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Environmental Research Project - 50 Pt2 (ENST90038)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeENST90038
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject allows students to conduct a substantial, independent, original research project in a specified area of environment and sustainability. The project 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 the student arising from their keen interests and consultations with other networks and academic staff with relevant expertise. 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 50 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.

Students enrol in the Part 1 subject in the first semester and the Part 2 subject in the second semester.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Undertake substantial 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

  • Present research findings in clear, concise and persuasive 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 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


Additional details

A written report and presentation (hurdle requirement) based on the student’s original work and additional assessment tasks as required by supervisor (from list below) to word limit (or equivalent) 20,000 words.

1. A research report weighted at no less than 60% of the final score, to be submitted at the end of semester to be assessed by the two academics of the supervisor’s choice.

2. If final research report is less than 100% of assessment as determined by a supervisor, additional assessment tasks (and suggested weightings) are to be chosen by supervisors from the following list:

  • Detailed research proposal (10-40%);
  • Comprehensive literature review (10-40%);
  • Research diary (hurdle or 5-20%);
  • Lab notes (hurdle or 10-40%);
  • Field notes (hurdle or 10-40%);
  • Presentation (10-20%);
  • Preparation of data, specimens for museum curation and data repositories (hurdle or 10-40%);
  • Short lay article eg opinion piece, article for ‘The Conversation’, brochure for practitioners, service providers and users (Hurdle or 10 – 30%).

Additional assessment tasks to be submitted at dates nominated by supervisors and throughout semester and to be assessed by the supervisor or a person (or persons) of the supervisor’s choice.

Dates & times

  • January
    Principal coordinatorDavid M. Kennedy
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours12 hours of subject based workshops plus regular meetings with supervisor.
    Total time commitment680 hours
    Teaching period 2 January 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date 1 February 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail26 April 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    January contact information

  • July
    Principal coordinatorDavid M. Kennedy
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours12 hours of subject based workshops plus regular meetings with supervisor.
    Total time commitment680 hours
    Teaching period 1 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date24 July 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 October 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    July contact information

Time commitment details

Contact Hours: 20 hours. Total Time Commitment: 680 hours.

Further information

Last updated: 16 August 2019