|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Written Research Portfolio Part 1 (1000 words plus supporting material)||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Written Research Portfolio Part 2 (1000 words plus supporting material)||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Written Research Portfolio Part 1 (1000 words plus supporting material)||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Written Research Portfolio Part 2 (1000 words plus supporting material)||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Outline the differing approaches to human geography and associated social science research and identify the relevant types of methods associated with these approaches;
2. Formulate workable research questions, aims and objectives;
3. Select appropriate methods that are justified and relevant in relation to research questions, aims and objectives;
4. Evaluate the advantages and limitations of a range of qualitative techniques in particular research settings;
5. Critically assess the pragmatics of applying particular techniques in practice.
The course involves lectures [and practical workshops] covering a variety of methodological skills and techniques required in social science research. It includes an introduction to research frameworks and research design and hands-on training in questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, ethnography, textual and visual analysis. It also addresses themes of research ethics, research impact, participatory and social action research.
The course involves lectures covering a variety of approaches: introduction to research frameworks, interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, ethnography, textual research, use of archives, videographic techniques, and new ‘creative’ methods.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||n/a|
|Communication||Students will use written and graphic modes to analyses and present data|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Gained via independent reading and through engagement with the reflexive component of the assessment|
|Information Technology||Students will demonstrate their competency with using Blackboard and the e-resources available in that information environment|
|Personal Development and Career planning||The skills developed through this module can provide the foundation for higher-level studies and also are transferable to many applied, non-academic contexts. Students will be made aware of the relevance for further study and employability throughout the module, including as part of the assessment|
|Problem solving||Demonstrated via choosing of relevant conceptual frameworks and associated techniques for particular research contexts|
|Research skills||Reading, thinking and writing skills will be demonstrated through in-class discussions and the assessment|
|Subject Specific Skills||The acquisition, analysis and presentation of geographic data|
|Team work||Team work and discussion will be involved in some lectures and the practicals|
This module is at CQFW Level 5