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.
    • Introduction to the Unit
    • Introduction to Research
    • Reviewing the Literature
    • Research Strategy & Methodology
    • Questionnaire Design
    • Quantitative Analysi
    • Interviews and Focus Groups
    • Place-based Methods 1: Quantitative Methods
    • Place-based Methods 2: Qualitative Methods
    • Text Analysis/Qualitative Analysis
    • 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
      • Audio-Video streaming

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

CUR-URP540-Introduction to Planning


This subject is a prerequisite for other subjects and must be taken prior to URP650 Planning Masters Dissertation. It is strongly advised that you have completed at least 150 credits in the degree including URP530 Planning Theory 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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  • Literature Review (30%)
  • Exercise (10%)
  • Research Proposal (40%)
  • Presentation (20%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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