Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Agnes Babugura


This unit seeks to provide the student with introductory background in research methodology relevant to Geography and Environmental Science. Basic statistical techniques needed to carry out research will be introduced. These include measures of central tendency, spatial distribution, time series, probability distributions, hypothesis testing as well as correlation and regression will be covered to help students analyse and interpret geographic data. Library and online research techniques as well as field techniques including sampling and interviewing techniques will be covered.


Upon satisfactory completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. collect, analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative geographic data
  2. be able to synthesise and interpret relevant material and to communicate ideas to others in a coherent manner, by either written or verbal means
  3. be familiar and proficient with some simple techniques for conducting qualitative and quantitative research.


Assignments: 20%
Attendance and participation: 10%
Test 30%
Major assignment, development of a research proposal: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

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


A first year sequence in Geography and Environmental Science, or permission


ATS2541, ATS3541, AZA3541