• 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
    • AsPr Keith Barney
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

EMDV 8008 Research Proposal is a guided research stream Master’s degree class where students proceed through all of the steps in assembling logically structured and viable research proposal document. The Course Convenor works closely with the students to: focus in on a discrete topic; identify a research problem; secure a research supervisor;  establish a set of research questions; complete a literature review; set out a methodology and practical array of methods to help answer those questions; consider the normative, ethical and practical aspects of research; connect the research to the concerns of public policy; and, where possible, explore possibilities for funding. 


The culmination of the course is a final, polished research proposal document, and a public presentation to the department, that elaborates the research idea and approach.  Students engage in collaborative, Convenor-led, peer review workshops, to refine and polish their writing and analysis. The course can be used for developing research proposals related to topics relevant to Australia, the Asia-Pacific, or further afield.  


This course can be completed on a stand-alone basis and used to build practical skills with devising and assessing research documents. Alternatively, it can be completed as a springboard for enrolling into EMDV 8066 Research Project (12 units) or EMDV 8016 Research Thesis (24 units), both offered in Semester 2, which can in turn provide the basis for an application for doctoral studies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Formulate useful research hypotheses or problems and research questions.
  2. Conduct a strategic literature review, using well developed analytical and synthesis skills.
  3. Assemble and plan a viable research methodology, selecting rigorous and practical research methods to address a problem-focused research question.
  4. Structure and orally deliver a compelling research proposal presentation.
  5. Structure and execute a polished written research proposal, using high level written communication skills.

Other Information

A distinction average (70%) in the intitial component of the degree is required to enrol in this course.

Semester 1 students may seek permission to enrol from the Course Convenor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Outline of proposal (750 wds) (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Peer Review Workshops (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Annotated Bibliography (1,250 wds) (10) [LO 2]
  4. Final Proposal Presentation (15 mins) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Final Written Proposal (4000 wds) (50) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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.


The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course students must also be enrolled in EMDV8102. A distinction average (70%) in the initial component of the degree is required to enrol in this course. Semester 1 students may seek permission to enrol from the Course Convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Reading material will be discussed with the course convener and will depend on the topic of relevance to the student

Preliminary Reading

Watts, Michael (2001). The holy grail: in pursuit of the dissertation proposal. Institute of International Studies’ Online Dissertation Proposal Workshop. Berkeley: Regents of the University of California.



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.

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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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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
2280 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
4058 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View

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