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This course will convey the type of research undertaken to solve water resource management problems, and how to communicate research results and information effectively in different forums and to different audiences. Topics include: literature search and analysis, research hypothesis development, proposal preparation, research programme design, ethical, cost and health and safety considerations, and effective techniques for oral and written communication.
WATR405 aims to convey the nature and key elements of the research undertaken to solve water resource management problems and the communication of information to support policy and management decisions.The course is designed to provide graduates, who already have particular academic skills, with the tools to develop and undertake a research programme, obtain useful results and communicate these effectively to a range of different audiences. It will provide potential thesis students with key skills for their Masters thesis, but will also be useful for other students seeking to understand and communicate research to a range of audiences.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to;Assess the credibility of information from various sourcesFormulate a hypothesis or research question for an environmental or resource management problemUndertake comprehensive, targeted literature reviews to underpin a research designDesign a viable research programme and prepare a standard research proposalRecognise and be able to use ethical, safe, rigorous research methodsPrepare information for a range of audiences including the public, a client, decision makers and other researchers, and communicate this effectively.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
The course is run jointly with Lincoln University and is held at the University of Canterbury.
Domestic fee $1,084.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
Maximum enrolment is 30
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