• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Environmental Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Brookhouse
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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In environment and sustainability fields, research plays a major role in identifying the response of human and natural systems to spatial and temporal differences, disturbances and management actions. Achieving these research outcomes relies upon establishing research questions and testable hypotheses, applying appropriate data collection and analysis methods, critically assessing results, and effectively communicating the observations. That process is common to all science-based disciplines.

ENVS6103 uses a PPDAC (Problem, Plan, Data, Analysis, Conclusion) cycle to introduce fundamental research concepts. You can expect to develop skills in ecological measurement and sampling, and designing and conducting surveys and experiments. You will also develop analytical skills, including data exploration and effective communication and analysis techniques common to all sciences. The course promotes learning through a combination of lectures, and field-/computer-based practical exercises. During field-based exercises you will gain first-hand experience in collecting ecological and social data.

Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be assessed separately and have some separate learning activities.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate conceptual understanding of inferential statistics and hypothesis testing.
  2. Interpret quantitative research results reported within scientific literature.
  3. Summarise data to identify effects and trends.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of experimental and research design.
  5. Apply the principles of sampling techniques in the environmental and social sciences.
  6. Demonstrate a capacity to communicate research results effectively to the scientific and non-technical audiences.

Work Integrated Learning


Students may engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a component of the course

Other Information

If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form

Indicative Assessment

  1. Five online quizzes reflecting lecture content and analysis of ecological data (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research summary focussed on a social experiment (30) [LO 2,5,6]
  3. Extended abstract focussed on ecological attributes of Black Mountain (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures, 1 x 3 hour field, discussion and computer-based practical per week plus a fortnightly 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
  • Approximately 64 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, practicals and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with ENVS1003

Prescribed Texts

Not required.

Assumed Knowledge

No specific knowledge required.


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 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
2942 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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