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Research Thesis A KGA742



This is one of two 25% thesis units: KGA742 and KGA743. Students will be enrolled by the Course Coordinator in both of these units; in one semester for those undertaking the research full time, or in two consecutive semesters for those undertaking the research part time.

Students enrolling will commence 3 weeks prior to the normal commencement of Semester 1 or Semester 2. The submission date for the thesis will be the last day of the semester in which the candidate is enrolled in KGA743.



Research and project management skills are core professional competencies. Undertaking a thesis as part of your Masters will equip you with the experience needed to undertake research independently or as part of a team, and the skills to design and manage projects utilising available resources and time. It is also essential if you are considering doing a PhD. In this unit, you will begin work on a research project that will span KGA742 Research Thesis A and KGA743 Research Thesis B. With an expert supervisor you will define a problem or hypothesis that will form the basis of your project and develop a project plan that outlines how you will address this in a thesis. This includes developing critical knowledge and skills in methodologies and methods appropriate to your research field, topic and project. These may be quantitative, qualitative and/or spatial. The combination of KGA742 Research Thesis A and KGA743 Research Thesis B comprise one quarter (50% of 200%) of the requirements for the Master of Planning (K7P), Master of Applied Science (Environmental Management and Spatial Science; K7J4) and Master of Protected Area Governance and Management (K7E). The research must address a topic of significance for environmental management/spatial science (K7J4 candidates), planning (K7P candidates) or protected areas (K7E candidates).


Unit name Research Thesis A
Unit code KGA742
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 Kate Booth
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 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
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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

  • Design a research project to address a complex contemporary problem or hypothesis
  • Synthesise complex knowledge to support robust research design decision-making
  • Evaluate appropriate methodologies and methods to enable justification of research design
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050999 $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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