EVST21018 - Environmental Management Research Project A
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is one of two research units which are a one year research project component of the Master of Environmental Management. The completion of the research project will equip students to conduct research in environmental management. Students will negotiate a topic with a supervisor in a specialist area of expertise and interest.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

COND: Course = CU19 and Completed Course CQ93

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment Pass/Fail
2. Written Assessment Pass/Fail
3. Written Assessment Pass/Fail
4. Written Assessment Pass/Fail
5. Written Assessment 100%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. have formed a suitable problem definition for their project
  2. have extracted relevant information from all available sources (including all forms of information technology, library searching, client and colleague expertise, and trade literature) related to the study
  3. have demonstrated the ability to adhere to work schedules
  4. have demonstrated a detailed technical knowledge of the study and proficiency in all technical aspects of the study
  5. have developed the ability to think critically (1)
  6. have demonstrated the ability to communicate effectively by generating progress reports and interim report of study
  7. identify a potential source for publication of at least one research paper (conference or journal standard) to be presented as part of the final dissertation
  8. develop a plan for site visits

Master of Environmental Management course has two research units, viz EVST 21018 and EVST 21019. Both these units deal with the same research project over one year of study-period.

In the first unit (EVST 21018), the students will identify a research topic in consultation with their supervisor. They will conduct literature search, develop research methods and procure required resources to commence the project towards the end of the Term.

During the above process, the students will also submit up to 5 progress reports. These reports will form part of the final mini-thesis which will be produced at the end of year-long study.

The second unit (EVST 21019) will involve conduct of research, collection and analysis of data, write up of mini-thesis and possibly publication of research results.

On satisfactory completion of this research, the students will be able to undertake environmental tasks in a systematic manner with the view to solving local, regional or national environmental issues..

Students will negotiate a research topic in consultation with their supervisor (s) and the unit co-ordinator, in a specialist area of expertise and interest.

On completion of this research project students will be equipped the students to carry out research in environmental science or environmental management, with the view to finding sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment              
2 - Written Assessment          
3 - Written Assessment          
4 - Written Assessment            
5 - Written Assessment            

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Genstat or similar statistical software
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDelma Clifton (d.clifton@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Consider different options and list down possible research topics for research.

Discuss options with your supervisor and the course coordinator.

Select a research project.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Select one project, highlight its importance and discuss the probability of its successful completion.


Week 3 20-03-2017

Literature search

Progress Report 1. Research Project outline Due Monday (20 Mar 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 4 27-03-2017

Literature search


Week 5 03-04-2017

Materials and methods.

Provide as much detail as possible, including site description, materials required to complete the study.

Prepare a Gantt Chart

Progress Report 2 - Annotated Bibliography Due Monday (03 Apr 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Procure the required materials and identify the equipment needed for experimentation.

Week 6 17-04-2017

Set up and become familiar with the instruments to be used in the experimentation.


Week 7 24-04-2017

Carry out a trial run to see if the instruments are operational. Record preliminary observations. Include results of these activities in the progress report.

Progress Report 3 - Materials and Methods Due Monday (24 Apr 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Start practical work: prepare data collection sheets and take some observations.


Week 9 08-05-2017

Practical work

Progress Report 4 - Practical Work Due Monday (08 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Practical work

Week 11 22-05-2017

Refine literature search and revise the time table based on the preliminary experimentation, and in consultation with your supervisor and the course coordinator. Also consider resource availability.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Practical work

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Complete write up of Introduction, Literature review, Materials and methods, and Bibliography using Harvard style.

Update Gantt Chart.

Practical work continued.


Exam Week 12-06-2017
Research Project - Term 1 Report Due Monday (12 Jun 17) 09:00 AM AEST

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Progress Report 1. Research Project outline
Task Description

Write a brief statement about the project you have chosen, the reasons for your decision and the expected research outcomes.

Arrange a teleconference with your supervisors to discuss your project (including the time and the resources needed to satisfactorily complete the project) and record the outcome of this meeting, particularly the action items such as who has to complete what task.

This report should be a maximum of 300 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 3 Monday (20-Mar-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

This submission will be assessed as ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Not Satisfactory’ for writing skills, content, research and referencing.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. have formed a suitable problem definition for their project



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Progress Report 2 - Annotated Bibliography
Task Description

Prepare an annotated bibliography of papers relevant to your chosen research topic. You should identify at least 15 papers and write 50 - 100 words about each.

Each paper must be critically analysed to justify your choice of research topic. This information will be used to prepare a literature review, which will form part of your end of term report and the final thesis.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Monday (03-Apr-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Vacation Week Friday (14-Apr-2017)
The supervisor and the course co-ordinator will provide comments that will help you understand what is expected in literature search.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

This submission will be assessed as ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Not Satisfactory’ for writing skills, content, research and referencing.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Observe Turnitin scores, amend if necessary and resbumit it.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. have extracted relevant information from all available sources (including all forms of information technology, library searching, client and colleague expertise, and trade literature) related to the study

3. have demonstrated the ability to adhere to work schedules

6. have demonstrated the ability to communicate effectively by generating progress reports and interim report of study



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Progress Report 3 - Materials and Methods
Task Description

Provide a detailed description of the methods to be followed, and list the resources required to complete the proposed study.

Prepare a GANTT chart showing various activities and the timings of their implementation.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Monday (24-Apr-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Students will note the comments and amend their forthcoming report in accordance with these comments.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

This submission will be assessed as ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Not Satisfactory’ for writing skills, content, research and referencing.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Watch out for Turnitin score

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. have demonstrated the ability to adhere to work schedules

4. have demonstrated a detailed technical knowledge of the study and proficiency in all technical aspects of the study

5. have developed the ability to think critically (1)



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Progress Report 4 - Practical Work
Task Description

Undertake some practical work; for example, site visit, sample collection or gathering materials needed for the experiment.

Consult with your supervisor or the course coordinator to plan the work to be carried out during the next 4 weeks.

Summarise data in appropriate tables or figures and submit the raw data in an Excel spreadsheet or similar.

Attach a brief report of the work undertaken, consultation with supervisor and plan for completion of the project (max 800 words).

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

This submission will be assessed as ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Not Satisfactory’ for writing skills, content, research and referencing.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

7. identify a potential source for publication of at least one research paper (conference or journal standard) to be presented as part of the final dissertation

8. develop a plan for site visits



5 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Research Project - Term 1 Report
Task Description

Prepare a draft report of the work carried out to date, including general introduction, literature review, materials and methods, Gantt Chart, preliminary results and bibliography.

Attach data sheets (or Excel file) and photographs (in APPENDIX) of the work carried out during the term.

This report will form the basis of your thesis to be submitted in EVST21019. You will add results and discussions, and include updated literature to create your completed thesis.

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Monday (12-Jun-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Incorporate your supervisor/course co-ordinators' corrections
Weighting 100%
Assessment Criteria

The Term 1 report will be assessed on the basis of timely submissions, demonstrated interaction with the supervisors and/or course coordinator, and the quality of the report as judged by the guidelines described in the Moodle site. The report will be assessed using the full range of grades.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

7. identify a potential source for publication of at least one research paper (conference or journal standard) to be presented as part of the final dissertation

8. develop a plan for site visits




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