• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Human Ecology, Environmental Studies, Sustainability, Environmental Science , Resource and Environmental Management
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Second Semester 2016
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The Honours Research Skills course provides instruction and experience in designing the Honours project, selecting appropriate research methods, placing the research in the appropriate disciplinary, inter- and/or multi- disciplinary context, and communicating research findings in effective ways through a range of formats.  This includes providing guidance and experience in preparing (i) a research proposal and plan, (ii) a draft of the introduction, literature review and methodology and methods components of the thesis, and (iii) a critique of written research communication in the Honours thesis format.  It also provides guidance and experience in the academic peer review process, which is a fundamental component of research. This compulsory component of the Honours program supports and extends the research training and guidance provided by the student’s primary supervisor and co-supervisor/s.  

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. Effectively plan and communicate their own research design and approach in a variety of formats (e.g. oral and written) to a variety of audiences.
2. Place their Honours research in the appropriate (disciplinary, inter- and/or multi-disciplinary) context.
3. Critically and constructively assess written research communication in Honours thesis format.
4. Effectively communicate their own original research findings to a variety of audiences in a variety of formats (e.g. oral and written).
5. Act as a peer reviewer who can critically and constructively comment on draft research analysis and writing.
6. Execute the Honours research in a safe and ethical manner.

Indicative Assessment

• 6000 word draft of the introduction, literature review and methodology and methods sections of the thesis: 60%  (LO1,2,4)
• Summary of original research findings in a format/medium of the student’s choice that is equivalent to a 3000 word draft journal article, book chapter, or policy summary, and presentation of a final research seminar: 40% (LO1,2,4)
• 1000 word research proposal document: mandatory, feedback provided (LO1,2)
• 500 word critique of past theses: mandatory, feedback provided (LO3,5)
• Proposal seminar: mandatory, feedback provided (LO1,2)
• 500 word critique of ~4000 word section of a contemporary Honours student's draft thesis: mandatory, feedback provided (LO3,5)
• Project-specific training required by supervisor/s and/or Honours Convenor: mandatory when required (LO6)

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Workload

Approximately 240 hours. The workload is distributed as about 10 hours per week over 16 weeks and approximately 40 hours in each of two intensive blocks. 

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.

Prescribed Texts

As recommended by the supervisor/s and the Honours Convenor.

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:
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
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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
4340 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 Blended N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9361 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 Blended N/A

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