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Methods, Analysis and Techniques


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Shino Shiode
  • Assessment: a 2000-word research methods essay (60%) and 2000-word statistics coursework (40%)

Module description

The course is designed to offer training on research skills through exposure to various 'qualitative' and 'quantitative' research methods. They are delivered through discussion of a range of methods used for collecting and interpreting qualitative information as well as applications of statistical methods to geographic and environmental data. There will also be hands-on lab sessions to help you master the relevant skills for collecting data and applying analytical methods. Towards the end of the course, there will be a couple of small-group workshops on writing research proposals.

Indicative module content 

  • Research journals, literature reviews and research questions
  • Sampling design and questionnaire survey
  • Semi-structured interviews
  • Focus group
  • Visual ethnography
  • Analysing qualitative data
  • Research ethics
  • Secondary data and data collection
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Making graphs and tables
  • Hypothesis testing and t-test
  • Correlation analysis