Students will undertake a major independent research project, and two advanced coursework subjects: one on research methods, and an elective subject of relevance to the topic of their research project. The research project is designed to extend students’ knowledge and skills in solving problems in ecosystem science. After successfully completing the program, students will be prepared to either enter the workforce pursuing a career in ecosystem science or related environmental management industries; or pursue further research study through Masters or Doctor of philosophy degrees.
In addition to satisfying the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) entry requirements, students are required to have completed stream specific prerequisites. Details of stream specific prerequisites can be found at the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) entry and participation requirements page.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete the Ecosystem Science Honours Program should have acquired:
- Advanced scientific knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills, and have applied these capacities to address a research question in one of the discipline areas represented in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, including conservation biology, ecology, ecophysiology, environmental psychology, environmental and landscape management, forest science, genetics, horticulture, hydrology and soil science;
- Skills in articulating methods relevant to the discipline, including the capacity to contest and test current disciplinary knowledge through scientific enquiry;
- Skills to acquire, manage, analyse, and critically interpret scientific data;
- An ability to design and conduct a research project including problem-solving and critical interpretation of data;
- An awareness and application of the principles of ethical scientific practice;
- Skills in planning and delivery of scientific study both independently and collaboratively;
- The capacity for the exchange, acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge and practice;
- The capacity to explain the place of their research in the context of the relevant international scope of scientific knowledge, and to explain the role of their research in addressing real-world, practical challenges.
Last updated: 12 November 2021