Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Geography and Environmental Science
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Haripriya Rangan; Dr Vanessa Wong


Previously coded GES3270


This unit trains students in basic research design skills in geography and environmental science. The unit is of relevance to both applied and academic careers, in both the human and physical sub-disciplines of geography. Students will gain an understanding of good research design, the philosophies of knowledge that underpin research approaches, as well as engage with the detailed techniques of selected research methods. Students have the opportunity to prepare a research design proposal on a topic of their choice, presenting an ideal opportunity for students to progress their thinking about Honours or other postgraduate research projects.


By the end of the unit, students will:

  1. have a knowledge of, and develop a critical appreciation for, the research philosophies and traditions in geographical research
  2. be competent in designing research including the appropriate selection of methodologies and research techniques;
  3. have a critical appreciation of the ethical issues involved in research;
  4. demonstrate capacity to work independently to generate new and interesting questions for geographical research based on sound and valid research approaches.


Initial proposal: 10%
Full research proposal: 60%
Project presentation: 10%
Open book exam(1 hour): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Haripriya Rangan; Dr Vanessa Wong

Workload requirements

3 hour block consisting of a variety of lectures, workshops and practical sessions.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study