• 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 PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Cristopher Brack
    • AsPr Janette Lindesay
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
    Second Semester 2014
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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

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

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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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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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 Description
1994-2003 $275 per unit
2014 $491 per unit
2013 $491 per unit
2012 $491 per unit
2011 $491 per unit
2010 $486 per unit
2009 $486 per unit
2008 $486 per unit
2007 $420 per unit
2006 $420 per unit
2005 $420 per unit
2004 $360 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $601 per unit
2014 $627 per unit
2013 $626 per unit
2012 $626 per unit
2011 $626 per unit
2010 $625 per unit
2009 $603 per unit
2008 $603 per unit
2007 $603 per unit
2006 $603 per unit
2005 $603 per unit
2004 $603 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3614 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A
4470 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7598 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A
8205 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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