Courses & Units

Professional Research Practice KGA704

Hobart

Introduction

This unit provides postgraduate students with the skills and knowledge to undertake policy-based research as a key transferable employability skill. Practical skills development focuses on undertaking research to inform evidence-based policy positions for a topical real-world issue. Upon completing this unit, you will gain an understanding of how to: define a research problem, use research databases, apply a tailored method to generate policy-relevant data, systematically analyse and present this data, interpret and communicate results, and make evidence-based policy recommendations based on research findings.

This unit is one of two capstone offerings in the professional stream of the Master of Environmental Geospatial Science [P7B], Master of Planning [K7P], and Master of Protected Area Governance (K7E), taken in place of KGA742/3 Research Thesis A/B in the research stream. Students specialising in environmental management, planning, protected area governance, and spatial sciences will find the unit complementary and enriching to their core training.

Summary

Unit name Professional Research Practice
Unit code KGA704
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Professor Jason Byrne
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify a research problem to inform a discipline-specific systematic review
  • Formulate research questions to guide discipline-specific enquiries
  • Analyse data collected using a systematic literature review to answer research questions
  • Interpret research findings derived from a systematic literature review
  • Construct policy recommendations informed by systematic appraisals of discipline specific knowledge
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050900 $2,005.00 $2,005.00 not applicable $5,566.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Requisites

Prerequisites

(KGA511 - Critical Planning: Theory, Process and Applications OR KGA512 - Statutory Land Use Planning OR KGA516 - Ecosystem Conservation OR KGA517 - Protected Area Planning and Management Systems OR KGA522 - Climate Change: Economy, Politics and Planning

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

Tuition is comprised of watching a weekly video lecture and participating in practical, skills-development workshops.

AssessmentMajor report (40%)|Problem definition (20%)|Methods for systematic review (20%)|Data collection and analysis (20%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be available in MyLO.

Recommended

Recommended readings will be available in MyLO.

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