Available in 2021
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course develops preliminary research skills in Environmental Science and Management. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member(s) who is also the student's Honours research supervisor. The course builds skills and competencies in research design including literature reviews, identification of research questions, methodological approaches, data collection and analysis, discussion and communication skills and preparation skills.

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 capacity to read, understand and evaluate a large body of academic and professional literature; and

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


  1. Development of a Research Proposal, involving establishing aims and objectives of the thesis;
  2. Methodology and research plan, and evidence of a timetable for completion;

The Research Proposal is presented as a half-hour seminar, followed by questions and re-evaluation of thesis direction.


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

Proposal / Plan: Research Proposal

Presentation: First Honours Seminar

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 Term Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

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

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.