Courses & Units

Professional Research Methods KGA703


This unit focuses on learning research methods to solve real problems. You will come to understand how to design research, define an argument in response to the problems, use scholarly databases, consider ethical issues in data collection, generate field data, analyse and present these data, interpret results, and reflect on all these processes and their application to, for example, policy and professional contexts. The unit is a professional pathway in Masters programs in geography, planning, and spatial sciences.


Unit name Professional Research Methods
Unit code KGA703
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Professor Elaine Stratford
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • model professional conduct by engaging in mixed methods research design and reporting
  • collect, query, and produce spatial information to answer research questions and show how answers may inform policy and professional contexts
  • collect and analyse environmental data to answer research questions and communicate those in ways suitable for the public
  • collect and analyse social data to answer research questions and show how answers may inform policy and professional contexts
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050900 $2,075.00 $2,075.00 not applicable $5,844.00

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Teaching Pattern

Each week, students must complete a small amount of targeted pre-reading and must attend workshops in Zoom. Students must also do work to progress all assessments in a sequenced way, and that sequence will be described to them in Week 1 and again each week. In week 9, students based in Hobart and environs will attend a 6-hour field trip to Mount Nelson. Those remote from Hobart or offshore will have access to a virtual field trip.

AssessmentBenchmark exercises (25%)|Social methods report (25%)|Environmental methods fact sheet (25%)|Spatial methods report (25%)
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Please consult the KGA703 reading list in the Library.


Please consult the KGA703 reading list in the Library.

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