CP0136: Introducing Research Methods
|School||Cardiff School of Geography and Planning|
|External Subject Code||X210|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
How the module will be assessed
Mapping Census Data exercise
GIS and statistical analysis project
1000 word plus maps, tables and statistical output
Coursework on Qualitative Methods
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.
How the module will be delivered
The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, guided workshops, surgeries, on-line sessions and in-class seminars. The lectures will provide students with the theory, concepts, examples and applications of the methods used in geography and planning research. The workshops will allow the students to practice the methods using real world data and applications. The in-class seminars will allow students to debate and discuss the methods and prepare for the assessments. The surgeries and on-line sessions will provide students with additional help and feedback
Outline Description of Module
This module introduces students to some of the fundamental research methods used in planning and human geography. All academics and policy makers use research methods as the practical tools used to answer questions about society and the places where people live and work In a nutshell, methods connect theory with practice and generate the data we need to understand the world around us. In this module we being by looking at some specialist methods used by geographers and planners – GIS and descriptive statistics that allows us to map data and understand in a very general sense how different social, economic and cultural phenomena vary across space and at different geographical scales; and interviews, images and media that allow us to present a much richer, deeper understanding of how people construct and interact in space and place
On completion of the module a student should be able to
- to understand how and why certain methodologies are chosen for research projects
- to know the key strengths and weaknesses of key quantitative and qualitative methods
- to be able to conduct research using archives, images and media
- to be able to design, conduct, and analyse a qualitative interview
- to understand survey design, introductory statistics and GIS
- to identify, access and use secondary data to address planning and geographic issues
- to apply GIS mapping and statistical analysis to project work
- to critically evaluate the sorts of knowledge required to answer research questions
Skills that will be practised and developed
Problem solving skills
Communication, interview, and writing skills, including report writing
Working in small groups
Spatial analysis and handling of geographical data
Basic statistical analysis and Mapping skills
Basic GIS skills
|Report||15||Mapping Census Data Exercise||N/A||1||N/A|
|Report||35||Qualitative Methods Project - Group Report||N/A||1||N/A|
|Written Assessment||35||Gis And Statistical Analysis Project||N/A||1||N/A|
|Written Assessment||15||Interview Transcript||N/A||1||N/A|
Essential Reading and Resource List
Clifford, N. and Valentine, G. (eds.) (2010) Key Methods in Geography, London: Sage.
Denzin, N. and Lincoln, Y. (eds.) (2011) The Handbook of Qualitative Research, London: Sage.
Longley, P., Goodchild,M.F,, Maguire, D.J., and Rhind, D.W. (eds.) (2005) Geographical Information Systems and Science, 2nd edition, New York and Chichester: John Wiley&Sons.
May, T. (1998) Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process, 2nd edition, Open University 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.
Background Reading and Resource List
Bryman, A. (2016) Social Research Methods, Oxford University Press
de Vaus D.A. (1991) Surveys in Social Research, London: Allen and Unwin.
Walliman, N. (2001) Your Research Project: A Step by Step Guide for The First Time Researcher, London: Sage
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 statistical data. Computer workshops via Learning Central resources on using appropriate statistical and GIS software are supplemented by light-touch introductory lectures and surgeries. The module then introduces in the spring semester a range of key qualitative methods, involving interviews, analysis of images, archival research, and media analysis.