GEOG 5550A - Dissertation Env Pol & Mgt (Applied) F/T Part 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 5550A Course Dissertation Env Pol & Mgt (Applied) F/T Part 1 Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Prerequisites 24 units in the MEnvPolicy&Policy(App) Restrictions Available to MEnvPolicy&Policy(App) students only Course Description The Major Dissertation Environmental Policy & Management (Applied) F/T involves the undertaking of a full-year (semester 1 and 2) research project and the submission by the due date of a dissertation on the project of approximately 20-24000 words, with an accompanying seminar. The Dissertation Environmental Policy & Management (Applied) P/T will have two years (four semesters) to complete the dissertation and seminar.
Students are asked to nominate the topic area for their research project and to identify potential dissertation supervisors. Students may consult anyone who has expertise or information relevant to their research projects, but there is no provision for external supervision at the Masters level. The exact topic for the research project is normally decided through consultation between the student and the dissertation supervisor, but is subject to approval by the Masters Co-ordinator. A suitable member of staff, with whom the student should meet regularly, supervises the dissertation.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesUpon completing this course students will:
1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the different steps in research
2. Critically reflect on and interrogate literature in thier field
3. Demonstrate capacity to undertake research at post graduate level
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 2, 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 3 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 3
Required ResourcesThere are no prescribed texts for this course
Recommended ResourcesStudents will receive advice on supporting texts that wil be useful to their disseration by the dissertation coordinator and/or other staff as relevant and needed for completion of thier particular topic of research.
Online LearningThere are no set online activitite for this course though students wil be given many sites that are online (ie referencing sites, research technique toolkits etc) to support their research.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is designed to encourage students to undertake active independent learning by research. They will be provided with a number of learning resources via online, face to face interaction with their supervisor and a number of workshops designed to build skills in doing research.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This course requires students to undertake a substantial portion via independent learning and research.
They are also required to attend a number of workshops and have regular meetings with their coordinator who will offer supervisory one on one advice on their search.
Thus it is anticipated students will spend:
1 hours a fortnight @ 14 weeks meeting the coordinator: 7 hours
8 hours a week @ 14 weeks reading and doing research: 112 hours
2 hours a week @ 12 weeks completing formative assessments: 24 hours
Attendance at 3 workshops @ 2 hours each: 6 hours
4 hours verbal preparation and presentation: 4 hours
Total: 153 hours
Learning Activities SummaryAs this is a research course, there is not a weekly timetable of activities.
However, there are a series of workshops that students must attend. These workshops will be held at fortnightly intervals during the semester.
Students will undertake the following activities:
Regular meetings with supervisor: Ongoing throughout term
Workshop 1: Induction: Doing dissertation research
Workshop 2: How to write a literature review
Workshop 3: Writing workshop
Workshop 4: Verbals
Specific Course RequirementsNone
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Assessment SummaryAssignment 1: Completion of literature review: Formative
Assignment 2: Full draft of Masters dissertation: Formative
Assignment 3: Verbal presentation of dissertation topic: Formative
Assignment 4: Dissertation (10 or 20 thousand words depending on units): 100%
Assessment DetailAssignment 1: Completion of literature review
Students will be required to present a full copy of their literature review – on the Masters topic they have chosen, to the coordinator for feedback
Assignment 2: Full draft of Masters dissertation
Students will be required to present a full copy of their Masters dissertation, to the coordinator for feedback
Assignment 3: Verbal presentation of dissertation topic
Students will present a 15 minute verbal summary of their dissertation to their peers and other staff for feedback
Assignment 4: Dissertation (10 or 20 thousand words depending on units)
Students will present a full revised copy of their dissertation to the Course coordinator for assessment.
SubmissionSubmission dates are given to students at the start of each Semester
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