Courses & Units

Professional Research Practice KGA704


This unit provides postgraduate students with the skills and knowledge to undertake policy-based research - 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
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 Doctor Chloe Lucas
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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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

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050900 $2,237.00 $2,237.00 not applicable $6,136.00

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Teaching Pattern

Tuition is comprised of video lectures, practical, skills-development workshops and liaison with staff clients.

AssessmentScoping the review (group task) (15%)|Implementing method (group task) (20%)|Data analysis and presentation (group task) (25%)|Major report (40%)
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