Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4003

Description

This course involves the direct application of research skills and competencies introduced in GEOG4002. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is the student's honours research supervisor. It concentrates on the data collection and analysis portion of the research process. By the start of this course, students will have completed a major literature review, identified a suitable research question and developed a robust research design. The course explores and implements appropriate data collection techniques and develops advanced skills in data analysis. The course develops chapter drafts for the student's final honours research thesis.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Competency in the selection and use of various methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection used in geographical and environmental studies.

2. Capacity to identify and implement appropriate methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection to be used in their individual research projects.

3. Appreciation of the philosophical issues linking research methodologies and theoretical research and analysis in geographical and environmental studies.

4. Knowledge of appropriate research ethics principles and procedures and capacity to obtain appropriate approval for a research project.

Content

Students undertake activities involving:

  • Discussion and guidance on uses of appropriate methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection used in geography and environmental studies.
  • Guidance on use of analytical thinking for data analysis and conclusion drawing.
  • Discussion and guidance over the philosophical issues linking research methodologies and theoretical research and analysis in geography and environmental studies.
  • The application of appropriate research ethics principles.

Assumed Knowledge

GEOG4001 and GEOG4002.

Assessment Items

Presentation: Research seminar presentation and defence

Contact Hours

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Each GEOG Honours student will present a short 15min seminar in their first semester and a 1/2hr seminar in their second semester.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term