The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course provides third year students with direct experience in conducting an independent research project. Research projects will involve aspects of study design, sample and/or data collection and statistical analysis, interpretation and completion of written reports. This course will require presentations (seminars, poster and reports). To participate in this course, students must find an academic supervisor for a research project.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MARI3400. Students who have successfully completed MARI3400 are not eligible to enrol in ENVS3400.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Experience in independent research project, including, literature review, project design, data collection and analysis, and interpretation,

2. Developed efficiency in time-management and goal-setting,

3. Developed skills in critical thinking and problem solving,

4. Enhanced skills in oral communication (content and presentation) and,

5. Developed appropriate report writing skills.


The content of ENVS3400 is largely the conduct of an independent research project, with the assessment of the oral and written presentation of the research activity. Support and training for students undertaking a research project will be via tutorials, workshops and consultations.

All students are expected to be highly self-motivated, proactive and maintain regular contact with their academic supervisor for project consultation and assistance.


This course replaces MARI3400. If you have successfully completed MARI3400 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

At least four 2000 and/or 3000 level MARI, SRMT or ENVS courses.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Research Proposal

Presentation: Seminars

Exhibition / Poster: Poster

Report: Final Report

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials may include workshops or consultation times.