A34577 Qualitative Methodology and Analysis
(Last Updated:26 August 2017)
Total Credits: 10
Level: Level 4
Target Students: Primarily postgraduate students in the School of Community Health Sciences There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.
|Spring ||Assessed by end of Spring Semester |
Prerequisites: Registration as a postgraduate student in the School of Community Health Sciences
Summary of Content:
Qualitative research methods are increasingly recognised as making an important contribution to understanding people’s behaviour and health.
This module introduces the language and concepts in this field, and how these converge with and diverge from quantitative approaches. Contemporary debates and developments in qualitative research will be examined, drawing on examples of research pertinent to public health.
The module will introduce the spectrum of methods and analytical approaches, and provide opportunities to learn and read about, and to undertake practical exercises relating to commonly used and emergent qualitative methods relevant to public health.
The module will include information on, and practical exercises in appraisal of written qualitative research.
Structured participatory activities will be used to enable students to apply the concepts and knowledge areas covered.
Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture ||8 weeks||1 per week||2 hours |
Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester
Further Activity Details:
- 20 hours of lectures with discussion and small group activities, across the Semester.
- 50 hours of compulsory reading and further self-directed background reading.
- Additional private study.
Method of Assessment:
|Coursework 1 ||30 ||A written appraisal and critique of a qualitative research paper: 700 words. |
|Coursework 2 ||70 ||A written assignment entailing analysis of data: 2000 words (plus additional appendices). |
Dr K Hinsliff-Smith
Dr M Bains
The aim of the module is that students develop:
- an understanding of the basic concepts of qualitative research, and of the relations between quantitative and qualitative research
- an understanding of how qualitative research can be used to investigate matters pertinent to public health
- basic skills in appraising qualitative research papers and reports
- preliminary skills in designing qualitative research – in terms of recognising the sorts of questions and areas of investigation relevant to qualitative research, and appropriately selecting methods of data collection and analysis
- preliminary skills in conducting and writing up collection and analysis of qualitative data.
- To enable the students to understand and make sense of the purpose and methods of qualitative research
- To enable students to recognise and reflect on the debates and controversies within qualitative research
- To provide students with principles and a framework with which to critically appraise qualitative research reports
- To enable students to identify and describe a range of methodological approaches and research methods commonly used in qualitative research
- To give students practical experience of applying their learning.
Knowledge and understanding. All students must be able to demonstrate:
- recognition of the underlying concepts and conceptual debates in qualitative (health related) research
- knowledge of the principles of critically appraising qualitative research
- understanding of the sort of topic and questions amenable to qualitative research and knowledge of public health related research issues that have been addressed through qualitative research
- knowledge of a range of methods of qualitative research data collection and data analysis
- knowledge of how to search (electronically) for and identify qualitative research publications pertinent to public health
Skills and other attributes
- ability to identify topics and issues in their own area of interest that would be amenable to qualitative research
- ability to identify suitable qualitative research methods through which to investigate such topics
- ability to read and critically appraise qualitative research in a structured and systematic way
- ability to undertake transcription and organisation of data, and to perform preliminary analyses of these data using a qualitative approach
Professional practical skills. Students will be expected to be able to
- search for and identify qualitative research relevant to public health issues
- appraise the relevance and rigour of this research
- seek, reflect upon, and utilise methodological texts and examples in order to plan and design qualitative data collection and analysis
- make in depth observations and reflections upon qualitative data
- organise and present data and observations in an organised and coherent manner
- understand and employ terminology used in this field
- work independently and to deadlines
- prepare, deliver and discuss time-limited verbal presentations and written presentations.
Transferable (key) skills. Students will be expected to be able to:
- exercise initiative, integrity and personal responsibility in conducting their professional role
- collect, organise and store data, information and analytic materials in a systematic and productive manner
- communicate simple and complex knowledge or arguments both orally and in writing, discussing appropriately
- use electronic information systems to communicate, retrieve and send information and analyse data, including email, word-processing and the WWW.
- be independent learners engaged in continuing professional development and with the ability to evaluate and assess personal abilities, reflect on individual and group performance and seek help and advice when necessary.
Offering School: Medicine
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