HSC8051 : Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Professor Joy Adamson
- Owning School: FMS Graduate School
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
The aim of this module is to provide all students with a basic grounding in qualitative research methods, so that they are able to undertake their own first piece of qualitative research.
An introduction to qualitative methods will provide students with a basic grounding in qualitative research. Combining lectures, practical sessions and self-directed learning this module will provide the first time qualitative researcher with a sound grounding in the principles, design, enactment and analysis of qualitative research. On completion of the module students will have had experience of conducting their own interviews or focus groups, as well as undertaking descriptive analysis of qualitative data. This module will equip all students with the necessary knowledge and skills to plan, conduct and analyse their first piece of interview or focus group research.
Outline Of Syllabus
The introduction to qualitative methods will cover the following topics:
• An introduction to qualitative research, its approaches and epistemology
• Design, validity and reliability in qualitative research
• Introduction to interviews and focus groups
• Ethical considerations in qualitative research
• Introduction to qualitative analysis
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||6||1:00||6:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
This module aims to provide students with the confidence and skills to undertake their own piece of qualitative research and descriptive qualitative analysis.
In order to ensure that all students are at a similar level of comprehension students will be asked to read and prepare prior to the face to face lectures and practical sessions.
The face to face teaching is designed to introduce qualitative research, describe the design and enactment for interview and focus group research There will be a mixture of lectures and seminars/practical sessions during which students will be encouraged to interact with one another and discuss/practice the use of qualitative research methods . There is a focus on practical sessions which are the most effective way to impart the skills required for qualitative research.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||100||To write a 2000 word protocol for an interview or focus group based qualitative study|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
This assessment will enable us to assess students’ ability to apply their skills and knowledge in planning and designing a qualitative interview or focus group study. Students will be expected to refer to any potential ethical challenges as well as describe how they intend to analyse their data.