• Code ENVS4001
  • 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 Human Ecology, Environmental Studies, Sustainability, Environmental Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nici Sweaney
    • Dr Sara Beavis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
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Delivery of this course will vary from student to student. Contact your course convener or supervisor to see if there is an on campus activity.

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:

  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

  1. Annotated bibliography (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Research reflection (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Final seminar (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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In the twelve-unit version, 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.

In the six-unit version, approximately 120 hours. The workload is distributed as about 10 hours per week over 12 weeks.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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.

Assumed Knowledge

Satisfactory completion of ENVS1003, ENVS2002, ENVS2009, ENVS2011, ENVS2014, ENVS2015, ENVS2018, ENVS3010, ENVS3014, ENVS3016, ENVS3019, ENVS3021 and/or ENVS3040 or equivalent as appropriate for intended research project is recommended.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $685 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $980 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
3423 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 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
6428 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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