Land and Environment Research Project

Subject AGRI40003 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is an individual research project and weekly contact hours will vary depending on the nature of the project.
Total Time Commitment:

Students should discuss total time commitment with their supervisor but as a guide, a student would be expected to be engaged in their research for an average of thirty hours per week over two semesters.


Admission into Bachelor of Science (Honours) BH-SCI; Bachelor of Agriculture (Honours) 629-DO; Bachelor of Agriculture (Honours) 629-AA.

It is a requirement that students have an approved project and supervisor prior to enrolling into this subject. The Application for Admission-Honours form can be found at Further information can be obtained from the Student Centre.

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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Paul Taylor


Subject Overview:

This research honours project develops a student's ability to design and undertake a substantial body of work, to find solutions to a particular industry or discipline issue, and to report on this in written and verbal form. The project topic is developed in close collaboration between student, academic and industry advisers. Project definition is completed shortly after commencement of the semester of enrolment in the subject, and requires approval from the subject coordinator based on input from academic and industry advisors, taking into account the student's preparation through previous selection of elective or stream subjects.

Logistic assistance for projects is coordinated on a case-by-case basis.

Each student prepares a short oral presentation on their project proposal, which is peer-reviewed, as well as a written proposal (5-8 pages) to be assessed by academic and industry advisers. A more detailed oral presentation is presented on the final results of the project to an audience of FVAS and industry staff.
Students will be enrolled in a combination of the research project 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 is available in semester one and semester two.

- AGRI40001 Land and Environment Research Project – 25 points
- AGRI40002 Land and Environment Research Project – 37.5 points
- AGRI40003 Land and Environment Research Project – 50 points

Learning Outcomes:

The objectives of this subject are to:
• develop an in-depth appreciation for the research process;
• develop individual investigative skills, critical thought and the ability to evaluate information and to analyse data;
• increase knowledge and understanding of the discipline area;
• develop academic research and academic writing skills.


The assessment requirements below are applicable to the entire 75 point Research project:
A Thesis of a maximum of 15,000 words (75%) due at the end of the second semester.
A 1,000 word research proposal and a 15 minute research Project talk (10%) due in the middle of the first semester of enrolment.
A 25 minute oral presentation (15%) due near the end of the second semester of enrolment.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

The subject will enhance the following generic skills:
• Critical thinking and analysis
• Ability to seek out, retrieve and evaluate information from multiple sources
• Ability to explain complex concepts in written and oral form
• Time management skills
• Appreciation and implementation of the ethics associated with knowledge creation and usage
• Report writing skills
• Ability to manage large data sets

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Agriculture (Degree with Honours)
Bachelor of Agriculture (Degree with Honours)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Honours Program - Agricultural Science
Honours Program - Animal Science and Management
Honours Program - Food Science
Honours Program - Forest Science

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