Development Studies Honours 4330

Course code GEOG4330Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course involves the direct application of research skills and competencies introduced in GEOG4320. 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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of this course students will have:

1. Competency in the selection and use of various methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection used in development 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 development studies.
4. Knowledge of appropriate research ethics principles and procedures and capacity to obtain appropriate approval for a research project.
ContentStudents undertake activities involving:
- Discussion and guidance on uses of appropriates methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection used in development 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 development studies.
- The application of appropriate research ethics principles
Replacing Course(s)GEOS4330
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 KnowledgeGEOG4310 and GEOG4320
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Self Directed Learning
Seminar
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Final outline of research thesis including initial conclusions. Oral report of thesis outline and initial conclusions.
Contact HoursCase Study: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOG4330