|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||X210|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Yiming Wang|
This module introduces students to the research methods used in town planning and human geography. Research methods are crucial to all academic inquiry as the practical tools used to answer questions raised by policy makers, theoreticians, or other stakeholders groups. In a nutshell, methods connect theory with practice. As a consequence, our choice of methods must be appropriate to the type of theory we are using, and the type of empirical case we are investigating. This module aims to address these issues.
The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and in-class seminars.
A Small Group Project Involving Gis Mapping And Descriptive Statistical Analysis Of Census Data
Coursework On Qualitative Methods - Studentification
This module begins by introducing the types of research planners and geographers are involved in within the School. It outlines the range of research approaches undertaken, and the appropriate methodologies used to put them into practice. The autumn portion of this module focuses on descriptive statistics and basic GIS mapping applied to the analysis of UK Census data. Computer workshop-based trainings using appropriate statistical and GIS software are supplemented by light-touch introductory lectures. Students are asked to propose a small research project that requires the statistical description and mapping of census data. The module then introduces in the spring semester a range of key qualitative methods, including images, archives, use of the media, and interviews. Some basic quantitative survey methods are also delivered in the spring.
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Clifford, N. and Valentine, G. (eds.)(2003) Key Methods in Geography, London: Sage.
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Longley, P., Goodchild,M.F,,Maguire,D.J., and Rhind,D.W. (eds.) (2005) Geographical Information Systems andScience,2nd edition, New YorkandChichester: John Wiley&Sons.
May, T. (1998) Social Research:Issues, Methods and Process, 2nd edition,OpenUniversity Press.
Morgan, D.L. (1997) Focus Groups as Qualitative Research,London: Sage
Salkind, N. J. (2004). Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics. London: Sage.
Walliman, N. (2001) Your Research Project: AStep by Step Guide for The First Time Researcher, London: Sage