• Code ENVS3010
  • 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 Earth and Marine Sciences, Forestry, Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Albert Van Dijk
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    Second Semester 2015
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This is a research-intensive course in which students undertake a self-directed research project under the guidance of a supervisor. It comprises a series of seminars on planning and conducting research, and on academic skills development. The majority of time is spent developing and implementing a research plan under the supervision of an academic member of staff.

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. explain basic research theory and practice as it applies to topics related to environment and society
2. conduct independent research on a supervised topic, and present research contexts, methodologies and findings clearly and effectively both orally and in writing
3. engage in ethically-sound and professional research on topics related to environment and society

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. Admission may be restricted to prospective Honours students. Admission of non-Science students requires the approval of an appropriate College Authority. Other than in exceptional cases, admission to this course requires the completion of at least 30 units at 2000/3000 level, with Credit average performance in 2000 and 3000 level courses in the School, and Distinction level performance in courses related to the proposed research project. Incompatible with SRES3010.

Indicative Assessment

  • Research plan (10%; LO 1)
  • Final seminar presentation (10%; LO 1-3)
  • 5000 word paper on research topic (80%; LO 1-3)

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Students are expected to devote at least ten hours a week to seminars and their research topic.

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.

Preliminary Reading

To be advised.

Assumed Knowledge

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

Areas of Interest

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




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Student Contribution Band:
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.

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
2015 $516 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $691 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2034 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 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
1998 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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