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Postgraduate Course: Research Design in Human Geography (PRGE11002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides students with training in research design, necessary for students undertaking independent research at the postgraduate level in Human Geography and related areas of the humanities and social sciences. These skills are relevant to the proper management, execution and dissemination of advanced research. The course delivers training in a range of generic transferable skills, linking them to relevant research issues. The course also teaches students how to design research projects and the significance of considering a range of issues (practical, ethical and intellectual) relevant to successful research planning. Specific emphasis is given to the relationship between theory and empirical practice in research. Themes include: ontological questions relating to the human, spatial and environmental sciences; the role of fieldwork in geographical research; the ethics of research; research across disciplines; the dissemination of research and the relevance of data management and data analysis. This work will be undertaken in a way that is responsive to the specific research interests of students undertaking the course.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs N/A
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 3,000 word written assignment.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
- Acquisition of generic skills relevant to the management of advanced level independent and team-based research in Human Geography, and related areas of the humanities and social sciences.
- Knowledge of the relationship between planned strategies of skill development and successful research outcomes
- Knowledge of the role of time management in large-scale, long duration research projects
- Acquisition of writing and publishing skills, necessary for the dissemination of research findings
- Acquisition of presentation skills (oral and multi-media) necessary for presentation of research findings
- Acquisition of research design and research planning skills
- Knowledge of the role of ethics in research
- Knowledge of the importance of fieldwork and the intellectual and practical issues it raises for research
Reading List
Back, L. 2002 Dancing and wrestling with scholarship: Things to do and things to avoid in a PhD career, Sociological Research Online 7(4).
Phillips, E.M, and Pugh, D.S. 2000 How to manage your supervisor, in Phillips, E.M, and Pugh, D.S. How to Get a PhD, Open University Press, Milton Keynes.
Foster, K. and Lorimer, H. 2007. Some reflections on art-geography as collaboration Cultural Geographies. 14(3): 425-432.
Dewsbury, J.D. and Naylor, S. 2002. Practising geographical knowledge: fields, bodies and dissemination. Area 34(3): 253-260.
Dorling, D. and Shaw, M. 2002. Geographies of the agenda: public policy, the discipline and its (re)'turns'. Progress in Human Geography 26(5): 629-646.
Burgess, J. 2005. Follow the argument where it leads: some personal reflections on 'policy-relevant' research. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers NS 30: 273-281.
Castree, N. 2006. Geography's new public intellectuals. Antipode, 38 (2):
Parr, H. 2001. Feeling, reading and marking bodies in space. Geographical
Review 91(1-2): 158-167.
Saunders, R. Home and away: bridging fieldwork and everyday life. Geographical Review 91(1-2):88-94.
Smith, D. M. 2000. Moral geographies : ethics in a world of difference. Chapter 9, Nature: environmental ethics. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
Whatmore, S. 2002. Geographies of/for a more than human world: towards a relational ethics. In: Hybrid geographies: natures, cultures, spaces. Sage Publications, London.
Hopkins, P. 2007. Positionalities and Knowledge: Negotiating Ethics in Practice. ACME, 6:3, 386-394.
Warrington, M. 1997. Reflections on a recently completed PhD. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 21 (3): 401-410.
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KeywordsPRGE11002,research design,human geography,transkills,research ethics
Course organiserDr Calum Macleod
Tel: (0131 6)51 4447
Course secretaryMrs Karolina Galera
Tel: (0131 6)50 2572
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