Environmental Studies

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Sessions have changed for the following unit. S2CIAU Intensive August session is closed. A new S2CISE Intensive September session has been opened.

ENVI4101 Advanced Research in Environmental Studies

18/06/2020
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Sessions have changed for the following unit. S2CIAU Intensive August session has closed and a new S2CISE Intensive September session has opened:

SCIE4003 Ethics in Science

19/06/2020

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (HONOURS)

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) (Environmental Studies) requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 6 credit points of 4000-level Honours coursework core units, and
(ii) 6 credit points of 4000-level Honours coursework selective units, and
(iii) 36 credit points of 4000-level Honours research project units

Honours Coursework Core

ENVI4101 Advanced Research in Environmental Studies

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jeffrey Neilson Session: Intensive August,Intensive March Classes: lecture/seminar for 9 hours over three weeks, 2 day retreat, 10 hours journal club/reading exercise Assumed knowledge: Have a broad understanding of fundamental concepts in natural and social sciences, and how these apply to practice, policies and institutions relevant to environment issues; be able to collate, synthesise and critically evaluate information in environmental studies from relevant sources. Assessment: major essay 4,000 words (40%), group presentation (20%), literature review 1, 500 words (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
Environmental Studies is a multi-disciplinary field of research interested in the co-production of the environment by humans and the natural world. In this unit of study you will gain deep insight into the major pathways that guide research in this field. In the first section of this unit, you will engage in active debate with teaching staff and fellow students about key ideas, and methodologies in environmental studies, and how they influence the ways in which environmental research is positioned within society. This will extend the knowledge you have gained from your previous undergraduate studies in this area. In the second section of the unit, you will participate in a reading club with fellow students to systematically review core research contributions in this field. This will provide the breadth of knowledge that will enable you to undertake advanced, original research in this complex, inter-disciplinary area.

Honours Coursework Selective

SCIE4001 Science Communication

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alice E Motion Session: Semester 1 Classes: lecture 2-3 hrs/week, workshops 1-2hrs/week Prerequisites: 144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000- or 4000-level and 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level units from Science Table A. Assumed knowledge: Completion of a major in a science discipline. Basic knowledge of other sciences is beneficial. Experience in communication such as delivering oral presentations and producing written reports. An awareness of science in a societal context, e.g., of disciplinary applications. Assessment: seminar/workshop attendance and completion of 'course notebook' (10%; individual), written article communicating science topic to specific audience (25%; individual), illustrating science (sound/figure/animation/diagram etc; 15%), 3 minute presentation of science topic to specific audience (25%; individual), group report (25%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Mid-year honours students would take this unit of study in S1 (their second semester of study).
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough". This quote is widely attributed to Albert Einstein, but regardless of its provenance, it suggests that one measure of an expert's knowledge can be found in their ability to translate complex ideas so that they are accessible to anyone. The communication of science to the public is essential for science and society. In order to increase public understanding and appreciation of science, researchers must be able to explain their results, and the wider context of their research, to non-experts. This unit will explore some theoretical foundations of science communications, identify outstanding practitioners and empower students to produce effective science communication in different media. In this unit you will learn the necessary skills and techniques to tell engaging and informative science stories in order to bring complex ideas to life, for non-expert audiences. By undertaking this unit you will develop a greater understanding of the wider context of your honours unit, advance your communication skills and be able to explain your honours research to non-expert audiences such as friends, family or future employers. These transferable skills will equip you for future research - where emphasis is increasingly placed on public communication and/or outreach - or professional pathways - where effective communication of complex ideas is highly valued.
SCIE4003 Ethics in Science

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Hans Pols Session: Intensive August,Intensive March Classes: part a: lecture/seminars 4hr/week for 3 weeks, in which all students participate, followed by two modules, part b (human ethics) and part c (animal ethics), from which students select one; each module comprises 8 hours of workshops over 1-2 weeks Prerequisites: 144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000- or 4000-level and 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level units from Science Table A Prohibitions: HSBH3004 or HPSC3107 Assumed knowledge: Successful completion of a Science major. Assessment: essay (40%), presentation (20%), final exam (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
In the contemporary world, a wide variety of ethical concerns impinge upon the practice of scientific research. In this unit you will learn how to identify potential ethical issues within science, acquire the tools necessary to analyse them, and develop the ability to articulate ethically sound insights about how to resolve them. In the first portion of the unit, you will be familiarised with how significant developments in post-World War II science motivated sustained ethical debate among scientists and in society. In the second portion of the unit, you will select from either a Human Ethics module or an Animal Ethics module and learn the requirements of how to ensure your research complies with appropriate national legislation and codes of conduct. By undertaking this unit you will develop the ability to conduct scientific research in an ethically justifiable way, place scientific developments and their application in a broader social context, and analyse the social implications and ethical issues that may potentially arise in the course of developing scientific knowledge.

Honours Core Research Project

ENVI4103 Environmental Studies Honours Project A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Jeffrey Neilson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Assessment: thesis (100%) Practical field work: Honours in Environmental Studies typically involves practical fieldwork. Arrangements will differ between students and be tailored to the specific requirements of research topics. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Independent research can be a life changing experience. In this unit you will complete a research project in the discipline of Environmental Studies. Together with your supervisor, you will identify a novel research question and develop a hypothesis. You will then design and carry out experiments to test your hypothesis. In terms of assessment, you will communicate the research plan and findings through written tasks and oral presentations culminating in a 20, 000 word honours thesis. Successful completion of your Honours will clearly demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for either undertaking a PhD or any variety of future careers.
ENVI4104 Environmental Studies Honours Project B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Jeffrey Neilson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Corequisites: ENVI4103 Assessment: thesis (100%) Practical field work: Honours in Environmental Studies typically involves practical fieldwork. Arrangements will differ between students and be tailored to the specific requirements of research topics. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Independent research can be a life changing experience. In this unit you will complete a research project in the discipline of Environmental Studies. Together with your supervisor, you will identify a novel research question and develop a hypothesis. You will then design and carry out experiments to test your hypothesis. In terms of assessment, you will communicate the research plan and findings through written tasks and oral presentations culminating in a 20, 000 word honours thesis. Successful completion of your Honours will clearly demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for either undertaking a PhD or any variety of future careers.
ENVI4105 Environmental Studies Honours Project C

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Jeffrey Neilson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Corequisites: ENVI4104 Assessment: thesis (100%) Practical field work: Honours in Environmental Studies typically involves practical fieldwork. Arrangements will differ between students and be tailored to the specific requirements of research topics. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Independent research can be a life changing experience. In this unit you will complete a research project in the discipline of Environmental Studies. Together with your supervisor, you will identify a novel research question and develop a hypothesis. You will then design and carry out experiments to test your hypothesis. In terms of assessment, you will communicate the research plan and findings through written tasks and oral presentations culminating in a 20, 000 word honours thesis. Successful completion of your Honours will clearly demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for either undertaking a PhD or any variety of future careers.
ENVI4106 Environmental Studies Honours Project D

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Jeffrey Neilson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Corequisites: ENVI4105 Assessment: thesis (100%) Practical field work: Honours in Environmental Studies typically involves practical fieldwork. Arrangements will differ between students and be tailored to the specific requirements of research topics. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Independent research can be a life changing experience. In this unit you will complete a research project in the discipline of Environmental Studies. Together with your supervisor, you will identify a novel research question and develop a hypothesis. You will then design and carry out experiments to test your hypothesis. In terms of assessment, you will communicate the research plan and findings through written tasks and oral presentations culminating in a 20, 000 word honours thesis. Successful completion of your Honours will clearly demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for either undertaking a PhD or any variety of future careers.
ENVI4107 Environmental Studies Honours Project E

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Jeffrey Neilson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Corequisites: ENVI4106 Assessment: thesis (100%) Practical field work: Honours in Environmental Studies typically involves practical fieldwork. Arrangements will differ between students and be tailored to the specific requirements of research topics. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Independent research can be a life changing experience. In this unit you will complete a research project in the discipline of Environmental Studies. Together with your supervisor, you will identify a novel research question and develop a hypothesis. You will then design and carry out experiments to test your hypothesis. In terms of assessment, you will communicate the research plan and findings through written tasks and oral presentations culminating in a 20, 000 word honours thesis. Successful completion of your Honours will clearly demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for either undertaking a PhD or any variety of future careers.
ENVI4108 Environmental Studies Honours Project F

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Jeffrey Neilson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Corequisites: ENVI4107 Assessment: thesis (100%) Practical field work: Honours in Environmental Studies typically involves practical fieldwork. Arrangements will differ between students and be tailored to the specific requirements of research topics. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Independent research can be a life changing experience. In this unit you will complete a research project in the discipline of Environmental Studies. Together with your supervisor, you will identify a novel research question and develop a hypothesis. You will then design and carry out experiments to test your hypothesis. In terms of assessment, you will communicate the research plan and findings through written tasks and oral presentations culminating in a 20, 000 word honours thesis. Successful completion of your Honours will clearly demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for either undertaking a PhD or any variety of future careers.