Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2hr lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment RESEARCH METHOD REPORTS  Students will be required to demonstrate their achievement in learning outcomes by undertaking two research reports. Each report is 3,000 words in length (50% each)  100%
Semester Assessment
Supplementary Assessment RESUBMISSION  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identity the differences between research methodologies and methods at an epistemological and empirical level;
  2. Produce a coherent research question;
  3. Plan an appropriate research programme by justifying their choice of research methods;
  4. Analyse and communicate geographical research material.

Brief description

This module provides students with the theoretical knowledge and multi-method research techniques used by human geographers in their research. The students can use this knowledge and skills to conduct research in a variety of contexts and to complete an undergraduate dissertation.


Outline of Lectures

Lecture 1: Designing Qualitative Research
Lecture 2: Collecting Primary Data
Lecture 3: Interviews
Lecture 4: Ethnographic Research Methods-
Lecture 5: Project workshop session
Lecture 6: Analysing the Media, Policy and Contemporary Texts
Lecture 7: Archives and Historical Sources
Lecture 8: Using Quantitative Data in Human Geography
Lecture 9: GIS in Human Geography
Lecture 10: Visit: The National Library of Wales

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Developed by analyzing quantitative research materials
Communication Developed by the production of written project work
Improving own Learning and Performance Developed through participation in group discussions and informal class presentations
Information Technology Developed through the production of research reports
Personal Development and Career planning Developed through the provision of transferable research skills that are valuable to employers
Problem solving Developed by students designing projects to address a research question
Research skills Developed through the provision of theoretical and practical knowledge of the research methods used to provide knowledge and undertake research in human geography and developed practically through the Research Methods¿ Reports.
Subject Specific Skills Developed through the application of acquired theoretical knowledge and research methods to broaden the students understanding of the scope of research in human geography.
Team work Developed by requiring students to informally participate in group work

Reading List

Recommended Text
Berg, B. L. (2003) Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences Pearson: London Primo search Blunt, A. et al (2003) Cultural Geography in Practice Arnold: London Primo search Clifford, N and Valentine, G (2003) Key Methods in Geography Sage Primo search Cook, I and Crang, M. (1995) Doing Ethnographies IGB: London Primo search Flowerdew, R and Martin, D (1997) Methods in Human Geography: A guide for students doing a research project Pearson, Harlow Primo search Hoggart, K., Lees, L., Davies, A. (2002) Researching Human Geography Arnold: London Primo search Rose, G. (2001) Visual Methodologies Sage: London Primo search Shurmer-Smith, P. (2002) Doing Cultural Geography Sage: London Primo search Skelton, T. and Valentine, G. (1998) Cool Places: Geographies of Youth Culture Routledge: London. Primo search Baker, A. (1997) Journal of Geography in Higher Education ‘The Dead Don’t Answer Questionnaires’: Research and Writing Historical Geography, 21 (231-43) Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5