GEOG 5001 - Research Design and Methods
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018
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 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 Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Bonham
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Course Learning Outcomes
- Identify different research methods and their theoretical underpinnings.
- Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyse and synthesise literature related to a research question.
- Critically analyse and demonstrate an ability to formulate viable research questions.
- Demonstrate an understanding and ability to undertake the range of tasks necessary to completing a research project.
- Identify and engage with the range of ethical issues involved in the conduct of a research project.
- Show an understanding of cross cultural contexts and the nuances/implications of cross cultural research.
- Work within a team, and use interpersonal skills to completed tasks.
- Demonstrate skills in using online data bases and software.
- Demonstrate high level written and verbal communication skills.
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Recommended ResourcesStudents will receive a reading list upon commencement.
Online LearningAll course-related materials will be available on MyUni. Please note that lectures for this course will not be recorded.
Learning & Teaching Activities
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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
* The sequence of seminar topics is subject to change.
Week Topic 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 Week 9 Research Analysis Week 10 Journal work Week 11 How to write up a research project (eg. Dissertation) Week 12 Verbal Presentations on research proposals
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Seminar participation and journal Formative and summative 30% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 Literature review Summative 30% 2,8,9 Research proposal and report Summative 40% 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,
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SubmissionStudents must submit their work via Canvas.
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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
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