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GEOP2010 – Theory and Methods in Human Geography

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor
Sara Fuller
6 First Walk 414
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Kate Lloyd
6 First Walk, 428
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Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Research skills are essential to understanding space and place, and for contributing to social change. This unit introduces students to the process of designing and undertaking research. It provides an overview of theoretical frameworks in human geography and planning and explores their importance in shaping how researchers and organisations identify and engage with contemporary issues. Students will develop knowledge about research methodologies and gain skills in research design, data collection and analysis through applying a variety of research methods in real life contexts. Through the unit, students will consider how research generates different types of geographical knowledge, and gain an appreciation for the wider role of research in society.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Discuss the role of research in shaping knowledge about space and place
  • ULO2: Explain how theoretical approaches in geography and planning are connected with research methodologies
  • ULO3: Identify and describe a range of research methods and forms of data analysis within geography and planning
  • ULO4: Apply research skills in practice using diverse methods of data collection and analysis

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information

Assignment requirements and submission

Detailed requirements and marking rubrics for each assessment are available from the iLearn site. All written assignments should be submitted online to Turnitin via the relevant links provided in iLearn. You are not required to submit a hardcopy of any assignments or include a cover sheet.

Assessment extensions and late penalties

Circumstances that affect your ability to complete assignments by the deadline must be discussed with the convenor (Sara) prior to the due date. Extensions will be granted only in unforeseen or exceptional circumstances according to the University Special Consideration policy. Students must apply online via AskMQ and provide appropriate supporting documentation (e.g. medical certificate).

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. 

Assessment feedback

All feedback for assignments will be made available online. The grade will be in the form of a letter as consistent with University policy (HD, D, Cr, P, F) alongside written feedback.

Delivery and Resources

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Weekly classes involve a 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour tutorial. Due to the practical and skills based nature of the unit, students are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials to enable successful completion of assessment tasks.

  • Lecture: Tuesday 3-5
  • Tutorials: Thursday 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, 4-5


Required reading (journal articles and chapters) will be listed on iLearn and available via Leganto.

Technology used and required

All enrolled students have access to the GEOP2010 website via iLearn. iLearn will provide access to lectures (powerpoint presentations for download and recordings through the University's Echo360 lecture recording facility) as well as readings, links and forum discussions. Regular access to iLearn is required in order to complete the unit.

Unit Schedule

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Week Lecture date Topic Assessment
    MODULE 1: Introducing research  
1 25th Feb Introduction (SF+KL)  
2 3rd March The role of geographic research (SF)  
3 10th March Key issues and approaches (SF)  
    MODULE 2: Quantitative approaches  
4 17th March Philosophies (SF)  
5 24th March Methods (SF) Literature review
6 31st March Analysis (SF)  
    MODULE 3: Qualitative approaches  
7 7th April Philosophies (KL) Methods toolkit- part 1
8 28th April Methods (KL)  
9 5th May Analysis (KL)  
    MODULE 4: Beyond quantitative and qualitative approaches  
10 12th May Philosophies (KL) Methods toolkit- part 2
11 19th May Methods (KL)  
12 26th May Analysis (KL)  
13 2nd June Unit reflection (SF+KL)

Methods toolkit- part 3

Methods report

Teaching staff: SF= Sara Fuller; KL= Kate Lloyd

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


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Changes since First Published

Date Description
20/02/2020 Updated unit schedule