Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course develops preliminary research skills in the field of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation. This course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is also the student's Masters research supervisor. This course builds skills and competencies in research design including reviews, identification of research questions, methodological approaches, data collection and analysis, discussion and communication skills and preparation skills.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. acquire, analyse and extract scientific information required to develop research proposals;

2. review the scientific literature in the selected area of interest and identify the gaps that need scientific investigation;

3. design and conduct experiments with the help of supervisors (principal or co-supervisors); and

4. effectively communicate their scientific knowledge and results to a variety of audiences, including in a written form to a standard required for publication for the international scientific community.


1. Development of a Research proposal in Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation on a topic given by elected supervisor, involving establishing aims and objectives of the research thesis, methodology and research plan, and evidence of a timetable for completion;

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


To enrol in this course, students must be active in the Master of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation program (Program Code 40024) and have successfully completed 80 units of 6000 level coursework courses in this program.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Research Proposal

Presentation: Research Seminar Presentation

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Meeting with supervisor(s)

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term