• Code EMDV8016
  • Unit Value 12 to 24 units
  • Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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The sub-thesis is a major piece of guided independent research on a topic agreed between the student and their supervisor. Students design and implement a project to answer their research question, to place the answer in the context of an intellectual tradition, and to communicate it clearly to others. The work must show evidence of wide reading and understanding, of critical analysis and/or appropriate use of advanced research methods, and be at a higher level of development than the major research project. 


Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. systematically plan and design an independent research project, applying relevant research methods to investigate critically a chosen research topic relevant to environment and development
2. identify relevant theory and concepts and apply them to a research question, evaluate evidence using appropriate methodologies, and drawing appropriate conclusions
3. systematically collect and analyse data, critically reviewing relevant sources applying qualitative, statistical or other evaluation processes
4. understand  and apply ethical standards of conduct in the collection and evaluation of data and other resources
5. communicate the results of the research clearly and effectively both in writing and orally

Other Information

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the first 72 units of courses attempted.
EMDV8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management
EMDV8000 Research Proposal and research methods.

Indicative Assessment

The assessment items will comprise a research thesis of 20,000 words (exclusive of footnotes, maps, references and appendices) on an approved topic relating to environment and development, showing evidence of extensive reading, critical engagement with advanced conceptual approaches, critical analysis and/or appropriate use of highly developed research methods. There is a penalty of 10% for exceeding this word limit.

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480 hours for 24 units, including a minimum of 13 hours contact with the supervisor. It is the joint responsibility of the student and supervisor to arrange times for face-to-face contact. The supervisor is normally only available for email or face-to-face consultation during teaching weeks of each semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of the Research Topic; courses relevant to proposed research topic.


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:
Unit value:
12 to 24 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.

12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
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, 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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
10137 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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