• 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, Resource and Environmental Management
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sara Beavis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

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.

Work Integrated Learning


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

Indicative Assessment

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

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


In the six-unit version, approximately 130 hours. The workload is distributed as about 10 hours per week over 12 weeks.

In the twelve-unit version, approximately 260 hours. The workload is distributed as about 10 hours per week over 16 weeks and approximately 40 hours in each of two intensive blocks.

Inherent Requirements

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Environmental Honours Specialisation (ENVI-HSPC).

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.


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
2024 $780 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $1060 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
2845 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7833 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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