|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||K410|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Narushige Shiode|
This module provides both a formal and practical understanding of the tasks involved in undertaking pure and applied social research with an emphasis on planning research. You will be taken through the various stages of the research process, addressing issues that include: problem-specification, research design, measurement and measuring instruments, sampling, survey implementation, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, the use GIS in planning research and interpretation of results. You will also be taught how to undertake a literature review, how to write research reports and how to present research. This module builds on BSc 1 Introduction to Research Methods
The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and in-class seminars.
Coursework - Group Project On Qualitative Methods
Practising Planning Research - Group Presentation Slides On Survey Design
Coursework - Independent Gis Project
Practising Planning Research - Independent Visualisation / Presentation Project
A series of lectures, workshops and computer practicals will introduce students to the theory and techniques of undertaking planning-related research. The combination of lectures, workshops, practicals and project-work will allow students to develop a disciplined approach to social research tempered by a first-hand understanding of the practical problems typically encountered in applying pure methodology. To satisfy learning outcomes, all fourassessments must be passed (with a pass mark of 40%) for the student to pass the module.
Bryman, A. (2001) Social Research Methods,Oxford University Press.
Burgess, R. (1982) Field Research: ASourcebook and Field Manual, London: Routledge.
Clifford, N. and Valentine, G. (eds.)(2003) Key Methods in Geography, London: Sage.
Denzin,N.and Lincoln,Y.(eds.) (2000) The Handbook of Qualitative Research, London: Sage.
de Vaus D.A. (1991) Surveys in Social Research, London: Allen and Unwin.
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.
(Longley, P., Goodchild,M.F,,Maguire,D.J., and Rhind,D.W. (eds.) (2010) Geographical Information Systems andScience,3rd edition, New YorkandChichester: John Wiley&Sons.)
Morgan, D.L. (1997) Focus Groups as Qualitative Research,London: Sage.
O’Sullivan, D. and Unwin, D.J. (2002) Geographic Information Analysis, John Wiley & Sons.
(O’Sullivan, D. and Unwin, D.J. (2010) Geographic Information Analysis, 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons.)
Rogerson, P.A. (2006) Statistical Methods for Geography: A Student’s Guide, 2nd edition, Sage Publications.
(Rogerson, P.A. (2010) Statistical Methods for Geography: A Student’s Guide, 3rd edition, Sage Publications.)