GEOG309-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Research Methods in Geography

30 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


The goals of this course are to develop students' ability to undertake geographical research and to foster a critical appreciation of the research of others, both in preparation for graduate study and for entry into the workforce. This course takes a novel approach being based on problem-based learning in which students learn by being engaged in the research process. The training, practice and critical evaluation of the conduct of geographical research is carried out in groups with the communication of research findings using oral, numerate and written skills. The course is taught through occasional lectures and regular two-hour work-group meetings each week, supported by the availability of web-based resources, as well as active involvement in two field trips. The emphasis is on students working together to solve real world problems using transferable workplace skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • The goal of this course is to develop students’ abilities to undertake geographical research, whilst gaining an appreciation of how to work in the community on ‘real’ issues, and developing team-work skills.

    Students successfully completing this course should have an understanding of:
  • How to conceive, develop and execute a research project using problem-based learning
  • How to work successfully with others using service learning
  • How research is framed by broader conceptual and analytical frameworks
  • Effective research design

    Students will be able to:
  • Undertake and deliver a research programme in a specified amount of time
  • Work effectively in groups
  • Select and use appropriate geographical techniques in research
  • Reflect critically on their research and that of others
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


30 points of 200 level geography, or in special cases with approval of the Head of Department.


GEOG204, GEOG303

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 16:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 22 Jul
20 Aug - 26 Aug
24 Sep - 30 Sep
15 Oct - 21 Oct

Timetable Note

There is an out of town workshop for all students on Saturday to Sunday 28-29 July. Attendance at this is a course requirement and no exceptions can be made.

Course Coordinator

Simon Kingham


Heather Purdie

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,668.00

International fee $7,575.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.

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