ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit introduces students to the principles of environmental research, and provides students exposure to the diversity of investigtion methods relevant to environmental science. Students are given the opportunity to experience these research methods being applied to a ‘real world' environmental issue. It is delivered through a mix of on-line modules and a face-to-face practical module, which includes field visits. Module 1 focuses on the establishment of context and the formulation of research questions and hypotheses for testing. Module 2 takes students through the process of conducting a systematic literature review. In Module 3 students will develop a research plan that will describe the specific approaches they will use to test their question(s) or hypotheses. Students have the opportunity to implement their plans in Module 5 when they focus on data collection and analysis at a selected site, and will learn how best to communicate their findings in Module 6.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop research questions and hypotheses and choose appropriate methods to research them; (2) evaluate appropriate sources; (3) demonstrate appropriate environmental data collection methods in the field; (4) demonstrate knowledge of the risks associated with undertaking environmental research, and how to minimise these risks; (5) analyse and map environmental data using appropriate statistical and GIS approaches; and (6) communicate the findings of environmental research studies in appropriate written form.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) literature review; (2) research project plan; and (3) scientific report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Barbara Cook
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
and
completion of 24 points
or
24 points credit.
Co-requisites:
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Contact hours
TBC
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