University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

GEOG 7009 - Research Methods

Career: Postgraduate Coursework
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Restriction: Available to MPlan, MPlan(UrbDes) students only
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Incompatible: GEST 5001, GEST 5010, GEOG 5001, GEOG 5010
Assessment: Literature review (30%), research proposal (30%), 1000 word minor essay (10%), in-class journal and verbals (30%)

The aim of this course is to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the role and conduct of quantitative and qualitative research methods in planning [and urban design]. 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. The course equips students with the skills to review and conduct methodologically sound research as a part of their professional work. Students develop the skills to recognise and reflect on the strengths and limitations of different research methodologies, understand the links between theory and practice, critically assess research, and address ethical and practical issues. The course takes a step-by-step approach to the design and implementation of quantitative and qualitative techniques including case study and precedent studies, surveys, interviews, focus groups, participant observation, textual and media analysis. How to manage and analyse data (including computer assisted), and how to write up and present findings are core components of this course. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and ability to undertake original research projects and develop a set of transferable workplace skills.

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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Tue 15/03/2022 Thu 24/03/2022 Fri 06/05/2022 Fri 10/06/2022

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
10245 SE01 15 13 1 Mar - 5 Apr Tuesday 9am - 12pm Barr Smith South, 1063, Teaching Room
26 Apr - 31 May Tuesday 9am - 12pm Barr Smith South, 1063, Teaching Room
20370 SE02 15 15 1 Mar - 5 Apr Tuesday 9am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
26 Apr - 31 May Tuesday 9am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class