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This subject allows students to conduct an independent, original research project in a specified area of climate science. The project comprises a review of a body of literature, a review and discussion of prior research, development of a research plan, followed by some original research. The specific focus of the research project will be developed through discussion with an academic supervisor on a topic that is aligned with the student and supervisor’s interests, taking into account the necessary and available expertise, data, and facilities. 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 supervisors where students report on progress, difficulties, research plans and research results. The majority of the time will be spent on independent research activities by the student.
Note: Students commencing their Climate Science Research Project in Semester 1 should enrol into the Year Long availability. Students commencing their project in Semester 2 should enrol into the Semester 2 availability.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Undertake original research on topic pertaining to climate science;
- Synthesise existing literature on a topic of interest and devise an appropriate research project that addresses key outstanding questions in the field;
- Plan an appropriate program of data acquisition, analysis or generation (eg, modeling) in order to answer the questions being addressed;
- Analyse and interpret the results of their work, suggesting further avenues for research beyond the scope of their project;
- 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.
- Demonstrate planning and time management skills.
- Undertake research independently.
- Demonstrate a capacity to communicate research findings clearly, comprehensively and persuasively.
Last updated: 26 July 2023