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Environmental Research Review (12.5) (ENST90006)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeENST90006
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject allows students to conduct an original literature review of research relevant to clearly specified area of environment and sustainability. The project comprises a substantial review of a body of literature or an evaluation of research or experimental protocols. The specific focus of the literature review will be initiated by the student arising from their keen interests and consultations with other networks and academic staff with relevant expertise. Proposals for projects must be submitted to the subject coordinator in the semester prior to commencement in the subject. Final approval for the topic lies with the subject co-ordinator.

The work will be equivalent to lecture and practical based subjects worth 12.5 points The work commitment includes regular one hour meetings with supervisors where students report on progress, difficulties and research plans. Workshops conducted by the subject coordinator will deliver skill development in research practice including oral and written report presentation, with a focus on communication of research in interdisciplinary contexts.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Carry out a substantial literature review of research relevant to an identified topic.
  • Integration and application of disciplinary knowledge and skills to an independently generated research question and investigation.
  • Analyze and synthesize salient features and important theoretical, methodological and empirical trends in published literature and data.
  • Present research findings in written and verbal forms.

Generic skills

Students will:

  • Enhance their skills in critical thinking.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and foundational research skills to develop and address a research question.
  • Demonstrate planning and time management skills.
  • Undertake research independently.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to communicate research findings clearly, comprehensively and persuasively.

Eligibility and requirements


Permission from Subject Coordinator required to enrol in this subject and is dependent on having an approved project and supervisor.



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

It is normally expected that students complete this subject in the final one or two semesters of their course. Students are expected to have completed MULT90004 Sustainability, Governance and Leadership and at least 37.5 poitns of Master of Environment subjects prior to enrolling in this subject. Students should also have completed a subject that addresses the content and or methodological techniques of the proposed research topic, or equivalent; or prior knowledge of the research topic.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  1. An extended bibliography of 1000 words due in mid-semester (week 5) worth 20% of total assessment
  2. A literature review of 4000 words due in the 1st week of the exam period worth 80% of total assessment.

Dates & times

  • Summer Term
    CoordinatorDavid M. Kennedy
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursone-day compulsory work shop (9am – 4pm) in week 1
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 7 January 2019 to 1 March 2019
    Last self-enrol date17 January 2019
    Census date25 January 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail15 February 2019
    Assessment period ends 8 March 2019

    Summer Term contact information

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorDavid M. Kennedy
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours10 hours of subject based workshops plus regular meetings with supervisor.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorDavid M. Kennedy
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours10 hours of subject based workshops plus regular meetings with supervisor.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Contact Hours: 20 hours. Total Time Commitment: 170 hours.

Further information

Last updated: 16 August 2019