GEOG 7026B - Dissertation Env Pol & Mgt (Applied) Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

The Major Dissertation Environmental Policy & Management (Applied) involves the undertaking of a full-year (consecutive Semesters eg 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) T/Y will have two years (four consecutive Semesters) to complete the dissertation and seminar.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 7026B
    Course Dissertation Env Pol & Mgt (Applied) Part 2
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 24
    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) involves the undertaking of a full-year (consecutive Semesters eg 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) T/Y will have two years (four consecutive Semesters) to complete the dissertation and seminar.
    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

    On successful completion of this program students will be able to:

    1.      Write a research proposal;

    2.      Demonstrate understanding of the research process from initiation to completion;

    3.      Explain the theoretical/analytical framework which informs your research question(s) and research methods; and

    4.      Demonstrate the capacity to gather and analyse relevant data, and write a dissertation 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 Resources
    Required Resources

    There are no set texts for this course. However, students would benefit from accessing some key texts on research methods. Some of these include: 

    ·      Bryman, A. 2016. Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    ·      Cresswell J. 2014. Mixed Methods Research. Sage.
    ·      Denzin N, Lincoln Y. 2017. Handbook of Qualitative Research. Sage.
    ·      Neuman, WL. 2014. Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Harlow, Essex: Pearson.
    Paton JM. 2015. Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods. Sage
    Online Learning

    MyUni/Canvas is a critical learning tool and means of communication and knowledge exchange in this course. The Canvas/MyUni website for the course provides you with access to the following features to help manage your study:

    ·      Announcements;

    ·      PowerPoint slides of Workshops where relevant;

    ·       Course Readings regarding methods;

    ·      Course Guide;

    ·      Discussion Board; and
    ·      Any additional materials.

    You are advised to regularly visit the MyUni/Canvas website for the course to receive course announcements and reminders and to submit
    their dissertation and relevant work.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will be delivered via:

    (1)           5 workshops which you are highly encouraged to attend during your candidature.
    (2)           Each student must arrange a time to see the Coordinator on a regular basis to discuss the progress of his/her research.

    (3)           Regular meetings with the Course Coordinator (minimum of 4) to discuss the progress of your dissertation are on an individual basis.


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

    It is expected that each student will coordinate their learning activities on a weekly basis.


    Students are expected to invest a minimum of 8-16 hours a week (full time). This will include attendance at workshops, reading, research, and writing up.

    Learning Activities Summary

    Workshop 1: Research planning; Proposal


    Workshop 2: Literature survey; Literature review; Research methods and discussions


    Workshop 3: Thesis writing 


    Workshop 4: Thesis writing discussion & feedback


    Workshop 5: Thesis writing feedback

    Specific Course Requirements
  • 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

    Your final dissertation will be assessed.

    Please note the Coordinator will assist with the preparation of, and provide comments on, several formative tasks, and liaise with you on a weekly (if necessary) basis. However, the Coordinator will only read – in detail – one full draft of the thesis. It is a good idea to make sure the draft you submit to MyUni for full review is your best attempt. You can then revise it prior to the submission of your final dissertation for assessment. Any additional review will be at the Coordinator’s discretion.

    In order to pass the course, it is necessary that students attend all the workshops and submit a dissertation. 

    The notional word limit is set at 22,000–25,000 words for a 24-unit dissertation.

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    Students must submit electronically via MyUni/Canvas. To check for plagiarism we use TURNITIN.

    Course Grading

    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

    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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