URP 512 L2– Research Methods in Plng
Course No.: 22929
Department: Urban and Regional Planning
Semester: 2016 Fall
Location: Hayes Hall – 106
Meeting Day(s): Tuesday-hursday
Meeting Time: 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM
This is a basic core methods course for graduate students in planning. It introduces students to the logic, structure, process, and methods of quantitative planning research. The point of this class is not to teach the theoretical derivations of statistical methods but the practical applications of these methods to equip each student with the skills necessary to reconcile gaps between perceived and observed phenomena in the planning field of study.
To achieve this goal, we will use programs such as Microsoft Excel and SPSS to analyze data and generate results based on several statistical methods. Although most statistics programs run the computations for you and quickly provide results, it is important to understand the process and to learn how to correctly interpret the results. Course topics include research ethics, research design and process, and basic methods of descriptive and inferential statistical analyses. After taking this course, students are expected to be proficient in performing analysis required for plan-making and independent research, such as a MUP thesis or project.