Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course involves the direct application of research skills and competencies introduced in ERAR6110 and ERAR6120. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is the student's principal Masters 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 (ERAR6110), resolved their research question and developed a robust research design (ERAR6120). The course explores and implements appropriate data collection techniques and develops advanced skills in data analysis. During this course, the student will begin developing drafts of their final thesis.

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.


Students undertake activities involving:

1. discussion and recieving guidance on uses of appropriate methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection used in the field of environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation;

2. guidance on the use of analytical thinking for data analysis and the drawing of conclusions;

3. guidance on drafting reports summarising 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 WHS issues.


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

Written Assignment: Thesis outline and intitial conclusions

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

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

Self-Directed Learning

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