferring between programs or similar issues, you’ll find answers under Current Students.

If you are a research student or staff member and you have questions about ethical clearance, you’ll find useful information under Research > Ethical Clearance.

 
Study
General
Where can I study?

UQ Business School offers programs at St Lucia, Ipswich, and our Downtown site in the heart of the city.

St Lucia

  • Bachelor of Business Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Master of Business
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Commerce

Downtown

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Ipswich

  • Bachelor of Business Communication

Find out more about studying at UQ Business School.

Current Students
How do I apply for credit/exemptions?

Requests for credit and/or exemptions must be made in writing. Students applying on the basis of courses completed at another tertiary institution must provide detailed outlines along with a certified copy of the other institution's academic transcript. The outlines must include a week-by-week list of topics; texts and other recommended readings; assessment criteria; and contact hours per week.

Undergraduate students need to make an application through the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Level 3, General Purpose North Building.

Postgraduate students need to lodge applications with the Postgraduate Student Liaison Officer, UQ Business School, Level 2, Colin Clark Building, University of Queensland, Qld 4072.

How do I apply for cross-institutional study?

Postgraduate students applying for study as a cross-institutional enrolment at another tertiary institution must supply a detailed outline for the course/s along with the other institution's application form. The student will be contacted by School staff as soon as a decision is made on the application.

Undergraduate students applying for study as a cross-institutional enrolment at another tertiary institution should seek advice from the relevant Administrative Officer in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.

Students from other institutions wishing to enrol at UQ must complete the Cross-Institutional Enrolment form available from the myadvisor website and have it approved by the home insitution before lodging with the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.

How do I apply for non-award study?

Students from other institutions wishing to enrol at UQ must complete the Non-Award Enrolment form available from the myadvisor website and have it approved by the home insitution before lodging with the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.

How do I change my concentration, stream or specialisation?

Postgraduate students wishing to change a concentration, stream or specialisation, must apply in writing to the Postgraduate Student Liaison Officer, UQ Business School, Level 2, Colin Clark Building, University of Queensland, Qld 4072. The School will notify the student in writing the outcome of the request.

How do I complete my program plan?

Postgraduate students are strongly advised to complete a program plan and to have it checked by a Postgraduate Student Liaison Officer at the commencement of their programs. Blank program plans are available from the School's Reception.

How do I obtain my username and password?

A username and password is generated by the University's Information Technology Services when a student accepts the offer of a place in a program. The details are mailed to the student. Enquiries about usernames and passwords should be directed to: Information Technology Services, telephone: 07 3365 6000, email: info@uqconnect.net. Usernames and passwords for continuing students will remain unchanged.

How do I transfer between programs?

Postgraduate students wishing to transfer programs must apply either through mySI-net or in writing to the Postgraduate Student Liaison Officer, UQ Business School, Level 2, Colin Clark Building, University of Queensland, Qld 4072. The School will notify the student by email the outcome of the request.

Undergraduate students must lodge a request either through mySI-net or in writing to the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.

International students will receive a Confirmation of Change of Program Letter from either the School or the Faculty Office. Details on the letter must be completed and lodged with the Student Centre in order for a new Confirmation of Enrolment letter to be issued.

The School's Student Liaison Officers or the Faculty's Administrative Officers will change the program on SI-net.

What happens if I cannot sit the final exam at the scheduled time?

Students are advised through the University calendar of the 2 week period when examinations will take place. Under exceptional circumstances Special Examinations may be arranged. An application for a special examination should be lodged at least 7 days prior to the exam with the Student Centre, J.D. Story Building. The form may be downloaded from the the myadvisor website.

What if I want to defer my studies?

Postgraduate students wishing to defer study in their programs should apply in writing (email or letter) to the School stating their reasons. The deferral request will be considered and students will be notified via email of the outcome. Students who have deferred their studies need to contact the School to have their programs "reactivated" before the commencement of the semester. Undergraduate students wishing to defer should put a request in writing to the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.

What is SI-net?

SI-Net, short for Student Information Network, is the University's internet-based tool which allows students and staff to access information about the University.

What is mySI-net?

mySI-net is the web front of SI-net. Students must use mySI-net to complete their enrolment and maintain their personal and enrolment details.

What is the Summer Semester?

The summer semester is an optional semester allowing students to accelerate their studies. The semester runs from December to February. MySI-net is open for enrolment mid-October and closes mid-November, with classes commencing early December.

MBA
What's the big deal about the MBA?

Internationally, the MBA is seen as the flagship program for business schools. But a quality MBA program also tells you a lot about the quality of the School.

Independent ranking bodies like the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) and the Financial Review's Boss magazine ranking look at a range of indicators in assessing MBA quality including:

  • Quality of academic staff (including staff numbers, qualifications, diversity, and international and consulting experience)
  • Calibre and diversity of student body
  • Quality and range of services provided for students
  • Employment outcomes for graduates
  • Quality of the school's research output.

As you can see, all these measures are equally useful quality indicators for students interested in any of our degree programs.

The UQBS MBA currently holds the highest rating of five stars from the GMAA and is ranked equal first in Australia by Boss magazine.

Honours
Is there a quota on the number of places offered in the Honours program?

Yes, there may be a quota on the number of places available in any one year. This quota is dependent on the proposed field of research and the available capacity of staff within UQ Business School to ensure appropriate thesis supervision.

Can I defer my enrolment in the Honours program?

Yes, you can defer your enrolment in the Honours program for a period of two years after the completion of your undergraduate degree.

When are applications due for the Honours program?

Applications must be submitted to UQ Business School by 31 October (for current UQBS students) and 1 December (for applicants from other UQ schools or other external institutions) for enrolment in the following year.

Can I enrol in the Honours program on a part-time basis?

Yes the honours program is available as a 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time program for domestic students.

Can I commence my Honours program in second semester?

Domestic students are permitted to commence in Semester 1 or Semester 2. If commencing in Semester 2, the program duration will be 3 semesters. International students are only able to commence in Semester 1.

How do I select my thesis topic and supervisor?

The selection of a thesis topic and supervisor are driven by the student, however the following steps may act as a guide in the selection process. Choose a specialised area of interest by reviewing reports and theses of previous students; examine research profiles of the school’s academic staff; and talk to other research students. Identify a supervisor whose research interests are appropriate to your proposed thesis topic. Meet with the Honours Program Director to discuss the selection of your thesis topic and proposed supervisor.

Is entry to the Honours program on academic merit only?

Entry to the Honours program is based on the results obtained in your undergraduate degree and, where appropriate, an interview with the School.

How do I apply for the Honours program?

Applications for domestic students must be lodged through the UQ Business School.

When will we be advised of the outcome of our application?

You will be notified, in writing, of the success or otherwise of your application in the first half of December, after the official release of results.

What are the minimum entry requirements for the Honours program?

To enrol for Honours, a student must have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 5.5 and must commence in the Honours program no more than 2 academic years after the completion of their pass degree. Note, however that high demand for entry to the Honours program may result in the required GPA being higher.

 
Research
General
Why should I care about research?

Because it's one of the keys to quality teaching.

Academics who engage in research bring the latest findings into the classroom - long before it is disseminated to the world through publication in academic and professional publications.

Research is mostly conducted in association with or for business and industry. So researchers have to understand the contemporary business environment and be aware of current and emerging issues for organisations.

Research findings are also fed back to business and industry through consulting - completing the teaching-research-consulting loop that operates in the world's best business schools.

Do your research with us.

Ethical Clearance
General
What is ethical clearance?

Ethical clearance is the process by which proposed research is assessed for its compliance with a variety of legislative requirements and University and School policies. These requirements are in place to ensure that safe guards are maintained for the protection of human, animal and other research subjects.

Why is ethical clearance important?

Ethical Clearance provides research with a transparent way of demonstrating accountability for their research and its subjects. It is important that checks and balances are in place to provide assurances to subjects and researchers that the research being undertaken is appropriate, that the results of that research will be used and stored in an agreed and secure manner and that should a participant wish to withdraw adequate guidelines have been put in place.

What research requires ethical clearance?

All research involving human participation in its many forms, including interviews and completion of questionnaires.

The UQBS Ethical Review Committee considers research projects up to the level of, and including, PhD, in the following circumstances:

  • where the project involves no more than low risk (research is "low risk" where the only foreseeable risk is one of discomfort),and
  • the school committee considers that it does not require review by one of the main ethics committees of the UQ.

Research involving a higher risk will be referred to one of the main ethics committees of the University in accordance with the UQ Guidelines/Interpretations of the NHMRC National Statement.

Irrespective of the level of risk involved, research of a kind falling under the following chapters of the National Statement must be reviewed by one of the main ethics committees of the University:-

  • Deception
  • Interventions and therapies, including clinical and non-clinical trials, and innovations
  • Human genetics
  • Human stem cells
  • Women who are pregnant and human foetus
  • People highly dependent on medical care who may be unable to give consent
  • People with a cognitive impairment, an intellectual disability, or a mental illness
  • People who may be involved in illegal activities
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
What research does not require ethical clearance?

The following types of research do not require ethical review.

  1. Data that is in public domain unless it is defamatory and republication will place the University at risk of civil action.
  2. Research that is of negligible risk and involves the use of data in historical documents, records, pathological and diagnostic specimens (that is, data already existing and not extracted, removed from subjects, or obtained specifically for and during the conduct of the research) does not require review provided that appropriate gate-keeper approval has been obtained and personal or identifying information purged from the data set.
  3. Pure observation is usually non-invasive and commonly requires no contact with subjects (such as standing on a footpath or other public venue, recording the actions of passers-by), and as such do not require ethical review. Public behaviour is human action which occurs in a forum open to the general public, but recording is subject to Federal and State legal positions on privacy.

Ethical review will be necessary if subjects are identifiable either by name, or by other identifiers (eg facial photographs) that are intrinsic to the data, or if the disclosure of recorded observations places the subjects at risk or harm or social stigma or legal prosecution.

What are the key aspects of the ethical clearance process?

The following key areas have been identified as paramount in every research interaction a researcher may have with a subject. Compliance with and advice regarding each of these listed are assessed as a part of every Ethical Clearance application. Applicants must provide details and examples of how participants will be advised of the researcher's compliance with (and provide assurance of) the following key areas:

  • Gate Keeper Approval
  • Informed Consent
  • The degree of risk and benefit of research
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Data Security
What about research involving vulnerable groups?

The University has identified, following the recommendations of the National Statement, groups that are recognised as being vulnerable and therefore require an additional layer of approval/or care when undertaking research involving one of the below groups:

  • Children and Young People
  • People in Dependent or Unequal Relationships
  • People with Cognitive Impairment, Intellectual Disability or Mental Illness
  • People Highly Dependent on Medical Care Who May Be Unable to Give Consent
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Further detail regarding these groups can be found in the UQ Guidelines/Interpretations of the NHMRC National Statement

What is UQ Business School's Guidelines for Ethical Review of Research Involving Humans?

UQ Business School's Guidelines for Ethical Review of Research Involving Humans can be found in the policy document.

What good is a business school to business?

A good business school can provide: access to potential employees, education and professional development for existing employees, consulting capability, contract research capability, and - perhaps most significantly - access to research findings.

What's the big deal about the MBA?

Internationally, the MBA is seen as the flagship program for business schools. But a quality MBA program also tells you a lot about the quality of the School.

Independent ranking bodies like the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) and the Financial Review's Boss magazine ranking look at a range of indicators in assessing MBA quality including:

  • Quality of academic staff (including staff numbers, qualifications, diversity, and international and consulting experience)
  • Calibre and diversity of student body
  • Quality and range of services provided for students
  • Employment outcomes for graduates
  • Quality of the school's research output.

As you can see, all these measures are equally useful quality indicators for students interested in any of our degree programs.

The UQBS MBA currently holds the highest rating of five stars from the GMAA and is ranked equal first in Australia by Boss magazine.

Why is accreditation important?

Accreditation is important because it guarantees quality.

UQ Business School was the first in Australia to earn accreditation from both AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and EQUIS, the quality assurance body of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

The rigorous process of earning accreditation includes a peer review component - meaning that even our competition acknowledges the quality of our programs and practices.

Learn more about our accreditation.

Who do I contact for information on ethical clearance for my research project?

UQBS RHD, Honours and Postgraduate coursework students requiring ethical clearance for research projects - contact:

Vivienne Balson UQ Business School Ethics Officer
v.balson@business.uq.edu.au

Academic staff - contact:

Human Ethics Unit Coordinator
http://www.uq.edu.au/research/rid/overview-contacts-research-management-office#ethics

Forms Online
  • Sample covering letter to the Chair, UQBS Ethical Review Committee 
  • UQ Business School Application form 
  • Participant Consent form
  • Project Consent form 
  • Participant Information Sheet 
  • Application for approval to conduct research involving students

The application form and supporting document templates can be downloaded from the UQBS website: http://www.business.uq.edu.au/ethical_clearance_documentation

Academic Staff
What's the application procedure for obtaining ethical clearance for class projects (for academic staff)?

Ethical Clearance and Class Projects

  1. At the beginning of the semester, members of the staff who intend conducting class projects, which would involve primary data collection from humans, will submit an ethical clearance application to the UQBS Ethical Review Committee. The information needed for submission of applications is available right here on this page. This inherently means that the student project must maintain the same methodological and procedural frameworks as outlined in the ethical application prepared by the staff member. For example, if an assessment item requires students to undertake a project where they conduct interviews with business managers then the staff member would be required to address all relevant questions outlined on the application including the breadth of methodologies and techniques (focus groups, depth interviews, surveys) to be used to conduct the project and copies of the participant information sheet and consent form to be used by students. It will be the responsibility of the staff member to ensure that students adhere to ethical guidelines.
  2. The School Ethics Committee will provide a blanket approval for the project and students will not be required to submit separate applications.
  3. If the data collection and storage procedures for the project remain the same for subsequent semesters, there is no need for a fresh application for clearance. The approval will be active for a period of 2 years. At the conclusion of this period of time staff members will be required to resubmit ethical approval forms for relevant projects.
  4. If changes to the data collection and storage procedures occur during the 2 year period in which the project has 'blanket' approval then the Committee should be notified. However, there will be no need to submit a new application.
What's the application procedure for obtaining ethical clearance for research projects (for academic staff)?

See the UQ Research and Innovation - Human Ethics website for application procedures and forms to download.

Students
What's the application procedure for obtaining ethical clearance for surveys conducted in UQBS classes (for students)?

Applications for ethical clearance involving Business School undergraduate or postgraduate students:

Honours or RHD students who wish to undertake research involving students in classrooms must obtain ethical clearance for your project. If ethical clearance is approved, the following documents should be submitted to the Business School's Executive Officer:

  • Approval letter for ethical clearance
  • Covering letter addressed to the Executive Officer
  • Participant information sheet
  • Participant consent form
  • A copy of the questionnaire or interview protocol

The application form and supporting document templates can be downloaded from the UQBS website: http://www.business.uq.edu.au/ethical_clearance_documentation

The outcome will be conveyed to the student by the Executive Officer, UQ Business School.

Do I have to have approval even though I am only using an anonymous survey?

Yes, as the research is being conducted under the banner of the University of Queensland a particular standard should be met. Submitting documents for a review is one method of ensuring certain necessary aspects of human participation in research is being conducted in accordance with the established practices. Under the National and University Guidelines participants must have amongst other rights, an avenue to discuss concerns either with the investigators or someone not connected with the study. To ensure that this is available to all participants the University's Human Ethics Committees have approved use of a university ethical paragraph to be included in information sheets. Thus should contact be made to the University with concerns about the research the spokesperson will have details of the approved project.

Must I have separate information and consent forms?

No, this is not a mandatory requirement. However, should you decide to combine the information and consent sheets, you should clearly indicate that either a copy will be given to the participant to retain (so they will have contact details of the investigator and the University Ethics Officer) or clearly indicate the 'tear-off' part of the form for the return of the completed consent slip.

If the latter method is adopted, the 'tear-off' slip must also include the title of the project.

Does the University Ethical Paragraph have to be included in both the information and consent forms?

No, the University ethical paragraph should only be included in the information sheet or information section of a combined sheet. It provides the participant with the necessary contact details of the researcher and if necessary, an avenue to discuss concerns with someone not connected with the project. The information sheet or section of a combined sheet should be retained by the participant, whereas the consent form should be completed and returned to the researcher.

How long does the review process take?

The review process is dependent upon the content of the application form and its supporting documents, and on the level of risk associated with the project. All members of the reviewing committee considers each application submitted for full committee review. Consensus must be reached before any submissions to the Chairperson for approval. Thus a minimum of eights weeks should be allocated for the review process.

Whose responsibility is it to ensure that ethical approval for research is obtained?

It is the student's responsibility. Applications for ethical clearance must be developed in consultation with the student's advisory team.

Where can I find Business School and University policies on Ethical Clearance?
Do I submit my application to BSEERC (UQ's Ethical Review Committee) or the Business School's Ethical Review Committee?

Applications by Honours and RHD students will be assessed by the Business School's Ethical Review Committee.

My research proposal involves human participants. Who do I submit my application to?

PhD, MPhil and Honours students: Submit your application to the Business School's Ethics Officer v.balson@business.uq.edu.au.

My research proposal involves student participation. Who do I submit my application to?

Submit your application to the School's Ethics Officer v.balson@business.uq.edu.au in the first instance. Your application will be assessed by the School's Ethical Review Committee, and if approved, you must then seek permission from the School's Executive Officer to conduct your research within the classroom. You should include evidence that your application has been cleared by the School's Ethical Review Committee to the School's Executive Officer.

How many copies of my application should I provide?

Submit one copy of your application form and the accompanying documentation. An electronic copy is preferred.

What documentation do I need to provide to the School's Ethical Review Committee?
  • Covering letter to the Committee introducing your project
  • UQ Application form
  • Sample Participant Consent form (on UQBS letterhead)
  • Sample Participant Information Sheet (on UQBS letterhead)
  • Sample Project Consent Form (Gatekeepers' permission) (on UQBS letterhead)
  • Sample of the questionnaire being used for the survey

The application form and supporting document templates can be downloaded from the UQBS website: http://www.business.uq.edu.au/ethical_clearance_documentation

What happens to my application once it is submitted to the Ethics Officer?

Your application is checked to ensure that all the documentation has been provided. If any paperwork is missing, the Ethics Officer will contact the applicant to determine the reason. Once the paperwork is assembled, the application will be forwarded to the School's Ethical Review Committee for assessment.

Who makes the final decision on my application?

The Chair of the Ethical Review Committee will consider the recommendations of the reviewers. The Chair's decision will be issued as a formal letter to the applicant's semester address on Si-net

What happens if my application is rejected?

If the School's Ethical Review Committee feels more clarification is needed or there are other issues to be addressed, the applicant will be invited to address the issues and re-submit their documentation for a second assessment.

What's the application procedure for obtaining ethical clearance (for students)?

Honours, Postgraduate Coursework students, and RHD students should prepare the following documentation:

  1. Covering letter addressed to the Chair, UQ Business School Ethical Review Committee. The covering letter should:
    1. introduce the project
    2. outline the purpose of the project,
    3. clarify the various stages involved, and
    4. identify target participants for the various stages of the project.
  2. UQBS Application form
  3. Participant Consent form (on UQBS letterhead). This will be a sample of the document to be circulated to those who are participating in the survey
  4. Participant Information Sheet (on UQBS letterhead). This will be a sample of the document to be circulated to those who are participating in the survey. Information provided will identify:
    1. The overall approach of the project
    2. Purpose and intended outcome
    3. Where the research be conducted
    4. How the research will be conducted (e.g. interviews, survey forms)
    5. How long will each survey take
    6. How long will each interview take
    7. Whether or not interviews will be recorded
  5. Project Consent form (on UQBS letterhead). This form will be endorsed by the company/group who give permission to the student to conduct the research within their organization/group.
  6. Sample of the questionnaire to be circulated to participants.

The application form and supporting document templates can be downloaded from the UQBS website: http://www.business.uq.edu.au/ethical_clearance_documentation

How to Submit

Submit the above documents to the UQBS Ethics Officer: v.balson@busines.uq.edu.au. If you consider any of the above documents are not required, please provide a reason in the covering letter for the omission. The assessment process will be delayed if:

  • All documentation is not provided
  • The supporting documents are not clearly labelled in accordance with the above terminology.
Do I have to complete the application form?

Yes, the application form provides a uniform method of ascertaining important information and insight into the research project that enables the reviewing committee to decide upon your submission. Therefore, it is better to answer questions in detail than to cause possible delay in processing through omission of detail. The form also acts as a tool for the researcher to ensure that all areas of the research have been considered in regard to ethical requirements.

 
 
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We are currently working towards making the UQBS website completely Smart Phone compatible.

We do not support Internet Explorer 6.

At present, the site is best viewed in Chrome or Firefox.

 

 

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