Geography - Environmental Studies Thesis

Subject GEOG40008 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with the supervisor
Total Time Commitment:

700 hours between the start of semester 1 and thesis submission at the end of semester 2 (around 235 hours for the 25pt subject; 465 for 50pt; and 350 hours for 37.5pt)

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Melbourne School of Land & Environment (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

An approved topic/research project selected in consultation with the supervisor/s. The student will also write a research proposal and give an oral presentation on the proposed research.
The honours program in geography provides an opportunity for students to carry out an individual research project under the supervision of a staff member who is an expert in a related part of the discipline.

Students will be enrolled in a combination of the thesis subjects indicated below to ensure they have completed a total of 75 points for the research project by the end of their course.

Each of these subjects are available in semester one and semester two.

GEOG40002 Geography – Environmental Studies Thesis – 25 points
GEOG40007 Geography – Environmental Studies Thesis – 37.5 points
GEOG40008 Geography – Environmental Studies Thesis – 50 points

Learning Outcomes:

The objectives of this subject are to:
- develop an in-depth appreciation for the research process by carrying out a research project, including the inception of a proposition, planning, analysis, reporting and defending;
- encourage the development of individual investigative skills, critical thought and the ability to evaluate information and to analyse data;
- increase the student's knowledge and understanding of the discipline area; and
- develop the student’s academic research and academic writing skills.


The assessment requirements below are applicable to the entire 75-point research project. A 3,000 word research proposal and a 15-minute research Project Talk (10%) due in the middle of semester 1. A Thesis of a maximum of 20,000 words (80%) due at the end of semester 2. A 15-minute oral presentation (10%) is due towards the end of the second semester of study approximately three weeks before the thesis submission due date.

Prescribed Texts:

Writing Theses: A Manual for Honours and Masters Students. (M Webber), Research Paper No.14, School of Anthropology, Geography & Environmental Studies, The University of Melbourne

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

- To demonstrate advanced communication skills, both written and oral;
- To demonstrate the ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex debates and concepts;
- To be capable of undertaking directed research;
- Thinking critically; and
- Obtaining information to evaluate propositions.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Bachelor of Environments (Honours) Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures
Bachelor of Environments (Honours) Landscape Management
Honours Program - Geography

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