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 investigation methods relevant to environmental science. Students are given the opportunity to experience these research methods being applied to ‘real world' environmental issues. It is delivered through a mix of on-line and a face-to face sessions, which includes field visits. Module 1 focuses on the establishment of context and the formulation of research questions and hypotheses for testing, and examines potential tools available to test these hypotheses. Working in groups with a mentor, students will be exposed to selected environmental research projects, and will be asked to critique these examples in Module 2. Students have the opportunity to conduct their own environmental research project in Module 3 when they focus on data collection and analysis at a selected site, and will learn how best to communicate their findings. In 2019, the field trip will take place in Albany.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand how research questions and hypotheses are developed and how appropriate methods are selected to test them; (2) evaluate the knowledge base around a selected research question; (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) case study critique; 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
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field trip accommodation and food expenses (estimated cost - $55 per day up to $275).
Contact hours
TBC
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