|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject allows students to conduct an independent, original research project in a specified area of environment and sustainability, in collaboration with an industry partner. The project addresses a real world problem in an industry context and comprises a review of a body of literature, a review and discussion of methodology and/ or an evaluation of research or experimental protocols and some original research.
The specific focus of the research project will be initiated by either the student arising from their keen interests and consultations with other networks and academic staff with relevant expertise, or by an industry partner. Proposals for research 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 25 points. The work commitment includes regular one hour meetings with academic and industry partner 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
- Collaborate with industry partners to develop a research project that investigates a real world problem.
- Undertake original research on topic pertaining to sustainability or environment.
- 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.
- Manage the practical elements of a research project that involves research partners beyond the academy.
- Present research findings in clear, concise and persuasive written and verbal forms.
- Enhance their skills in critical thinking.
- Apply critical thinking skills and foundational research skills to develop and address a research question arising from a real world problem.
- Demonstrate planning and time management skills.
- Undertake research independently.
- Demonstrate a capacity to communicate research findings clearly, comprehensively and persuasively.
- Develop an understanding of how research is used by industry, and develop links with organisations in the environment and sustainability fields.
Eligibility and requirements
Permission from Subject Coordinator required to enrol in this subject, and is dependent on having an approved project and supervisor
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 points 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
- A literature review or similar task of 1500 words due in mid-semester (week 5) worth 15% of total assessment.
- A research seminar (Hurdle Requirement) of 15 minutes duration due in week 11 of semester worth 15% of total assessment.
- A final project of 7000 words due in the 1st week of the exam period worth 70% of total assessment.
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator David M. Kennedy Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 10 hours of subject based workshops plus regular meetings with supervisor. Total time commitment 340 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator David M. Kennedy Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 10 hours of subject based workshops plus regular meetings with supervisor. Total time commitment 340 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
Contact Hours: 20 hours. Total Time Commitment: 340 hours.
Some relevant texts will be recommended by the supervisor.
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