|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||11 x 2 Hour Lectures|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Written research portfolio 2500 word research portfolio||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Written research portfolio 2500 word research portfolio|
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.
This module covers the qualitative methods essential to researching people and place. The module is framed around a series of lectures with in-built workshops to develop understanding of key techniques and build practical knowledge of using methods in the field.
The course involves 9 x 2 hour 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. Lecture slots will be divided between 1 hour of conventional lecturing and 1 hour of practical working to develop practical skills related to each method introduced in the lectures. There will be a 1 x 2-hour assessment surgery session at the end of the module.
|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