Available in 2021
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces the objectives of the Honours program in Environmental Science and Management, which is designed to develop students who possess the skills required for research and other career pathways. This course enhances skills and capacities in sourcing and reviewing literature, critical reasoning and argument, essay writing and verbal communication, and understanding and identifying appropriate application of data collection techniques. Depending upon the project selected, each student will be assigned to one of the research groupings within the discipline. Each research group offers specialised training aimed at developing in students a sound knowledge of the research techniques and methodologies that are utilised in their research area.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. A highly developed capacity to read, understand and evaluate a large body of academic and professional literature;

2. Higher order thinking skills involving the identification of research problems, selection of research techniques, evaluation of a variety of data forms, critical analysis and appropriate policy advice;

3. Knowledge of specific data collection techniques;

4. The capacity to devise and employ effective and creative strategies in problem solving; and

5. The ability to communicate effectively both in written and oral form using a variety of appropriate styles.


Throughout the semester, students will attend a series of seminars/workshops that will introduce them to:

  1. the various legislative requirements that must be met before a research project may be initiated (Work Health and Safety (WHS), Animal Ethics and Human Ethics);
  2. Project management skills;
  3. Experimental design and data analysis;
  4. Thesis writing skills; and
  5. Seminar presentation skills.

This course outlines the main component of the Honours program, this being an appropriate research project conducted under the close supervision of an academic staff member. Together with the workshop program, this will allow the student to generate a thesis that demonstrates their capacity for effective data collection, processing, analysis and interpretation.


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

Assumed knowledge

A major in an appropriate discipline with a minimum credit grade average.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online WHS induction and Project Risk Assessment Report

Written Assignment: Literature Review Outline & Initial Research Plan (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

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

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


Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Seminar time may include Workshops.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.