GEOG 5001 - Research Design and Methods
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 5001 Course Research Design and Methods Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Incompatible GEST 5001 Course Description This course will provide students with a strong foundation in the conceptualisation and operationalisation of research, how to design a research project and 'hands-on' skills in the utilisation of different research methods. Students will be exposed to a wide range of research methods and will learn key principles of research design. Topics to be covered in detail include sampling, surveying, interviewing, case study analysis, focus groups, interviewing and analysing and presenting data. Intellectual and methodological debates will be discussed in order to assist students to develop informed opinions and a critical appreciation for other's research. The imperative for ethical research practice will be presented. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and ability to undertake methodologically sound, original research projects and will develop a set of transferable workplace skills.
Course Coordinator: Andrew Beer
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- To locate, analyse and synthesise information about the diversity of research approches
- Develop ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions to research problems via use of problem solving and critical thinking exercises in research case studies, develop teamwork and interpersonal skills in negotiating research programs
- To critically evaluate the efficacy of virtual means of delivering or developing research strategies
- To encourage and develop skills that will enhance the fulfilment of ongoing and continuous learning and intellectual curiosity via independent learning exercises
- To demonstrate, by use of role model examples, how research can help support leadership functions within community
- Develop understanding of cross cultural contexts and nuances/implications of cross cultural research
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4, 5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
Required ResourcesLecture recordings:
Please note that lectures for this course will not be recorded.
Students are not required to read any particular core text. However, it is expected that readings provided will be read prior to class, and that students will undertake their own research and reading as relevant to course themes.
A good overall text is:
· Patton, M (2002 or any edition) Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods
· Anything by Denzin and Lincoln is excellent.
· For work on cross cultural or decolonised methodologies, see Smith, Linda, T (2000) Decolonising methodologies: research and Indigenous peoples
Some good journals re:
· Qualitative research
· Field Research
· Action Research
· Qualitative Inquiry
All of these journals have relevant articles in them.
Recommended ResourcesStudents will receive a reading list upon commencement of the unit.
Online LearningThe MyUni website for the course will provide you with access to the following features to help manage your study:
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· Course readings
· Course outlines; and,
· Any additional materials
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
1 To locate, analyse and synthesis information about the diversity of research approaches. 2 Develop ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions to research problems via use of problem solving and critical thinking exercises in research case studies, develop teamwork, and interpersonal skills in negotiating research programs. 3 To critically evaluate the efficacy of virtual means of delivering or developing research strategies. 4 To encourage and develop skills that will enhance the fulfilment of ongoing and continuous learning and intellectual curiosity via independent learning exercises. 5 To demonstrate, by use of role model examples, how research can help support leadership functions within community. 6 Develop understanding of cross cultural contexts and nuances/implications of cross cultural research.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The expected commitment for this course is 3 hours face-to-face and 3–4 hours study per week.
Learning Activities SummaryThe semester schedule is as follows:
Schedule Week Research Design and Methods Week 1 Course overview: What is research? One hour lecture only. Week 2 Literature reviews and data base searches Week 3 Writing workshop Online activity this week Formative Writing task Week 4 Research Ethics and Engaging Cultures Writing an ethics application Week 5 Theoretical Approaches – No tutorial Week 6 Qualitative Methods 1 Literature review due Week 7 Qualitative Methods 2
Quantitative Methods 1
Week 8 Quantitative Methods 2 – Dr Laurence Lester Week 9 Research Analysis
Online methods: Using survey monkey
Using NVIVO Using Endnote
Week 10 Journal due Week 11 How to write up a research project (eg. Dissertation) Week 12 Group Verbal Presentations on research proposals
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Item Weight Due Date Seminar Journal (based on in class activities) 30% Attendance 10% Literature review (incl writing task @ 10%) 35% Group verbal presentation of research proposal plus written proposal brief 25%
Assessment Related RequirementsIn order to pass the course, it is necessary that students attend all sessions.
Assessment DetailTask 1: Assessed seminar exercises and activities, including attendance. Activities and tasks will include ‘homework’ tasks that will be preparation for in class activities the week following (such as developing an online survey via NVIVO), as well as a number of in class activities (i.e. giving and taking interviews). Students that miss the in class activities will forfeit the assessment weighting that will be allocated to that task.
and participation: 10%
Task 2: Literature Review: Students will develop a literature review on a research problem/topic. A list of topics will be given to students but you will be able to choose your own in consultation with the convenor. This includes a preparatory exercise due on the 16th March.
Task 3: Verbal (group) presentation. In groups you will be expected to develop a research program for one of the case studies set. Case studies will be drawn for student ideas for projects developed in the first two weeks. Presentations will be in the format of a group/research team bid to get research dollars from a funding institution.
(20% for individual presentation within group, and 5% for how well that presentation coheres to the whole)
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