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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Tim Denham and colleagues


Previously coded GES3270


This unit trains students in basic research skills in geography and environmental science. The unit is of relevance to both applied and academic careers. After an overview of research philosophies and good research design, students select a stream of research methods relevant to their interest. These include social surveys and interviews; physical geography fieldwork; and indigenous archaeology. In addition to practical based assessment, students develop and execute a mini-research project of their own choice.


By the end of the unit, students will:

  1. Have an ability to choose the most appropriate methods for addressing particular research questions and data sets;
  2. Have an understanding of several research methodologies in geography and environmental science;
  3. Have direct experience of the processes of individual, independent research and data collection;
  4. An understanding of some of the ethical issues involved in research;
  5. A capacity to produce high quality research reports that clearly present objectives, describe methods, and draw sound conclusions from the research outcomes.


Project proposal (1000 words): 20%
Research report (3000 words): 40%
Project presentation: 20%
Exam(1 hour): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Tim Denham

Contact hours

3 hour block consisting of a one hour lecture, plus 2 hour workshop.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Geography and environmental science (ARTS)
Geographical science


24 points of GES, of which at least 12 must be at Level 2 or higher. The level 2 units must have been passed with at least an 80% average (HD average).