Available in 2022
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 GEOG4330 which is largely concerned with data collection and analysis. GEOG4340 involves discussion of research findings, their reconciliation with existing literatures and the development of written texts which form drafts of chapters for the student's honours research thesis. The course includes submission of a completed thesis.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Advanced competency in developing and communicating research findings in a major thesis

2. Capacity to structure and formulate arguments within a lengthy written 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 and in appropriate policy settings

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


Supervision of students in:

  • Structuring a thesis text to communicate logically the outcomes of a student?s research project
  • Developing logical and coherent arguments and conclusions within a text that are adequately supported by appropriate evidence
  • Use of techniques involving selection of multiple drafting, editing and use of appropriate analytical language to communicate findings to an academic audience
  • Engagement in processes of relating specific findings to the overall concerns of development studies research
  • Encouragement and support of students to achieve a high level of analytical competence and strongest opportunity to pursue further research and study.

Assumed knowledge

Completion of GEOG4310 and GEOG4320.

Assessment items

Thesis: Thesis

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Contact hours by arrangement with supervisor. This will be run as an integrated learning session.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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