Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Introduces students to qualitative methods, with a focus on health research. The course develops students' skills in qualitative research design, appraising qualitative research and conducting interpretive analysis.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify key features of qualitative research (M1)

2. Recognise the philosophical and theoretical foundations of some of the major approaches to qualitative research (M1, M2)

3. Identify appropriate contexts and questions for qualitative research in health (M2)

4. Demonstrate critical reflection using examples of qualitative / health research (M2, M3)

5. Describe issues of rigour in qualitative research (M3)

6. Determine appropriate methods of qualitative data collection and analysis (M4)

7. Judge how to construct and write up qualitative research (M5)

8. Critique reports of qualitative research (M1 - M6)


The subject is written as distance learning modules with regular micro-lectures and on-line discussion opportunities. The course content ranges from introducing the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research, to comparing some commonly applied methodological approaches, to options for analysing and presenting qualitative data.

Along the way, the course covers issues such as:

  • The strengths and limitations of various means of data collection;
  • The ethical implications of qualitative research;
  • The trustworthiness of qualitative research findings;
  • Appraising qualitative research; and
  • Writing up qualitative work.


Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quiz

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 3

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 4

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.