HONOURS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

ENV4HNB

2018

Credit points: 60

Subject outline

Honours degree students are selected on the basis of their performance in the final year of the pass degree. There is no Department of Environmental Science so the honours year and projects are carried out under the auspices of a department in the Faculty, usually Ecology, Environment and Evolution (Environmental Geoscience). The honours year is structured according to principles applied to the science discipline of the thesis supervisor and involves an extended scientific investigation into a scientific problem relating to the environment and some course-work relevant to the project. Approval of each fourth year enrolment must be given by the supervisor and the Environmental Science Coordinator.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points60

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Science with Honours SHS.

Co-requisites ENV4HNA

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject of study represents one semester of a year long program, i.e. students enrol in ENV4HNA and ENV4HNB.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop independent learning and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant scientific information to generate a scientific report.

Activities:
The student will work under the supervision of an academic staff member to plan the research project. and determine the methods and analysis to be used.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Solve and creatively find solutions to a complex, unfamiliar, real world scientific and technical problem consistent with the faculty and professional standards.

Activities:
The student will independently analyse the data.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Use numerical calculations and graphical representations to manipulate and interpret numerical data and evidence from experiments, scientific reports and journals

Activities:
The student will use appropriate, calculations, statistics and graphical representations to interpret the data.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Present coherent explanations supported by evidence in grammatically correct prose in a scientific report that has appropriate referencing, and employs academic integrity and scientific rigour.

Activities:
The final written research thesis requires discussing the significance of the project findings in light of current understanding of the problem/issue in the published literature.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Conduct a clearly spoken presentation to communicate logically the results of the scientific research carried out (including theoretical concepts).

Activities:
The presentation will demonstrate both communication and organisational skills.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Class requirements

Supervised Research Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours supervised research per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"As determined by the relevant Honours department"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Literature survey (max 4000 words)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for ENV4HNA and ENV4HNB8 01, 04
Course work (equivalent to 10,000 words)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for ENV4HNA and ENV4HNB32 02, 03, 04
Thesis (max 20,000 words)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for ENV4HNA and ENV4HNB60 01, 02, 03, 04
PresentationHurdle requirement. All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for ENV4HNA and ENV4HNB 01, 02, 03, 05

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Class requirements

Supervised Research Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours supervised research per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"As determined by the relevant Honours department"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Literature survey (max 4000 words)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for ENV4HNA and ENV4HNB8 01, 04
Course work (equivalent to 10,000 words)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for ENV4HNA and ENV4HNB32 02, 03, 04
Thesis (max 20,000 words)All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for ENV4HNA and ENV4HNB60 01, 02, 03, 04
PresentationHurdle requirement. All assessment components listed are the combined assessment for ENV4HNA and ENV4HNB 01, 02, 03, 05