CP0243 - Developing Research Methods

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCP0243
External Subject CodeX210
Number of Credits20
LevelL5
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Scott Orford
SemesterDouble Semester
Academic Year2014/5

Outline Description of Module

This module builds and strengthens the insights and skills on research methodology gained from the CP0136 Introducing Research Methods in Year One.

This module develops these skills by broadening the range of qualitative and quantitative research methods students are able to critically assess and use in their research projects. The module begins by emphasising the key relationship between philosophy and method. In the autumn semester students will then be introduced to advanced qualitative methods, including ethnography, journals, and film. In the second semester students will become adept at using and critiquing statistical data and undertaking statistical model building

There are three routes through the module, depending on the degree programme of the student. These routes differ in the final half of the second semester and in the final assessment only.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

In addition, a student on the City and Regional Planning route will be able to:Demonstrate an understanding of visualization techniques of spatial and planning data through project work 

In addition, a student on the Geography and Planning route will be able to:Provide a practical understanding of the research process and its constituent tasks by formulating a dissertation research proposal

In addition, a student on the Human Geography route will be able to:Provide a practical understanding of the research process and its constituent tasks by formulating a dissertation research proposal

How the module will be delivered

Skills that will be practised and developed

How the module will be assessed

City and Regional Planning route

Type of assessment 

%Contribution

Title

Duration
(if applicable)

Approx. date of Assessment

Group Project

35%

Evidence based documentary

6 mins

Autumn

Essay

15%

Reflection on methods in documentary

800 words

Spring

Project

35%

Statistical Model Building

1000 words plus statistical output

Spring

Presentation

15%

Critical review of visualization in planning documents

5 mins

Spring

Geography and Planning route

Type of assessment 

%Contribution

Title

Duration
(if applicable)

Approx. date of Assessment

Group Project

35%

Evidence based documentary 

6 mins

Autumn

Essay

15%

Reflection on methods in documentary

800 words

Spring

Project

35%

Statistical Model Building

1000 words plus statistical output

Spring

Project

15%

Research Dissertation Proposal

5 mins

Spring

 Human Geography route

Type of assessment

%Contribution

Title

Duration
(if applicable)

Approx. date of Assessment

Group Project

35%

Evidence based documentary 

6 mins

Autumn

Essay

15%

Reflection on methods in documentary

800 words

Spring

Project

35%

Statistical Model Building

1000 words plus statistical output

Spring

Project

15%

Research Dissertation Proposal

5 mins

Spring

The potential for reassessment in this module

Students will have the chance to be re-assessed the pieces of failed assessment in the August re-sit period. The re-sit work will be similar to the original set

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 35
Cw3 - Project - Statistical Model Building
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 15
Cw4 - Presentation For Crp Students Or Research Dissertation Proposal
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 35
Cw1 - Group Project - Evidence Based Documentary
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 15
Cw2 - Essay - Reflection On Methods In Documentary
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

City and Regional Planning route

Geography and Planning route

Human Geography Route

Essential Reading and Resource List

Clifford, N. and Valentine, G. (eds.)(2003) Key Methods in Geography, London: Sage.

Denscombe, M. (2003) The good research guide for small-scale social research projects. Open University Press, Buckingham., 2nd Edition

Denzin,N.and Lincoln,Y.(eds.) (2000) The Handbook of Qualitative Research, London: Sage.

Flowerdew,R. and Martin,D. (eds.) (2005) Methods in Human Geography: AGuide for Students Doing

Research Projects,2nd Edition, Harlow: Addison Wesley Longman

Hart, C. (1998) Doing a Literature Review,London: Sage.

Rogerson, P.A. (2010) Statistical Methods for Geography: A Student’s Guide, 3rd edition, Sage Publications

Field, Andy (2009) Discovering Statistics using SPSS, Sage, Third Edition

T. Parsons & P G Knight (2005) How to do your dissertation in Geography and related disciplines, London: Chapman & Hall 2nd Edition

Walliman, N. (2001) Your Research Project: AStep by Step Guide for The First Time Researcher, London: Sage

Background Reading and Resource List

Bryman, A. (2001) Social Research Methods,Oxford University Press.

Babbie, E. (1992) The Practice of Social Research,Belmont,CA: Wadsworth.

de Vaus D.A. (1991) Surveys in Social Research, London: Allen and Unwin.

May, T. (1998) Social Research:Issues, Methods and Process, 2nd edition,OpenUniversity Press.

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