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This subject is part of a sequence of four consecutive subjects for full-time students, and a sequence of five consecutive subjects for part-time students. Together these consecutive Research Project in Ecosystem Science subjects 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.
For full-time students (24 months) completing the research project in four consecutive semester-long subjects, they will first enrol in Research Project in Ecosystem Science Part 1, and then progress through to Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 (EVSC90030).
For part-time students (48 months) completing the research project in five consecutive semester-long subjects, they will also first enrol in Research Project in Ecosystem Science Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, Part 4 (EVSC90038) and Part 5.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- conduct independent research in one or more fields of ecosystem science;
- review and critically assess the scientific literature;
- plan an independent research project;
- formulate and evaluate hypotheses;
- design and conduct laboratory, field and/or social studies as appropriate to the field(s) of the research project;
- analyse and interpret data;
- clearly communicate scientific results in written and oral presentations to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
- 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
Last updated: 31 July 2020