• Code ENVS8101
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Cristopher Brack
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
    Second Semester 2017
    See Future Offerings

The Major Research Essay is a significant piece of guided independent research on a topic agreed between the student and their supervisor. It typically involves a literature review and an appropriate form of critical analysis of sources of primary and /or secondary data. It may also involve field and/or laboratory work. All students must attend relevant seminars, present at least one seminar, and comply with any other prescribed conditions.

This course is available only under certain award programs. 

Consent is required to enrol into this course.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. plan, and engage, in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic relevant to the study of environment and society
2. systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions
3. engage in systematic discovery and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources
4. appropriately apply statistical or other evaluation processes to original data
5. understand  and apply ethical standards of conduct in the collection and evaluation of data and other resources
6. communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally

Indicative Assessment

The nature and weightings of assessment items will be customised in negotiation with each student, but will be based on:

  • Research essay of maximum 15,000 words on an agreed topic, showing evidence of wide reading and understanding as well as critical analysis and/or appropriate use of advanced techniques (LO 1-6)
  • Presentation of research in an academic seminar (LO 6)

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Workload

Contact and private study 260 hours.


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.

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 $610 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $813 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

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4675 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person
4676 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9727 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person
9728 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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