Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course develops a student's skills and competencies in the communication of research findings. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is the student's principal Masters research supervisor. The course operates in conjunction with ERAR6130 which is largely concerned with data collection and analysis. ERAR6140 involves discussion of research findings, their reconciliation with existing literature and the development of texts which form drafts for the student's final thesis. The course also involves developing and delivery of seminar presenting the major research findings made by the student. The course concludes with the submission of a final thesis in the format of an academic manuscript or a research paper to a publishable standard.

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.


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 related to specific findings to the overall concerns of the field of Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation;

5. Encouragement and support of students to achieve a high level of analytical competence and the strongest opportunity to pursue further research work.


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

Thesis: Research Thesis

Presentation: Final Masters Seminar

Viva Voce: Viva Voce

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


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