• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Keith Barney
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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The course introduces students to quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods used by the social sciences to study environment and development issues and problems. The course will increase students' knowledge of how scholarly and applied research is designed and implemented, and will enable them to assess the quality of research required as an input into policy making.

The course considers questions of epistemology and the philosophy of science, and the implications of theory for the design of research. The course critically engages with the main features and methods for conducting quantitative and qualitative research. Understandings of the ethics conducting and publishing scholarly research will be integrated throughout the course lectures and discussions.

Active student participation in learning will be promoted through teaching methods that include lectures, class discussions, computer lab sessions, weekly reaction papers, and extended essays.

There are no statistical pre-requisites to attend the course. However, some knowledge of the basic concepts of statistics will be useful.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course you will learn to:
1. position research within major epistemologies and philosophies of knowledge;
2. assess the rigor of proposed research and research methodologies;
3. develop research questions and hypotheses and to choose appropriate methods to research them;
4. apply appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods to a particular research problem;
5. understand aspects of positionality and subjectivity in scholarly research
6. critically analyse, design, operationalise, and write research studies

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

Semester 1; on campus and distance education.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial assignments 15%; quantitative assignment 40%; qualitative assignment 38%, participation in class discussions 7%  

The change in indicative assessment is due to informal feedback received from students in Semester 1 2010, which indicated that they prefer to have assessment spread over several items, including participation in class discussions that involve a good amount of preparation.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

4 contact hours and about 6 hours reading and writing per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the course you must have previously successfully completed EMDV8013.

Prescribed Texts

Journal articles and book chapters.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2923 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person
3801 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 Online

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