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EV5007 - Introduction to Research

[Not offered in 2012]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Available to students only with permission of the program co-ordinator.

Aimed at students about to attempt their first research program. The subject introduces fundamental ideas required to understand how scientific progress is made and to recognise good science.

Learning Outcomes

  • have a broad understanding of the variety of approaches to the acquisition of knowledge through research;
  • be aware of the diversity of research methodology in contemporary environmental studies and geography and understand the limitations of each approach;
  • be able to derive meaningful research questions that are underpinned by a strong theoretical framework of a given disciplinary area;
  • Be able to decide on an appropriate research methodology for their chosen topic of study;
  • Be able to understand the inter-relationship that exists between research and management. Appreciate ethical issues in research and management. Gain proficiency in communicating their research to a range of audiences.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.