RESEARCH METHODS FOR PLANNERS

PLA5RMP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject offers a broad introduction to techniques of social research, and gives students the basic skills needed to construct a research project including developing a literature review, research questions, and determining appropriate methods for the project. The course will focus strongly on developing skills around modelling for change in land use, population, housing and labour force. Students will develop a critical awareness of different research methods and approaches to social research and their usefulness in strategic and policy settings.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKatharine McKinnon

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PLA4RMP, HUS5REM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSocial Research: Issues, methods and process 4th EdRecommendedTim May 2011Open University
ReadingsDoing Research in the Real WorldRecommendedDavid Gray 2004SAGE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critical application of a variety of specialist research techniques in fields related to land use planning

Activities:
Block seminars and online activities, presentation, research proposal, quantitative task
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking

02. Demonstrated proficiency in a selected number of data assessment and analysis techniques

Activities:
Block seminars and online activities, research proposal, quantitative task
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Writing
Creative Problem-solving

03. Competence in developing research questions based on critical analysis of existing research

Activities:
Block seminars and online activities, research proposal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving
Writing
Critical Thinking

04. Develop a social research project with a focus on community planning and land use planning, with appropriate scope and methods

Activities:
Block seminars, Supervision, research proposal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Writing
Critical Thinking

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatharine McKinnon

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 10 - 22
Three 5.0 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Students will complete online learning activities on a weekly basis prior to joining tutorials"

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Tutorials will be held weekly on Bendigo campus, with Melbourne students joining via video conferencing."

Supervisor Consultation Week: 10 - 22
One 0.5 hours supervisor consultation every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will meet with research supervisors from Planning program on a fortnightly basis to develop their research topics."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Short presentation5 01, 03
Literature review & research questions25 01, 02, 03
Population task20 01, 02
Research proposal50 01, 02, 03, 04