Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. evaluate the appropriateness of different research methodologies for a range of planning research topics
  2. produce a literature review on a planning research topic
  3. design a research proposal for the Planning Dissertation subjects.
  • Topics

    • Introduction to Research
    • Topic Development and Refinement
    • Reviewing the Literature
    • Research Strategy and Methodology
    • Research Methods
    • Research Proposal
    • Ethics
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

CUR-URP540-Introduction to Planning


It is strongly advised that you have completed at least 150 credits in the degree and completion of URP530 Planning Theory is highly recommended prior to enrolling in this subject.

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Access to hardware: webcam, speakers and microphone

This subject was previously known as Planning Research Methods.

This subject examines the appropriateness and design of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, critical thinking skills and literature reviews. Design of an individual research program for a topic to be undertaken in a dissertation.

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  • Presentation (20%)
  • Research Proposal (40%)
  • Literature Review (30%)
  • Exercise (10%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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