Environmental Science and Management Honours 4004

Course code ENVS4004Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course develops a student's skills and competencies in the development and communication of research findings. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is the student's honours research supervisor. The course operates in conjunction with ENVS4003 which is largely concerned with data collection and analysis. ENVS4004 involves discussion of research findings, their reconciliation with existing literature and the development of written texts which form drafts for the student's final thesis. Further, the course involves developing and delivery of a seminar presenting the major research findings made by the student. The course includes submission of a final thesis in the format of a manuscript (paper).

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 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
OurimbahSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. advanced competency in developing and communicating research findings in a research thesis;
2. capacity to structure and formulate arguments within a written scientific text;
3. capacity to communicate research findings involving very high analytical levels;
4. capacity to communicate research findings that positions conclusions within a student’s overall field of enquiry;
5. capacity to verbally communicate these findings in the context of the overall field of enquiry; and
6. research skills necessary to undertake higher-level and post-graduate research and writing.
ContentSupervision of students in:
1. structuring a thesis text to communicate logically the outcomes of a student’s research project;
2. developing logical and coherent arguments and conclusions within a text that are adequately supported by appropriate evidence;
3. use of techniques involving selection of multiple drafting, editing and use of appropriate analytical language to communicate findings to an academic audience;
4. engagement in processes of relating specific findings to the overall concerns of environmental science and management research; and
5. encouragement and support of students to achieve a high level of analytical competence and strongest opportunity to pursue further research and study.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeENVS4001 and ENVS4002
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsResearch Thesis
Other: (please specify)Viva
Presentations - IndividualFinal Honours seminar
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.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENVS4004