GEOG 7027A - Dissertation EnvPol&Mgt (Applied) (Two-Year) Cont

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

The Major Dissertation Environmental Policy & Management (Applied) Pt 1 & 2 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) T/Y will have two years (four consecutive Semesters) to complete the dissertation and seminar.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 7027A
    Course Dissertation EnvPol&Mgt (Applied) (Two-Year) Cont
    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) Pt 1 & 2 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) T/Y will have two years (four consecutive Semesters) to complete the dissertation and seminar.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jungho Suh

    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

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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

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    Assessment Detail

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    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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