Introduces students to qualitative health research methods. The course develops students' skills in qualitative research design, appraising qualitative research and conducting interpretive analysis.
Availability2017 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2017
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Understand the theoretical foundations of some of the major approaches to qualitative research
2. Understand the nature and scope of qualitative research as it applies to health;
3. Understand the ethical issues involved in qualitative research
4. Understand issues of rigour in qualitative research
5. Be able to identify appropriate contexts and questions for qualitative research in health;
6. Be able to select appropriate methods of qualitative data collection and analysis
7. Be able to critically appraise reports of qualitative research;
8. Have undertaken and reported an interpretive analysis of qualitative data
The subject is written as distance learning modules with weekly on-line discussion groups moderated by tutors.
The course content ranges from discussing the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research, to comparing the different methodological approaches, to hands-on experience analysing qualitative data.
Along the way the course covers issues such as:
- The ethical implications of qualitative research;
- The validity of qualitative research findings;
- Critically appraising qualitative research;
- The strengths and limitations of the various means of data collection: participant/non-participant, observation, interviewing, Focus Group Discussions; unobtrusive methods (such as analysing texts)
- Choosing one from the various approaches to data analysis, for example: grounded theorising; discourse analysis.
- The application of different methods of theory-building in qualitative data analysis;
- Testing and confirming findings in qualitative research;
- Triangulation and other means to strengthening validity of qualitative research;
- Writing a qualitative research report.
The course gives students the opportunity for hands-on experience with interpretive analysis i.e. coding and categorising qualitative data.
Written Assignment: Written Assessment 1
Written Assignment: Written Assessment 2
Written Assignment: Written Assessment 3
Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term