Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

A34577 Qualitative Methodology and Analysis
(Last Updated:26 August 2017)

Year  17/18

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.
  LBR Module

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: Registration as a postgraduate student in the School of Community Health Sciences

Corequisites:  None.

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:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 8 weeks1 per week2 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:

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
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

Education Aims:  

The aim of the module is that students develop:


Learning Outcomes:  

Knowledge and understanding. All students must be able to demonstrate:

Skills and other attributes

Professional practical skills. Students will be expected to be able to

Transferable (key) skills. Students will be expected to be able to:

Offering School:  Medicine

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