The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Provides a generic introduction to the knowledge, skills and tools that a student will require when undertaking a qualitative research study in education. In particular, the subject focuses on the areas of data collection and analysis. Emphasis is given to understanding, evaluating, and gaining experience in the multiple processes of gathering, managing, exploring, interrogating and interpreting textual data. This will include practical sessions in using and evaluating Qualitative Data Analysis Software. Students will be encouraged to apply their skills to data that is relevant to their particular specialist needs.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. To gain a knowledge of sound research practice across a range of qualitative traditions

2. To gain knowledge and skills in qualitative research design, and methods

3. To gain knowledge and skills in gathering and analysing educational research data obtained through qualitative methods

4. To gain knowledge and skills in presenting and evaluating qualitative research findings

5. To gain knowledge and skills in managing a qualitative research project


Introduction to qualitative research methods in education (including gathering data by means of interviews, observations, artifacts, document analysis) their variations and use within the major qualitative research traditions;How to manage a research project (including keeping a research journal, field notes, organising computer and other storage of information and materials, handling writing and data gathering phases or stages, building in ways of cross-checking and verifying accuracy of data and appropriateness of interpretation, and in combining methods to best effect);Exploring the uses of computers in managing and analysis of data, and in assisting theory building;Practical experience of text analysis, interrogation and exploration using manual methods and computer assisted methods in several sessions that assist the student to use QRSN6/N Vivo software;Exploring alternative means of presenting qualitative findings (ranging from simple cross- tabulations, pictorial representation and mapping, through to various narrative strategies, including potential uses of computers at this stage).

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Essay: Issues in qualitative research design

Written Assignment: Analysis of Text and reporting

Journal: Research Journal

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term