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Research Project in Ecosystem Sci Part 1 (EVSC90027)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEVSC90027
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is part of a sequence of four (A to D) taken in successive semesters that together constitute the 125-point research project offered through the MSc Ecosystem Science. This project provides students with the opportunity to design and conduct independent research in one or more disciplines within the broad field of ecosystem science. Students will also develop skills in critically evaluating new knowledge within one or more scientific paradigms. Specific research projects will depend upon the availability of appropriate expertise, but may address questions in conservation biology, ecology, ecophysiology, environmental psychology, environmental and landscape management, forest science, genetics, horticulture, hydrology and/or soil science. Students will take responsibility for their own research project, including the design and management of field and/or laboratory experiments, where appropriate; collection, analysis and interpretation of data; and communication of research findings through oral and written presentations.

The project will be taken over four consecutive semesters and will begin on the Monday of semester of entry (semesters 1 or 2) and continue for up to 88 weeks until the end of the fourth semester, minus recreation leave of between 4 and 8 weeks (22 weeks per semester over the four semesters).

For how long and at what time within the enrolment the actual period of leave is to be taken needs to be negotiated with a student’s supervisor.

The Research Project will be due for submission by the end of the formal examination period of the fourth semester of enrolment if an earlier date is not specified.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

• review and critically assess the scientific literature;

• plan an independent research project;

• formulate and evaluate hypotheses;

• clearly communicate scientific results in written and oral presentations to both specialist and non-specialist audiences

Generic skills

  • The ability to manage time and projects
  • The ability to think independently and exercise high-level problem solving skills;
  • The ability to exercise critical judgement and operate in both a team environment and/or with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability
  • The ability to interact in a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research environment

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


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

The entire research project for the Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) consists of 125 points with assessments distributed over 4 semesters. Assessments in Ecosystem Science Research Project A contribute 15% to the final mark for the research project.

One 4,000 word research proposal/literature review. This could be in the form of a grant application with an extended (3,000 word) background section, or a more traditional literature review, due at the end of semester (100% and 15% of final mark).

Dates & times

  • March
    Principal coordinatorStephen Livesley
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursThis subject is an individual research project and weekly contact hours will vary depending on the nature of the project.
    Total time commitment340 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 30 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date27 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail17 May 2019
    Assessment period ends30 June 2019

    March contact information

  • July
    Principal coordinatorStephen Livesley
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursThis subject is an individual research project and weekly contact hours will vary depending on the nature of the project.
    Total time commitment340 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 24 December 2019
    Last self-enrol date27 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 1 November 2019
    Assessment period ends24 December 2019

    July contact information

Time commitment details

340 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

Last updated: 16 August 2019