|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||K400|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Kersty Hobson|
This module gives students the opportunity to complete an individual research project on a subject of their choice that demonstrates their ability to design, manage and execute a programme of independent research activity. Students can use the module to follow up on a research problem identified while on a placement year (if applicable), or alternatively to assist with the development of specialised studies in a particular field (e.g. urban design, regeneration, housing etc). The module expects students to undertake independent inquiry and investigation, with the support of an allocated supervisor and a selection of introductory lectures and workshops. The assessment of the module is based on a written and illustrated submission. The project is a substantial piece of work and will be assessed as an important, individual component of final year undergraduate studies.
In terms of Knowledge/Understanding:
In Terms of Skills/Presentation:
1. Demonstrate ability to identify, collect and analyse relevant planning and social science data;
2. Demonstrate ability in appropriately using textual and graphic media to express ideas, present arguments and illustrate findings;
3. Define and defend a clear and focussed research question, and related aims and objectives for the research project;
4. Approach a range of questions or problems in a number of different spheres with an inquisitive and critical attitude;
5. Demonstrate effective research and appraisal skills, evident in data collection, investigation, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, weighing evidence and reaching appropriate conclusions;
In Terms of Values/Attitudes:
See above in the skills/presentation section
Type of assessment
Approx. date of Assessment
The opportunity for reassessment in this module
Students are permitted to be reassessed in a module which they have failed, in line with the course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.
Introduction to doing a research project
Identifying a suitable topic for research
Preparing a literature review
Managing your research project
Handling and analysing your data
Writing and structuring your research project
Developing your conclusions and recommendations
Preparing the final submission
O’Leary, Z. 2014. The essential guide to doing your research project. London: Sage. Second edition.
Flick, U. 2011. Introducing research methodology: a beginner’s guide to doing your research project. London: Sage.
Reardon, D, D. 2006. Doing your undergraduate project. London: Sage.
Robson, C. 2007. How to do a research project: a guide for undergraduate students. Oxford: Blackwell.
Walliman, N. 2013. Your research project: designing and planning your work. London: Sage.
Learning Central includes some web-based materials for particular stages of your research project, including for example materials on completing a literature review.
The Palgrave Study Skills series also has some items related to preparing and writing your undergraduate research project.