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The student will undertake an individual investigation of a subject approved by the School of Forestry and will submit a dissertation on this topic by a date specified by the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.
The dissertation is an independent study of any topic within the broad disciplines of Forestry. Entry to the course is by invitation only and students enrolled are eligible for the award of Honours on the completion of the Bachelor of Forestry Science degree. The course is predominantly an independent study with guidance from a supervisor. There are some classes in Research Methods in Semester 1, and workshops scheduled in Semester 2 where a number of supervisors will be available to help with specific analytical or other issues.The objectives of the dissertation are to develop and apply research skills including the art and science of defining a research topic, data collection and analysis, presentation of data and results, interpretation and application of research results and to synthesize professional training and experience to date in the production of an original research paper of professional standard.Students' ability to organize their workload and plan over a whole year, and their ability to commit to deadlines for completion of components of the work are critical to success.
Students will learn: the process of planning and executing a significant independent study project; some research methods techniques and principles; oral and written presentation skills.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Subject to approval of the Head of School of Forestry.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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Domestic fee $2,118.00
International fee $8,725.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Forestry.