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Research Methods in Geography (GEOG90029)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGEOG90029
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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

  • Knowledge of the range of research methods used in geography
  • Ability to design and articulate a geographical research question in a research proposal
  • Ability to choose appropriate method/s to answer a research question
  • Practical skills in quantitative and qualitative methods

Generic skills

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: 3 April 2019