I supervise final-year (honours) projects for Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) and Life Sciences students. Most of their projects relate to urban ecology, but the topics they address are diverse.
As for my approach… I know that some honours supervisors prefer to give their students projects that they conceptualise for them (sometimes complete with protocols). I don’t necessarily take that route. Students in my lab can create their own projects or tackle one of my ideas.
Either way, they must at least contribute in a major way to developing their questions and designing their studies, because to me, the main learning outcome from an honours project is an enhanced ability to think creatively, critically and independently about a line of investigation (and to see it through from start to finish).
At regular lab meetings, students openly discuss how their work is progressing. I actively encourage them to help and support one another in all aspects of their projects. This way they don’t work alone in the field and they engage in peer coaching and acquire knowledge and skills in areas outside their topics.
The links below will take you to descriptions of what my students have done or are doing.