Available in 2021
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course involves the direct application of research skills and competencies introduced in ENVS4001 and ENVS4002. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is the student's principal Honours research supervisor. It concentrates on the data collection and analysis portion of the research process. By the start of this course, students will have completed a major literature review, identified a suitable research question and developed a robust research design. The course explores and implements appropriate data collection techniques and develops advanced skills in data analysis. The course develops drafts for the student's final thesis.

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. Competency in the selection and use of various methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection used in environmental studies;

2. Capacity to identify and implement appropriate methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection to be used in their individual research projects;

3. Appreciation of the practical issues linking research methodologies and theoretical research and analysis in environmental studies; and

4. Knowledge of appropriate research ethics principles and procedures and capacity to obtain appropriate approval for a research project.


Students undertake activities involving:

  1. discussion and guidance on uses of appropriate methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection used in environmental studies;
  2. guidance on use of analytical thinking for data analysis and conclusion drawing;
  3. guidance on drafting reports summarizing preliminary findings or progress;
  4. guidance on presenting preliminary findings orally before peers and academic staff; and
  5. the application of appropriate research ethics principles and OH&S issues.


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

Assumed knowledge

ENVS4001 and ENVS4002

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Thesis Outline & Initial Conclusions (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 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.