2014/2015, Semester 2
School of Design and Environment (Real Estate)
Modular Credits: 4
Research is the systematic investigation into and study of an issue or problem in order to establish facts and reach acceptable conclusions
The basic purpose of research is to teach students to work systematically and for them to learn critically to analyse issues before believing in them or acting upon them. Research is essential for understanding even basic everyday phenomena that need to be handled by individuals and organisation. The ability to undertake proper research will help students to produce new knowledge or insights in the context of the real estate discipline.
Students will be introduced to the mechanics and process of research. This module covers topics such as: problem identification and formulation, statement of research objectives, literature review, development of relevant hypothesis, research design and methodologies, data collection, statistical analyses, report writing and presentation.
Statistical techniques such as descriptive and inferential statistics, time series, and multivariate statistical methods will be introduced. The emphasis is on the application of the statistical tools to real estate research questions. Students will also learn to apply basic statistical tools with hands-on practices on software like SPSS and Eview.
A basic understanding of Probability Theories and Statistics.
The pedagogical methods include lectures, tutorials, solving problem sets, applying models using SPSS, and individual project.
Lecture: Every Wednesday, LR426, 10 am to 12 noon
Tutorial: Alternate week on Thursday depending on your assigned odd- or even-week groups
The following topics will be covered in this module:
1. Introduction. Why do research?
2. The research process
3. Research problems
4. Research design
6. Sources of data
7. Data collection
8. Sampling in empirical research
9. Preparation & analysis of data
10. Implementation - Quantitative data analysis
11. Implementation - Qualitative data analysis
12. Writing the research report
Basis of assessement:
• Tutorial Participation (10%)
• Individual Project (40%)
• 2-hour Written Open-book Exam (50%)