Undergraduate Thesis Course (Honours Thesis Designation)

Qualified students in the Bachelor of Management degree, Second Degree in Management, and Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management programs may elect to complete an Undergraduate Thesis course (6.0 credit hours) linked to their declared major. Students who complete all requirements and satisfy the academic standards required for the Undergraduate Thesis course for their declared major are eligible to receive the ‘Honours Thesis’ designation on their official academic transcript and degree parchment. The Undergraduate Thesis course is Management 4995. Please note that not all eligible candidates will be selected. Approval will also be subject to the availability of appropriate supervision.

a.Application

Students are strongly recommended to apply to the Undergraduate Thesis course after completion of 10 University of Lethbridge courses (30.0 credit hours) with a GPA of 3.30 (on the University of Lethbridge 4.0 scale) or higher.

Applications to the Dhillon School of Business Undergraduate Thesis course must include academic transcripts, a resume, a Letter of Intent and written consent from supervisors of each of the program requirements. The application is available from the Dhillon School of Business Advising and Academic Support office or online at www.ulethbridge.ca/dhillon/study/degrees/honours-thesis-designation. Please see an academic advisor for more information.

b.Prerequisites

Prospective ‘Honours Thesis’ candidates must meet the following requirements:

1.A GPA of 3.30 (on the University of Lethbridge 4.0 scale) or higher on the last 10 University of Lethbridge courses (30.0 credit hours) completed.

2.Two honours-approved Dhillon School of Business courses at the 3000 or 4000 level, one of which must be within the student’s major.

3.Management 4895 - Honours Component I

4.Management 4896 - Honours Component II

5.One of the following enrichment experiences:

a.Management 3002 - Co-op Work Experience I

b.Management 3093 and Management 3094 - Integrated Management Experience

c.Full-term international exchange

d.Any TWO of the following: Management 3980 - Applied Studies, Management 3990 - Independent Study, International Management 4640 - Cross-Cultural Work Study (Series), Management 4980 - Applied Studies, or Management 4990 - Independent Study

Note: For information on international exchanges, see the International Programs website: www.ulethbridge.ca/international/go-exchange.

c.Supervision

Each prospective candidate for the Undergraduate Thesis course is responsible for obtaining support from a faculty supervisor for the Undergraduate Thesis.

d.Initial Approval

1.The prospective student must present a Thesis Proposal to be approved by the supervisor and the Dhillon School of Business Honours Committee prior to registration in the course.

2.The supervisor will establish at the outset the weighting of the written and oral components of the Thesis, as well as the procedure for determining the final grade.

3.Subsequent changes to the approved Thesis Proposal must be approved by the supervisor.

4.Admission to the course is achieved through approval of the supervisor and the Dhillon School of Business Honours Committee.

5.The student must register for the Undergraduate Thesis course by the last day for course Add/Drop for the given fall/spring term or summer session.

e.Final Assessment

The final assessment for the Undergraduate Thesis is based on two criteria:

1.Written Component

a.The Undergraduate Thesis must be a sustained piece of supervised research demonstrating a superior level of academic ability on a matter approved by the supervisor prior to registration in the course.

b.The Thesis should be of high quality and made publicly available by the Dhillon School of Business.

2.Oral Component

The student will be required to make a formal oral presentation demonstrating the ability to articulate clearly the nature of the Thesis undertaken, the research methodology, and the results of the Thesis. This component is a demonstration of the student’s competence in oral communication and not necessarily an oral defense of the Thesis, unless so designated by the School.

f.Eligibility for ‘Honours Thesis’ Designation

Students are eligible to receive the ‘Honours Thesis’ designation on their official academic transcript and degree parchment only if they achieve a minimum grade of ‘B’ (3.00 or higher) for the Undergraduate Thesis course, and have satisfactorily completed the required oral component. Students who achieve grades between ‘D’ and ‘B-’, inclusive, and/or do not complete the oral component will retain credit for the equivalent of two courses (6.0 credit hours) but will not be eligible for the ‘Honours Thesis’ designation. Please refer to Academic Regulations, Honours Thesis Designation for more information on the ‘Honours Thesis’ designation.

g.Standards for Continuance

In order to receive the ‘Honours Thesis’ designation on their official academic transcript and degree parchment, students must maintain a term GPA of at least 3.30 at the University of Lethbridge. Students will be given a one term grace period if the term GPA falls below 3.30, to accommodate life circumstances.

Inquiries about the Undergraduate Thesis should be directed to the Dhillon School of Business Advising and Academic Support Office (M2060; tel. 403-329-2153; email: dhillon.advising@uleth.ca; website: www.ulethbridge.ca/dhillon/study/degrees/honours-thesis-designation).

Note: The Undergraduate Thesis course is not available for Combined Degrees programs.