RESEARCH METHODS FOR PLANNERS

PLA5RMP

2016

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

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSocial Research: Issues, methods and process 4th EdRecommendedTim May 2011Open University

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Activities:
Lectures, presentation, research proposal, population task
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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

Activities:
Lectures, research proposal, population task
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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

Activities:
Lectures, presentation, literature review, research proposal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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

Activities:
Lectures, literature review, research proposal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2016, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatharine McKinnon

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
Five 7.0 hours seminar other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
Eight 1.0 hours seminar other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

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