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
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.
Quiz: Online Quiz
Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1
Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2
Written Assignment: Written Assignment 3
Written Assignment: Written Assignment 4
Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
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