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Module

ACE2078 : Qualitative Research Methods

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Menelaos Gkartzios
  • Lecturer: Dr Sophie Tindale, Professor Guy Garrod, Dr Regina Hansda, Dr Niki Rust, Dr Frances Rowe, Dr Beth Clark
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The module aims to assist students to acquire a critical appreciation of the theoretical and practical application of different qualitative research techniques. The module develops a thorough understanding of the varying requirements, advantages and disadvantages of different qualitative techniques and the ways in which the results obtained can be interpreted. In addition, it aims to equip students with a strong social science element in SNES with essential skills for the research component of their final year dissertations. Introductory sessions discuss the nature of qualitative research and its relationship with quantitative research. The most commonly used qualitative techniques (interviews, focus groups, participant observation and documents as data sources) are then discussed in terms of their theoretical underpinnings and the processes involved in applying the techniques in practice. The module then describes how to analyse, present and write-up qualitative data.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Intro to the module/characteristics of qualitative research
2. Development of qualitative research and research design
3. In-depth interviews
4. Focus groups
5. Participant observation
6. Action research
7. Qualitative data analysis
8. Thinking about using qualitative techniques in your dissertation

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable