units

ATS4776

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Geography and Environmental Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Stephen Legg

Notes

Previously coded GES4820

Synopsis

This seminar unit provides a broad introduction to research and the research process for Honours students. It introduces project formulation and design; data weaknesses and strengths; research methodology; and the varieties of research challenges and potentials in Geography and Environmental Science. The unit emphasizes the dynamics and diversity of theoretical approaches underlying key academic debates in geography and focuses on methodology rather than specific methods and sources for doing interdisciplinary research and applications for addressing geographical and environmental problems.

Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will have developed the following key competencies and capacities. You will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a range of relevant honours theses, using a standard set of evaluation criteria and apply the latter to your own work;
  2. Develop an appropriate thesis structure for your own work;
  3. Identify ethical approaches to research;
  4. Identify and explain key epistemological traditions in geographical research;
  5. Situate and justify the research for your thesis within this context.

Assessment

Written: 50%
Seminar: 20%
Examinations: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

4 hours per week (two 2-hour seminars)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study