GEOG 5550A - Dissertation Env Pol & Mgt (Applied) F/T Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Bonham

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon 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 
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no prescribed texts for this course
    Recommended Resources
    Students 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 Learning
    There 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 Modes
    This 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.
    Workload

    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 Summary
    As 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 Requirements
    None
  • Assessment

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    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
    Task: Production of a dissertation which shows evidence of (i) A Literature review, (Method chpater, (ii) Results chapters, (iv) Discussion

    Weighting: 100%

    Learning outcomes tested: 1, 2. 3
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 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.
     
    Submission
    Submission dates are given to students at the start of each Semester
    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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