Environmental Science and Management Honours 4003

Description

This course involves the direct application of research skills and competencies introduced in ENVS4001 and ENVS4002. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is the student's principal Honours research supervisor. It concentrates on the data collection and analysis portion of the research process. By the start of this course, students will have completed a major literature review, identified a suitable research question and developed a robust research design. The course explores and implements appropriate data collection techniques and develops advanced skills in data analysis. The course develops drafts for the student's final thesis.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Competency in the selection and use of various methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection used in environmental studies;

2. Capacity to identify and implement appropriate methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection to be used in their individual research projects;

3. Appreciation of the practical issues linking research methodologies and theoretical research and analysis in environmental studies; and

4. Knowledge of appropriate research ethics principles and procedures and capacity to obtain appropriate approval for a research project.

Content

Students undertake activities involving:

  1. discussion and guidance on uses of appropriate methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection used in environmental studies;
  2. guidance on use of analytical thinking for data analysis and conclusion drawing;
  3. guidance on drafting reports summarizing preliminary findings or progress;
  4. guidance on presenting preliminary findings orally before peers and academic staff; and
  5. the application of appropriate research ethics principles and OH&S issues.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours) program.

Assumed Knowledge

ENVS4001 and ENVS4002

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Thesis Outline & Initial Conclusions (Oral & Written)

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Individual Supervision: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - WHS module, Project risk assessment, Lab and/or fieldwork safety induction.

Contact Hours

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term