This course provides students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the research methodology and techniques in geography. The course is specially designed to provide competence to undergraduates to conduct independent research.

The course consists of a preliminary survey of the nature of scientific inquiry and research, the identification of research problems, methods of geographical research, data collection, the application of elementary statistical techniques, and sampling and field study methods. The course is divided into the following sections: basic elements of research; field methods; data collection and processing; and data analysis and presentation. End of this course, students are expected to submit a research proposal relevant to their final year thesis topic.