• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Environmental Studies More...
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Brookhouse
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS6103
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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Effective research involves collecting and analysing appropriate data as well as successfully communicating the results. This course uses a problem-focussed approach to introduce fundamental research concepts by exploring how researchers describe and quantify vegetation communities, animal populations as well as human attitudes and behaviour. You can expect to develop skills in ecological measurement and sampling as well as in designing and conducting social research projects. You will also develop analytical skills, including data exploration, as well as effective communication and analysis techniques common to all sciences. The course promotes learning through a combination of lectures as well as field- and computer-based practical exercises. During field-based exercises you will gain first-hand experience in collecting ecological data. You will apply this data and your analytical skills to the issue of kangaroo populations and culling.

Honours Pathway Option

Subject to the approval of the course convenor, HPO students will be required to demonstrate greater depth in the philosophy and practice of measurement and analysis in the environmental and/or social sciences. This understanding will be facilitated in a small research project conducted under direct supervision of the convenor. HPO students can expect to attend one additional one-hour tutorial session each fortnight, and submit a written report or oral presentation focusing on comparative field-based techniques (10% of overall assessment).

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand and interpret quantitative research results reported within scientific literature
  2. understand the principles of sampling techniques in the environmental and social sciences
  3. explore and summarise data to identify effects and trends
  4. demonstrate a capacity to communicate research results effectively to the scientific and non-technical audiences

Indicative Assessment

  • three quantitative short reports focusing on analysis and interpretation of environmental datasets (5% each, 15% total);
  • a statistics revision quiz (5%);
  • a scientific journal article based upon interpretation of field-based fauna and flora data that aims to provide the opportunity to integrate knowledge of measurement, analysis and presentation to a scientific audience (5 pages, 20%),
  • an in-class questionnaire critique that aims to develop an understanding of the principles of survey design (8%);
  • a report on constructing questionnaires and planning analyses that aims to integrate understanding of analytical and survey methods (12%);
  • A brief report prepared for a non-science audience, framed around analysis of questionnaire data generated during the semester, aimed at developing skills in writing for non-technical audiences (20%);
  • an end of semester exam (20%).

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Workload

60 Contact hours, comprising lectures, workshops and field excursions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SRES1003 or ENVS6103

Areas of Interest

  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
  • Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Population Studies
  • Science Communication

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7816 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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