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This subject enables students to conduct an original research topic, under supervision approved by the subject coordinator. The work commitment will be equivalent to lecture and practical based subjects worth 25 points. The content and extent of the project will be determined by a project supervisor in consultation with the student and subject coordinator. Students are strongly encouraged to initiate project ideas within existing networks or to identify a project topic of keen interest, through discussion with subject coordinator, prior to subject commencement. The project represents a capstone subject and comprises a review of a body of relevant literature, together with a critical evaluation of research or experimental protocols, a modest original experiment, or limited exploration of a scientific problem, or an investigation into a problem using an approved methodology. Following an initial workshop to establish subject expectations, deliverables and skill base requirements, projects may involve regular one hour meetings with their supervisor where students report on progress, difficulties and research plans. Other workshops will deliver skill development in oral and written report presentation.
Please note that students should enrol into both the Semester 1 and Semester 2 availabilities of this 12.5 subject to achieve the combined 25 point credit total.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the Research Project students should be able to demonstrate:
- An understanding of the processes and practice of research in forest science, horticultural science or urban ecology;
- The application relevant scientific methods in a research context;
- Appropriate scientific skills and knowledge in research framework;
- Critical and independent thinking;
- An enhanced understanding of applications of the subject area across a wide area;
- Advanced oral and written communication skills; and
- The ability to write clear and concise reports for industry, government agencies and other users of natural resource management information.
On completion of this subject students will have:
- the capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations, and to allow informed dialogue with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community;
- the ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline; and
- the capacity to develop independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research.
Last updated: 31 January 2024