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The subject provides a conceptual and practical overview of the diverse research methods used in geography. It is designed to help commencing Master of Geography students (or equivalent) prepare for their research projects, and is taught in intensive mode in February. Topics covered include the scope of geographical research, the socio-political context of research, research design, sampling design and data collection, data analysis and presentation, project feasibility and management, ethics, oral and written presentation skills. Practical skills will include a range of quantitative and qualitative methods used by geographers.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of the subject, students should be able to:
- identify and critically evaluate the principles underlying quantitative and qualitative research methods used in geography
- articulate and explain select methods of contemporary geography
- effectively apply select quantitative and qualitative methods related to geography, appropriate to the area encompassed by the student's thesis topic
- compose and communicate an appropriate geographical research question
- conceive, design, and communicate a research proposal
This subject will significantly help students develop skills in the areas of problem solving, research philosophies and design, data analysis, written and oral communication, group work, human ethics, and project management.
Last updated: 31 January 2024