ENV BIOL 7310 - Sustainability: Research Methods
North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code ENV BIOL 7310 Course Sustainability: Research Methods Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Summer Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact By supervision Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites Completion of 21 units in MSustain or MSustain(Adv) Restrictions Available to MSustain & MSustain(Adv) students only Course Description The course will enable students to explore research methodologies towards a research project under the direction of a University of Adelaide supervisor with a government or industry partner where appropriate. The project will focus on areas of research spanning governance, technology and innovation, social responsibility, science and the environment and/or economic relevant to sustainability.
Course Coordinator: Ms Jenny Reiners
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Course Learning OutcomesA successful student in this should be able to:
1 Demonstrate knowledge of content and/or techniques relevant to sustainability spanning governance, technology and innovation, social responsibility, science and the environment and/or economics 2 Demonstrate an understanding of a specific area of study at an advanced level of international relevance. 3 Locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner 4 Demonstrate sound verbal and written communication skills 5 Apply effective, creative and innovative solutions to current and future problems 6 Show a commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community
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)
1,2,5 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
3,5 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
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
1,2,5,6 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
2,6 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
Required ResourcesNo specific text book is required for this course. Students will be expected to access literature and databases relevant to their reseach project.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents will explore research methodologies towards a research project under the direction of a University of Adelaide supervisor with a government or industry partner where appropriate.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend 12 hours per week on their studies.
Learning Activities SummaryThe research component provides students with the opportunity to explore a topic of interest within the scope of their Masters program spanning governance, technology and innovation, social responsibility and/or science and the environment.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Research proposal Formative & Summative Project scope due week 4
Final proposal due last week of semester
40% 1-6 Literature review Formative & Summative Last week of semester 60% 1-6
Assessment DetailResearch proposal
Students need to consult with their supervisor(s) in refining the original idea into a research plan. Projects should provide scope for critical enquiry and original thought within the construct of the program. Students should prepare a concept proposal within four weeks of commencement as a basis for discussion with the supervisor. The plan should include title, aims and significance, methodology, project requirements, and a timetable for completion. A finalised version of the research proposal (1000-2000 words) should be submitted by the last week of semester.
Once the concept proposal has been agreed students are required to undertake a literature survey relevant to the research topic.
The literature review should be presented as a written report (4500-5000 words) by the last week of semester.
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an
assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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