ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH PROJECT

ENV3ENP

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject aims to introduce students to scientific research on the environment. One afternoon per week is allocated and involves a project in which the student investigates an environmental problem and seeks a solution. The brief is to acquire data, interpret it and write a report, and is conducted under the supervision of a member of staff and possibly by an external organisation. A final verbal and visual presentation is made at the end of the semester.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Second Year of the Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ENV30ENV, ENV31ENV, ENV32ENV, ENV3ENV

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Design a research project examining a environmental science problem\issue and document methods and appropriate analysis that was used.

Activities:
The student will work under the supervision of an academic staff member to plan the research project. A short oral presentation outlining the project and the methods used will be given to peers and departmental staff towards the end of semester. The final written project report requires documentation of methods and analysis used.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Speaking (Speaking)

02. Conduct the planned research project into an environmental science problem\issue and document the results, analysis and interpretation of the data.

Activities:
The student will work under the supervision of an academic staff member to carry out all aspects of the research project. A short oral presentation outlining the project, the results and data interpretation will be given to peers and departmental staff towards the end of semester. The final written project report requires documentation of results and their interpretation, using, where appropriate, calculations, statistics and graphical representations to manipulate and interpret data.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Provide a full discussion of the research project findings, linking the findings to those in the published literature.

Activities:
The supervisor will guide the student towards appropriate published sources with the short oral presentation including reference to published literature. 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:
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Class requirements

Independent Research Week: 10 - 22
One 60.0 hours independent research per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"60 hours of self-directed learning"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 10-minute oral presentation of the project10 01, 02, 03
Project report equivalent to 4000 words90 01, 02, 03

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Class requirements

Independent Research Week: 31 - 43
One 60.0 hours independent research per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"60 hours of self-directed learning."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 10-minute oral presentation of the project10 01, 02, 03
Project report equivalent to 4000 words90 01, 02, 03