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.
|Unit name||Professional Research Practice|
|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|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- 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|
- 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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4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
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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
Tuition is comprised of watching a weekly video lecture and participating in practical, skills-development workshops.
|Assessment||Major report (40%)|Problem definition (20%)|Methods for systematic review (20%)|Data collection and analysis (20%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be available in MyLO.
Recommended readings will be available in MyLO.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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