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KGE840

R
ESEARCH PROJECT THES
IS

KGE841

R
ESEARCH PROJECT THES
IS
(
PART
-
TIME
)

U
NIT GUIDE




S
EMESTERS
1

AND
2,

2010

H
OBART
,

ON
-
CAMPUS AND DISTANCE
EDUCATION



U
NIT
C
OORDINATOR

D
R
M
ICHAEL
L
OCKWOOD







CRICOS Provider Code:

00586B


Contact details


Unit coordinator

Dr Michael Lockwood

Campus
and

l
ocation

Hobart Geography
-
Geology Building, Room 426

e
-
mail:

Michael.Lockwood@utas.edu.au

phone:

(03) 6
226 2834

fax:

(03) 6226 2989

Consultation hours:

If you have any problems with any section of the
unit, do not hesitate to contact me by phone or
email. If I happen to be out of my office, please
leave a message on the answering machine and I
will get
back to you as soon as possible.



Contents

Unit summary


1

Learning outcomes


1

Generic graduate attributes


2

Unit schedule
s


3

The thesis


4

Specific attendance/performance requirements


5

Submission of thesis


5

Requests for extensions


6

Penalties


6

Academic referencing


6

Further information and assistance


7

Occupational health and safety


7

Details of Research Proposal


8



Produced by the School of Geography & Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart,
Tasmania, Australia.



1


Unit summary

Unit code
s & titles

KGE
840

Research project thesis

KGE
841

Research project thesis (part
-
time)

Unit description
s

T
h
e
s
e

uni
ts comprise the research component of the Master of
Environmental Managem
ent

and are also an option under the Master
of Environmental Planning
. In total, t
h
is

r
esearch comprises one third
(50% of 150%) of the requirements for the
se

Master
s

degree
s
. T
he
research

is carried out under the guidance of a supervisor. The results
of the research are reported in a minor thesis which is assessed by
two examiners,
at l
east one of whom is from outside the University.

Coordinator

Dr Michael Lockwood

Campus &
modes

Hobart, On
-
campus or Distance Education

Unit weight
s

KGE
840 50%;
KGE
841
25%

in each semester

Teaching pattern

M
eetings with
s
upervisor
s
, seminar presentation

Pre and
Corequisites

At least
2

successfully
completed
coursework
units

which are at 65%
or above

Mutual exclusions

Nil

Assessment

Approx
20
,000 word
thesis




2

Learning outcomes

On completion of these units, you should be able to demonstrate that you have:




identified a suitable research topic;



developed a research
proposal that indicates the context, scope, significance, objectives
and methodology of the work;



accessed, organised, presented and evaluated current knowledge relevant to the
research;



conceptualised problems and where appropriate formulate solutions;



ap
plied methodologies appropriate to the research in relation to specific research
questions or objectives;



adopted and applied data analyses appropriate to the research;



discussed the results of the research in relation to their implications, significance a
nd
limitations;



further developed skills in academic presentation and writing; and



defended the method, outcome and/or interpretation of the work.


Generic graduate attributes

This unit will contribute to developing the following generic attributes.


Knowledge

Graduates will develop an in
-
depth knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge in
practice. In particular, they will have the capacity to:



apply technical and information skills;



understand the limitation of, and have the capacity to evalua
te, their current knowledge;



learn both independently and cooperatively;



learn new skills and apply learning to new situations.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate effectively across a range of contexts. They will have
the capacity t
o:



demonstrate written communication;



present well
-
reasoned arguments;



access, organise and present information.

Problem
-
solving Skills

Graduates will become effective problem
-
solvers, capable of applying logical, critical and
creative thinking to a range
of problems. They will have the capacity to:



identify critical issues in the discipline or professional area;



conceptualise problems and formulate a range of solutions;



work effectively with others;



find, acquire, evaluate, manage and use relevant informat
ion in a range of media.




3

Unit schedules

Unit schedule KGE840 for Thesis undertaken within Semester 1

Date

Tasks

Nov 0
9
-
Jan
10

Make an appointment with
Course Coordinator

to discuss topic
selection and supervisory team

1

February 20
10

Commence research
, ensure enrolled correctly, attend induction

22 February 2010

Submit Masters Plan (for those commencing semester 1)

8

March

2010

Submit Research Proposal
& Budget
(see details given on page
9
)

8

March

2010

Present Research Seminar (introductory)

optional

28

May

20
10

Submit Thesis

After examination

Make any changes as required by the School

Unit schedule KGE840 for Thesis undertaken within Semester 2

Date

Tasks

May 10
-

Jun
10

Make an appointment with
Course Coordinator
to discuss topic
selection and supervisory team

12

July

20
10

Commence research
, ensure enrolled correctly, attend induction

2 August 2010

Submit Masters Plan (for those commencing semester 2)

16

August

2010

Submit Research Proposal
& Budget
(see details given on page
9
)

16 August 2010

Present Research Seminar (introductory)
optional

15

October

2010

Submit Thesis

After examination

Make any changes as required by the School

22 October 2010

Present Research Seminar (concluding)

optional

Unit schedule KGE841

for Thesis

undertaken across Semesters 1 and 2

Date

Tasks

Nov 0
9
-
Jan
10

Make an appointment with
Course Coordinator
to discuss topic
selection and supervisory team

1

February 20
10

Commence research
, ensure enrolled correctly, attend induction

22 February 2010

Submit Masters Plan

8

March

2010

Submit Research Proposal (see details given on page
9
)

8 March 2010

Present Research Seminar (introductory)
optional

16 August 2010

Present Research Seminar (introductory)
optional

15

October

2010

Submit Thesis

After
examination

Make any changes as required by the School

22 October 2010

Present Research Seminar (concluding)

optional

4

The thesis



Thesis


n. a proposition laid down or stated, esp. one to be discussed and proved or to
be maintained against objections. 2. a subject for a composition or essay. 3. a
dissertation, as one presented by a candidate for a diploma or degree, esp. a
postgradu
ate degree …



The aims of a thesis are to:




encourage the candidate to develop the ability to acquire relevant information on a
particular field from the published literature and to synthesize a systematic and logical
review which identifies key issues,
concepts and theory;



provide practical research training through a specialized project to facilitate the design
and conduct of future investigations in the chosen field and related areas;



develop skills in critical analysis of published material and newly
collected information,
identifying significant issues and limitations or shortcomings in the available
information;



develop written skills to a level appropriate for preparation of professional reports and
preparation of a paper suitable for submission to
a refereed journal;



develop oral communication skills to a level appropriate for the delivery of a
presentation at a national conference; and



prepare candidates for undertaking higher degrees by research and professional
working careers.


Assessment of Mas
ters Coursework Theses


By their thesis performance candidates must demonstrate that:




they are familiar with the appropriate literature and are able to reference material
correctly;



they can plan and conduct a research program suited to the research
question or
hypothesis proposed;



their assessment of their own work, and that of others, is critical, perceptive, and
constructive; and



they can communicate well in writing and are able to organize their information and
arguments into an academic thesis.


In addition, candidates should show that they can at least generally recognize, use, and
integrate relevant contributions
from more tha
n

one discipline

for application to the
investigation. Examiners are asked to note, however, that this approach is more o
r less
practical and advisable depending on the topic, and there may be circumstances where a
single
-
disciplinary focus is appropriate for environmental research.


Two examiners normally carry out the examination of the thesis; one may be internal to the
S
chool but may not be the supervisor. The Committee may appoint a third examiner if there is
a discrepancy between the original assessments. Each examiner is asked to assess the
thesis, give a grade out of 100, and write up to a page of relevant constructiv
e comments on
the strengths and weaknesses of the thesis. Examiners will consider the:




Quality of all sections of the work, including abstract, chapters, bibliography and
appendices



Research question, aims and significance



Convincing interpretation of an
appropriate literature



Effectiveness of engagement with theoretical/conceptual material

5



Correct and consistent citation method in text



Description and justification of research methods



Evidence that methods are planned, systematic and comprehensive



Eviden
ce of careful, thorough and accurate conduct of research



Appropriate, logical and defensible data analysis



Quality and consistency of argument



Appropriate indication of limitations and challenges to research



Appropriate indication of new and potential research



Clear prose supported by correct grammar, spelling and punctuation



Correct presentation of figures, tables and plates



Readable and appropriate layout of whole document



Complete and accurate reference li
st


The grades adopted
for your thesis will be
:




less than 50 per cent fail;



50 to 59 per cent pass or equivalent to third class honours;



60 to 69 per cent credit or equivalent to lower second class honours;



70 to 79 per cent distinction or equivale
nt to upper second class honours; and



80 per cent and above high distinction or equivalent to first class honours.


If you wish, you may make corrections to your thesis in response to the examiners’
comments. Note that your grade is determined on the basis

of the thesis that you originally
submitted for examination, even if you subsequently make changes to this version. Note also
that if you choose to make corrections, this may delay the date of your graduation.


Candidates are normally advised of the ident
ity of examiners once the examination process is
complete; however, an examiner may request to remain anonymous. The examiners’ reports
will be made available to the candidate. Examiners should not communicate directly with the
candidate about the thesis
. Examiners are asked to complete their assessment of the thesis
within six weeks, although a quicker assessment would be much appreciated.


The Faculty of Science and Technology policy regarding examination can be found at
http://www.scieng.utas.edu.au/scieng/policies.asp.

Specific attendance/performance requirements

Students are required to undertake all the tasks and present a seminar as indicated in the
Unit Schedule. Failure to complete these requirements without
approval of the unit
coordinator may result in failure of the unit.

Submission of thesis

Printing

You must print three (3) copies of your thesis, this is to be arranged through Uni Print. You
will need to collect an IDR form from Mrs Paulene Harrowby (Adm
inistration Manager) before
taking your thesis to Uni Print, preferably on a memory stick or CD in PDF format. The
document must be in one file only. The IDR form will authorise Uni Print to charge the School
for the cost of printing and binding your the
sis.


Soft b
inding and submission

Three (3) soft (thermal) bound copies of your thesis

must be submitted to
the Graduate
Programs Support Officer (GPSO) in Room 316 for examination in Hobart on the due date.




6

Examination, corrections
, re
-
printing

and fi
nal binding

The Graduate Programs Support Officer (GPSO) will notify you once your thesis has been
examined, at which time you may collect the soft bound copies and written comments by
examiners. You should then make an appointment with your supervisor to

discuss the
examiners comments and
decide if you wan to
make any corrections.


Y
ou will need to print four (4) copies of your thesis, again this is to be arranged (as above)
through Uni Print. Remember to collect an IDR form from Paulene beforehand. Y
our thesis
(4 copies) will need to be hard bound at either Uni Print or another binder of your choice,
discuss this with Paulene.
You must provide evidence of submission of your four
(4)
copies
(to be hard bound) to a book binder before your result will
be released to the

exams office
.
Evidence of submission must be given to the GPSO in Room 316 in Hobart, usually in the
form of a receipt from the book binder
.
Please ask Uni Print to deliver your hard bound copies
to the School. Upon return from the bind
ers, one copy of the hard bound thesis will go the
Morris Miller Library, one to the SGES Resource Centre, one to the Masters supervisor and
one to the Masters candidate.


Note:

Your final result will not be released for graduation purposes until the GPSO
has
evidence that you have submitted your final 4 copies to be hard bound. You may submit your
copies (x4) for hard binding at the same time as submitting your soft bound copies (x3) for
examination if you are concerned about meeting graduation deadlines.

However, you must
be sure to include an annotation stating ‘This thesis is an uncorrected text as submitted for
examination’, as you will not be able to make corrections after examination in this instance.

Requests for extensions

You should make every ef
fort to submit your thesis on the due date. However, due to
circumstances beyond your control, delays may occur. If you have a legitimate personal or
professional reason for not meeting the submission date, you may apply for an extension from
the unit coor
dinator. Documentary evidence of the grounds for the application must be
provided.

An
Application for Extension is available online at

<
http://www.geol.utas
.edu.au/geography/documents/Request%20for%20Extension%20pg.pdf
>.This application (together with supporting documentation) must be approved by your
supervisor and the Honours Coordinator and submitted to the Graduate Programs Support
Officer (Room 316).
IM
PORTANT
: Any approved extension may directly affect your eligibility
to graduate, please contact the Graduate Programs Support Officer for clarification.

Penalties

The standard arrangement for late penalties in the School of Geography and Environmental
S
tudies is that, unless an extension has been approved, late submissions will attract a penalty
of 2 percentage marks per day (including weekends and public holidays). These rules apply
to this unit.

Review of results and appeals

Information about mechanism
s for review of results is available on the Faculty of Science,
Engineering and Technology website (
http://fcms.its.utas.edu.au/scieng/scieng/policies.asp
).
See, particularly: Teaching

& Learning Operational Guide No 6: Requests from Students for
Review of Assessment.

Academic referencing

In your written work you will need to support your ideas by referring to scholarly literature,
works of art and/or inventions. It is important that
you understand how to correctly refer to the
work of others and maintain academic integrity. Failure to appropriately acknowledge the
ideas of others constitutes academic dishonesty (plagiarism), a matter considered by the
University of Tasmania as a serio
us offence.

The appropriate referencing style for this unit is given in:
Presenting material in Geography
and Environmental Studies
, which provides guidance on how to reference, how to write
well, assessment criteria, and how to incorporate illustrations i
nto your work. This guide is
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available from the “Helpful information for staff and current students” section of the School
website:
http://www.geol.utas.edu.au/geography/index.htm

For informat
ion on presentation of assignments, including referencing styles:

http://www.utas.edu.au/library/assist/gpoa/gpoa.html

Please read the following statement on plagiarism. Should you requir
e clarification please see
your unit coordinator or lecturer.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking and using someone else's thoughts, writings or
inventions and representing them as your own; for example, using an author's words withou
t
putting them in quotation marks and citing the source, using an author's ideas without proper
acknowledgment and citation, copying another student's work.

If you have any doubts about how to refer to the work of others in your assignments, please
consult

your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines, and the academic integrity
resources on the web at
http://www.utas.edu.au/tl/supporting/academicintegrity/index.h
tml
.

The intentional copying of someone else’s work as one’s own is a serious offence punishable
by penalties that may range from a fine or deduction/cancellation of marks and, in the most
serious of cases, to exclusion from a unit, a course or the Univer
sity. Details of penalties that
can be imposed are available in the Ordinance of Student Discipline


Part 3 Academic
Misconduct, see
http://www.utas.edu.au/universitycouncil/legislation
/

The University reserves the right to submit assignments to plagiarism detection software,
and might then retain a copy of the assignment on its database for the purpose of future
plagiarism checking.

For further information on this statement and general

referencing guidelines, see
http://www.utas.edu.au/plagiarism/

or follow the link under ‘Policy, Procedures and Feedback’
on the
Current Students

homepage.

Further information and assistance

If you are ex
periencing difficulties with your studies or assignments, have personal or life
planning issues, disability or illness which may affect your course of study, you are advised to
raise these with your unit coordinator degree coordinator in the first instance
.


There is a range of University
-
wide support services available to you including Teaching &
Learning, Student Services, International Services. Please refer to the
Current Students

homepage at
:
http://www.utas.edu.au/students/

Should you require assistance in accessing
the Library visit their website for more information at
http://www.utas.edu.au/librar
y/

Occupational health and safety (OH&S)

The University is committed to providing a safe and secure teaching and learning
environment. In addition to specific requirements of this unit you should refer to the
University’s policy at:
http://www.admin.utas.edu.au/hr/ohs/pol_proc/ohs.pdf

Please note the
following special arrangements within the School of Geography and Environmental Studies:



All students undertaking practical work are required

to complete a medical declaration
form and return it to the School secretary.



All students using any one of the School’s laboratories should access and read the
School’s Laboratory Protocol, which can be accessed under the “Safety and
Wellbeing” heading
on the “Helpful information for staff and current students” section of
the School website:
http://www.geol.utas.edu.au/geography/index.htm

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Details of Research Proposal

Research Proposal

Task

description

In consultation with your supervisory team, develop a specification for your research
that includes:



a title;



the context in which the work will take place;



the potential significance of the work;



objectives and/or research questions or
hypotheses;



methodology; and



budget and timeline.

Task length

1500
-
2000 words

Links to
learning
outcomes

This assignment addresses the learning outcomes related to:



identifying a suitable research topic;



developing a research specification that indicates

the context, scope,
significance, objectives and methodology of the work.

Assessment

The research specification will not be graded, but it is a requirement of the unit to
undertake and complete the specified task.

Date due

See the relevant Unit Schedule

on page
3