Development Studies Honours 4320

Course code GEOG4320Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course develops basic research skills in development studies. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is also the student's honours research supervisor. The course builds skills and competencies in research design including literature reviews, identification of research questions, methodological approaches, data collection and analysis, discussion and communication skills, mapping and graphics preparation skills.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
ObjectivesBy the end of this course students will have:

1. A comprehension of procedures for undertaking a successful research project within development studies.

2. The capacity to identify research issues and frame research questions in the context of existing scholarship, resources and policy environments.

3. A thorough understanding of method of reviewing literature in the student?s field. Capacity to identify relevant texts and openings within research fields for original and high quality analytical research

4. The capacity to formulate appropriate boundaries to a research project and identify appropriate data, methods and processes to undertake critical analysis.
Content*Identifying relevant literature within development studies and other relevant disciplines in order to frame and situate a research question

*Undertaking a literature review including:
- Identifying key texts
- Evaluating arguments and evidence
- Providing rationale for inclusion of relevant material
- Clear communication of uses made of relevant materials
- Identification of limits of existing literature and role of thesis and research in contributing to the field

*Designing appropriate research design and methodology
- Formulation of research and theoretical questions
- Identification of appropriate methods and boundaries for research project
- Use of critical and analytical thinking for formulating initial arguments, questions or hypotheses.
Replacing Course(s)GEOS4320
TransitionStudents currently enrolled in the previous suite of honours, ie GEOS4310, 4320, 4330 and 4340 will be permitted to finish their current program prior to these courses being deleted.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of Bachelor of Development Studies with credit grades or above in core 2000 and 3000 courses.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Research plan and literature review
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Case Study: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Dev
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for GEOG4320