GEOG 5001 - Research Design and Methods

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Andrew Beer

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Suggested texts:
    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 Resources
    Students will receive a reading list upon commencement.
    Online Learning
    All course-related materials will be available on MyUni. Please note that lectures for this course will not be recorded.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    3 houirs of classes per week 36 hours per semester
    11 hours reading/research per week 132 hours per semester
    12 hours assignment preparation per week 144 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary

    Week Research Design and Methods
    Week 1 Course overview: What is research?
    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
    Week 6 Qualitative Methods 1
    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 work
    Week 11 How to write up a research project (eg. Dissertation)
    Week 12 Group Verbal Presentations on research proposals
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    1000 word minor essay Formative and Summative 10% 1-6
    Seminar journal Formative and Summative 30% 1-6
    Literature review Formative and Summative 35% 1-6
    Research brief and proposal presentation Formative and Summative 25% 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    In order to pass the course, it is necessary that students attend all sessions.
    Assessment Detail
    1000 word minor essay: students submit an essay on a chosen topic.
    Weight:
    10%

    Seminar journal:
    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).
    Weight: 30%

    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.
    Weight: 35%

    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.
    Weight: 25%
    Submission
    Students may submit their work in hard copy to the Course Coordinator, via email or via MyUni.

    NOTE: When submitting via MyUni, you must convert your assignment file to PDF before submission - for assistance in converting your assignment file to PDF, please see http://www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/tutorials/content/ICC_Printed_Assignment_PDF_creation.html

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    Students who do not request an extension will forfeit assessment marks at 5% for every working day it is late. 
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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