• 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
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Franklin Mills
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
    Second Semester 2019
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This is an Honours course that starts on the 29th of January in Sem 1 and 16th July in Sem 2.

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, 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.
LOs 3 and 5 apply to the 12-unit version only.

Indicative Assessment

For 12-unit version:
  • 7000-11,000 word essay that includes an extended introduction and literature review and discusses the proposed research design and approach, project management plan, methodology, methods, and data: 60%  (LO1,2,4)
  • Summary of original research findings in a format/medium of the student’s choice that is equivalent to a 3000 word draft journal article, book chapter, or policy summary, and presentation of a final research seminar: 40% (LO1,2,4)
  • 1000 word research proposal document: mandatory, feedback provided (LO1,2)
  • 500 word critique of past theses: mandatory, feedback provided (LO3,5)
  • Proposal seminar: mandatory, feedback provided (LO1,2)
  • 500 word critique of ~4000 word section of a contemporary Honours student's draft thesis: mandatory, feedback provided (LO3,5)
  • Project-specific training required by supervisor/s and/or Honours Convenor: mandatory when required (LO6)
  • Participation in course teaching events: mandatory, (LO 1-5)

For six-unit version:
  • 7000-11,000 word essay that includes an extended introduction and literature review and discusses the proposed research design and approach, project management plan, methodology, methods, and data: 60%  (LO1,2,4)
  • 1000 word research proposal document: mandatory, feedback provided (LO1,2)
  • Proposal seminar: mandatory, feedback provided (LO1,2)
  • Project-specific training required by supervisor/s and/or Honours Convenor: mandatory when required (LO6)
  • Participation in course teaching events: mandatory, (LO 1-5)

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Workload

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.

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.

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 to 12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4061 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9084 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person

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