Development Studies Honours 4340

Course code GEOG4340Units 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 GEOG4330 which is largely concerned with data collection and analysis. GEOG4340 involves discussion of research findings, their reconciliation with existing literatures and the development of written texts which form drafts of chapters for the student's honours research thesis. The course includes submission of a completed thesis.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of this course students will have:

1. Advanced competency in developing and communicating research findings in a major thesis
2. Capacity to structure and formulate arguments within a lengthy written 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 and in appropriate policy settings
5. Research skills necessary to undertake higher-level and post-graduate research and writing.
ContentSupervision of students in:
- Structuring a thesis text to communicate logically the outcomes of a student?s research project
- Developing logical and coherent arguments and conclusions within a text that are adequately supported by appropriate evidence
- Use of techniques involving selection of multiple drafting, editing and use of appropriate analytical language to communicate findings to an academic audience
- Engagement in processes of relating specific findings to the overall concerns of development studies research
- 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)GEOS4340
TransitionStudents currently enrolled in the previous suite of honours, ie GEOS4310, 4320, 4330 and 4340 will be permitted to finish their current program prior to these courses being deleted.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of GEOG4310 and GEOG4320.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Individual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Research thesis
Contact HoursCase Study: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Individual Supervision: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOG4340