GEO264 Research Design in Human Geography

Level 2
Credits 10
Availability Core for BA Geography
Approved for Geography & Planning
Semester Autumn and Spring
Prerequisite GEO151 or GEO152
Co-requisite GEO223
Description This module introduces the principles of research design for human geographers. It places methods of data collection in the overall processes of research, including the identification of a topic of study, formulating research questions and linking them to methods, and conducting a literature review, along with research ethics and safety. Lectures will be complemented by workshops. Summative assessment will involve a critical essay, and also the proposal which will form the basis of the dissertation.
Aims GEO264 introduces students to the key issues which must be considered when designing a research project and writing a research proposal.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate:
  1. Awareness of the elements which make good research design
  2. Capability to conduct literature searches
  3. Broad awareness of ethical issues which may arise when conducting social science research.
Delivery Methods Lectures and workshops; one-to-one supervision of proposal development
Assessment Methods Dissertation project proposal
(convenor underlined)

Dr Matt Watson, Dr Dimitris Ballas


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