Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course develops preliminary research skills in sustainable resource management studies. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is also the student's honours research supervisor. The course builds skills and competencies in research design including literature reviews, identification of research questions, methodological approaches, discussion and written communication skills.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Comprehend the procedures for undertaking a successful research project within the field of sustainable research management

2. Have the capacity to identlify research issues and frame research questions in the context of existing scholarship and available resources

3. Gain a thourough understanding of methods of reviewing literature and have the capacity to identify relevant texts and information gaps in te student's field of research

4. Have the capacity to formulate appropraite boundaries to a research project and identify appropraite methods and processess to undertake critical analysis


Identifying relevant literature within the field of sustainable resource management (and other disciplines) in order to frame and situate a research question.

Undertaking a literature review including:

  • Identifying key texts and articles
  • Evaluating arguments and evidence
  • Providing rationale for inclusion of relevant material
  • Clear communication of uses made of relevant materials
  • Identification of limits of existing literature and role of the students research in contributing to the field.

Designing appropriate research design and methodology, such as:

  • Formulation of theoretical and research questions
  • Identification of appropriate methods and boundaries for research project
  • Use of critical and analytical thinking for formulating initial arguments, questions or hypotheses.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Ourimbah) program.

Assumed knowledge

A major in the appropriate discipline with a minimum credit grade average.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Research Proposal

Presentation: First Honours Seminar

Contact hours


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