WATR405-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Research and Communication Methods

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to;

Assess the credibility of information from various sources
Formulate a hypothesis or research question for an environmental or resource management problem
Undertake comprehensive, targeted literature reviews to underpin a research design
Design a viable research programme and prepare a standard research proposal
Recognise and be able to use ethical, safe, rigorous research methods
Prepare information for a range of audiences including the public, a client, decision makers and other researchers, and communicate this effectively.

Timetable Note

The course is run jointly with Lincoln University and is held at the University of Canterbury.

Course Coordinator

Leanne Morgan


Issie Barrett


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Internal assessment 100%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* 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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 30

For further information see School of Earth and Environment .

All WATR405 Occurrences

  • WATR405-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023