Available in 2021
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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 ENVS4003 which is largely concerned with data collection and analysis. ENVS4004 involves discussion of research findings, their reconciliation with existing literature and the development of written texts which form drafts for the student's final thesis. Further, the course involves developing and delivery of a seminar presenting the major research findings made by the student. The course includes submission of a final thesis in the format of a manuscript (paper).

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. Advanced competency in developing and communicating research findings in a research thesis;

2. Capacity to structure and formulate arguments within a written scientific 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;

5. Capacity to verbally communicate these findings in the context of the overall field of enquiry; and

6. Research skills necessary to undertake higher-level and post-graduate research and writing.


Supervision of students in:

  1. structuring a thesis text to communicate logically the outcomes of a student"s research project;
  2. developing logical and coherent arguments and conclusions within a text that are adequately supported by appropriate evidence;
  3. use of techniques involving selection of multiple drafting, editing and use of appropriate analytical language to communicate findings to an academic audience;
  4. engagement in processes of relating specific findings to the overall concerns of environmental science and management research; and
  5. encouragement and support of students to achieve a high level of analytical competence and strongest opportunity to pursue further research and study.


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

Thesis: Research Thesis

Presentation: Final Honours Seminar

Viva Voce: Viva voce

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.