GEOG 5501A - Dissertation Environmental Policy&Management P/T 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

Dissertation on an Environmental Policy and Management topic approved by the Convenor of the Environmental Policy and Management program.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 5501A
    Course Dissertation Environmental Policy&Management P/T 1
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to MEnvPolicy&Mgt students only
    Course Description Dissertation on an Environmental Policy and Management topic approved by the Convenor of the Environmental Policy and Management program.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Yan Tan

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Write a research proposal
    2 Demonstrate understanding of the research process from initiation to completion
    3 Critically reflect upon their own and others' writing
    4 Demonstrate capacity to write a sustained piece of work summing up the research process
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4,
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3, 4,
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 2, 3, 4,
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4,
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2, 3, 4,
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 3, 4,
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The teaching and learning mode for this course will be delivered via 4 workshops which you must attend during your candidature. Each student must also arrange a time to see the course coordinator on a regular basis to discuss the progress of their research. These times are to be negotiated individually between each student and the coordinator.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Please note: this is part one of the course and the workload below is reflective of 6 units of study.
    3 hours contact per week 36 hours per semester
    7 hours reading per week 84 hours per semester
    8 hours research per week 96 hours per semester
    8 hours writing per week 96 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    2-hour workshops and regular meetings with the course coordinator.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Please note: this is part one of the course; the assessment is continual and will be finalised at the end of part 2 - GEOG 5501B.
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Research proposal Formative 0% 1-4
    Literature review Formative 0% 1-4
    Dissertation draft Formative 0% 1-4
    Dissertation Formative and Summative 100% 1-4
    Assessment Detail
    Please note the course coordinator will assist with preparation of all three formative tasks, and liaise on a weekly basis.  Note the course coordinator will only read – in detail - one full draft of the dissertation so it is a good idea to make sure the draft sent for full review is your best attempt. You can then revise/amend prior to submission. Any additional review will be at the course coordinator's discretion.
    Students must submit three soft bound copies to the School of Social Sciences Office and must also email an electronic copy to the course coordinator with a Turnitin report attached.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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