ENS5900 - Research thesis in environment and sustainability - 2019

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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



Chief examiner(s)

Dr Susie Ho


Dr Susie Ho

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


An average grade of 75% across Master core units (ENS5010, ENS5020) and approval from the School/Department where the research will be undertaken.

Preparatory students should complete Part B before taking the unit.


ENS5901, ENS5902, ENS5910, ENS5920, ENS5930 except by special approval from specialisation coordinator.


ENS5900 (24 credit points) provides an opportunity for students to pursue a major academically-oriented piece of research in their chosen discipline during the advanced practice component of the course. A research thesis enables students to consolidate the theoretical knowledge and analytical skills acquired during the Master course in a research context. It requires independent learning and research by the student on a chosen topic related to the core and elective units offered in the specialisation. The unit primarily comprises independent research but includes some scheduled activities to enhance and develop transferable skills for success in research. Students are assessed primarily on the thesis. Students also undertake a reflective task to help develop and present novel perspectives on their research within the broader field of environment and sustainability. This authentic research experience represents a pathway to a PhD.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse, evaluate and integrate academic literature.
  2. Formulate effective research questions.
  3. Conceptualise, design and manage an academic research project.
  4. Conduct independent and ethical research, applying sound principles of study design and appropriate data analysis methods.
  5. Develop an academically sound and logical argument through correctly analysing, interpreting and presenting evidence.
  6. Demonstrate advanced academic writing skills by producing a thesis appropriate for publication in the chosen field.
  7. Articulate the implications and applications of research.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

The minimum expected workload for independent research combined with scheduled activities is 576 hours over the course of one semester.

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