Environmental Science and Management Honours 4003

Course code ENVS4003Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

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.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete the following compulsory components:
* Work Health and Safety (WHS) module;
* Project risk assessment;
* Lab and/or fieldwork safety induction; and
* Academic Integrity Module (AIM).

Students will receive full information on these compulsory components in the course outline provided by the School.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
OurimbahSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2013
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
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.
ContentStudents 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.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeENVS4001 and ENVS4002
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Thesis outlines & Initial conclusions (oral & written)
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Individual Supervision: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS module, Project risk assessment, Lab and/or fieldwork safety induction, and AIM.
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management Honours program.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for ENVS4003