CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)

Under the guidance of a supervisor/mentor, the student will be required to undertake research and prepare a dissertation/project on an approved area of customs administration and/or international trade facilitation and regulation.  The subject will require completion of a dissertation/research project of approximately 10,000 words and will require demonstration of competence in research and the capacity to present a well-written piece of work which analyses or critically reviews the approved topic in depth.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS550. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Customs and Excise Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Students mujst complete either CUS551 Customs Research Methods or HRM507 Research Methods or another equivalent research methodology unit with the agreement of the Course Director


CUS551 or HRM507

Subject Relationships

CUS551 Students must have completed either CUS551 Customs Research Methods or HRM507 Research Methods or another equivalent research methodology unit with the agreement of the Course Director

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate research techniques, showing the use of primary and secondary sources and depth and quality of research;
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of their selected topic and familiarity with, and citation of, existing quality literature and the effective relationship of their paper to other scholarship in the area;
  • be able to demonstrate literary skills at a high level;
  • be able to demonstrate good analytical skills and the ability to present well-developed arguments relating to the question posed and supported by logical, compelling premises/evidence, evaluation and critique; and
  • be able to formulate a written contribution to existing knowledge/practice, or an original re-examination of existing knowledge/practice, with a coherent structure that contributes to argument.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The student will undertake independent research on an agreed aspect of customs administration/studies under the supervision of a dedicated supervisor/mentor.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.