GEOG 5001 - Research Design and Methods

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

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: Dr Jennifer Bonham

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    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.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    TBA
    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 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
    * The sequence of seminar topics is subject to change.
  • 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
    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,
    Assessment Related Requirements
    In order to pass the course, it is necessary that students attend all sessions.
    Assessment Detail
    TBA
    Submission
    Students must submit their work via Canvas.
    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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