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Course summary

The Bachelor of Science with Honours is a challenging and rewarding year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) directed study, which is offered to those students who demonstrate a meritorious performance in their undergraduate studies.

The honours degree may be a completion point for those students who are seeking an opportunity to focus on an area of environmental, marine or forest science management and improve their employment prospects. Alternatively, honours may provide a pathway into postgraduate studies.

Studying honours involves a close working relationship, and mutual responsibilities, between supervisor and student. Students are introduced to research methodology under the close supervision of a member of staff with expertise in the chosen area of study.

In the research component, students can apply their knowledge and technical abilities in a supervised research project and develop skills in data acquisition, design experimentation, problem solving and critical thinking, project implementation, risk assessment and ethical approval process applications, and communicating research outcomes to various audiences.

Interested applicants need to contact the University to discuss their eligibility and to find a suitable honours supervisor for their proposed honours topic, prior to lodging their application. For more information refer to the School of Environment, Science and Engineering Honours information



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Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in scientific research.


Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving

Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability

Practice ethical enquiry and communication.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in one or more scientific disciplines

Lifelong learning

Exercise autonomy in one's learning and responsibility in one's practice as a scholar and researcher.

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of a component of scientific research and the capacity to disseminate research findings in diverse contexts.

Create a thesis that demonstrates research and design skills, critical thinking, and judgement.

Cultural competence

Practice inclusive enquiry and communication.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Depending on their area of research, graduates are suited to careers within the public and private sectors.

Graduates also have opportunities to develop careers as researchers and can aim for further research qualifications by undertaking a PhD.


The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this web page again before acting and see our disclaimer

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'