• Code ENVS3016
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science More...
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Albert Van Dijk
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2017
    First Semester 2017
    Autumn Session 2017
    Winter Session 2017
    Second Semester 2017
    Spring Session 2017
    See Future Offerings

This course allows students to pursue a special topic of individual or small-group study in order to gain particular or additional knowledge in a topic in environment, society and sustainability not covered in other courses taught in the Fenner School of Environment and Society or elsewhere in the University. Depending on the topic students may be required to develop and implement a research plan under the supervision of an academic member of staff; to pursue a guided reading program; to develop and implement a project with external stakeholders and/or practitioners under the supervision of an academic member of staff; and/or to take part in selected lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars, discussion groups, field trips and other activities.

The course is intended principally for third-year students and can provide a useful introduction to self-directed research.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Pursue a sustained, guided critical investigation and evaluation of a topic relevant to the environment, society and/or sustainability.
2. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodology and/or evidence, analyse data using appropriate methods and tools, and draw appropriate evidence-based conclusions.
3. Work constructively with active researchers and practitioners on real research problems.
4. Critically evaluate their own work and results as well as published research. 
5. Communicate research concepts and results effectively in appropriate formats.

Other Information

Admission to this course is at the discretion of the Associate Director Education, Fenner School, subject to the availability of a suitable supervisor. Requires Credit or above average performance in 2000 and 3000 level courses.

Indicative Assessment

The nature and weightings of assessment items will be customised in negotiation with each student. An example of typical assessment is:

• Presentation of a learning/research plan 15% (LO 1-2)
• A summary paper or papers of 5000 words in total (6 units) or 8000 words in total (12 units) 85% (LO 1-5)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Students are expected to devote at least 12 hours a week to guided readings and/ or attending selected lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and supporting work.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

ENVS1003 or equivalent; ENVS2014 or equivalent for social sciences topics; ENVS2009 or equivalent for environmental sciences topics

Areas of Interest

  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Human Ecology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
  • Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Policy Studies

Majors

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 to 12 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
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $574 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $765 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1308 01 Jan 2017 20 Jan 2017 20 Jan 2017 31 Mar 2017 In Person

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2838 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5795 01 Apr 2017 21 Apr 2017 21 Apr 2017 30 Jun 2017 In Person

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
6889 01 Jul 2017 21 Jul 2017 21 Jul 2017 30 Sep 2017 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
10102 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person
10142 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9743 01 Oct 2017 20 Oct 2017 20 Oct 2017 31 Dec 2017 In Person

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