Module Information

Module Identifier
GG25110
Module Title
Qualitative Research Methods
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Pre-Requisite
Registration for a JH/Major degree in Human Geography.
External Examiners
  • Professor Catherine Nash (Professor - Queen Mary University of London)
 

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 6 x 2 Hour Lectures
Workshop 5 x 1 Hour Workshops
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 3,000 word project essay addressing research techniques in human geography  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed project  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Outline the dominant conceptual frameworks in human geography and identify the relevant types of qualitative techniques that are associated with these.

Appreciate the advantages and limitations of a range of qualitative techniques in particular research settings.

Reflect upon the pragmatics of applying one particular technique in a research setting.

Brief description

This module is designed to develop the practical skills of students and equip them to undertake their own independent research project at the end of their second year. The module introduces students to research techniques in human geography, and is assessed via a project essay.

Content

Research skills in Human Geography (5 classes over semester one). Contents to include: Research Frameworks; Historical and Archival Sources; Interviewing and Focus Groups; Transcribing Texts; Analyzing Texts.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Demonstrated via written and graphic modes of presentation.
Improving own Learning and Performance Independent reading.
Information Technology Competency in using the internet for sources of information, and word processing.
Personal Development and Career planning Many of the skills developed are transferable to non-academic contexts and students are made aware of this wider applicability.
Problem solving Demonstrated via choosing of relevant conceptual frameworks and associated techniques for particular research context.
Research skills Reading, thinking and writing skills demonstrated.
Subject Specific Skills The acquisition, analysis and presentation of geographic data.
Team work Team work and discussion will be involved in some lectures.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5