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.
Availability2017 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2017
- Semester 1 - 2018
- Semester 2 - 2018
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
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.
Students 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
GEOG4310 and GEOG4320
Presentation: Research seminar presentation and defence
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Hours by arrangement with supervisor. This will be run as an integrated learning session. 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 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term