• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Sango Mahanty
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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The course EMDV9066 Research Project provides PhD students with the opportunity to to further understand the research process, and to participate in it by developing and refining a thesis proposal document. Students will develop a topic and identify research questions in environmental management and/or policy, and formulate a full proposal through which to investigate that topic in the course.
The topic of the research project is chosen and the research project is designed in Semester 1 in EMDV9008 Advanced Research Proposal. Most of the literature review for the research project is also undertaken in Semester 1 in Advanced Research Proposal. The main activities for students  doing EMDV9066 Advanced Research Project in Semester 2 are to further collect and analyse data and other information relevant for their full thesis proposal. Skills in collecting and interpreting qualitative and quantitative research data, and moving from data to analysis to written narrative will be promoted, that will serve as a guide for their doctoral programmes. PhD students will further refine and orally present their research proposals. The course establishes a foundation for a successful completion of the PhD Thesis Proposal Review (TPR).
The students' research projects are supervised by the Course Convenor and the students Primary Thesis Supervisor and other committee members. Students will normally have completed EMDV9008 Research Proposal and EMDV9012 Research Methods for Environmental Management in the first semester. However the course is open to doctoral students enrolling in the PhD Program in Semester 2.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and apply aspects of research design, methods and research methodology
  2. Collect and analyse data and assemble research information
  3. Advanced their skills in preparing and presenting a scholarly argument based upon original research and analysis
  4. Enhanced skills in communicating the results of research in oral and written form

Indicative Assessment

  1. Peer Review of Class Writing Samples (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Critical review of a READ Research Seminar (5) [LO 4]
  3. Draft Outline of Research Paper (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Final Oral Presentation (15) [LO 4]
  5. Final Written Research Paper (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours. This 12 unit course is double that arrangement.

Inherent Requirements

Students must be enrolled in a PhD program to take this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Relevant readings are identified with the support of the Course Convenor and the student's Research Supervisor


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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9052 01 Jul 2024 01 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 31 Dec 2024 In Person View
9053 01 Jul 2024 01 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 31 Dec 2024 Online View

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