Qualitative Research and Analysis

This module provides an advanced introduction to Qualitative Research methods, which are widely applicable and transferable to a range of occupational settings, with particular reference to health and social care research. Students are introduced to some basic philosophical concepts that underpin qualitative approaches, provided with an overview of data collection techniques and given practical training in qualitative analysis using QSR NVivo software.

This module is a pre-requisite for students who intend on completing a 'research proposal dissertation' in Year 3.

Study method: Part-time, Online

MRes Health using PC
  • Module code NURP003/NURP004
  • Application deadline 23 November
  • Duration 15 weeks or 30 weeks
  • Days on campus 0
  • Credit value SCQF 11 20
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Entrance Requirements

The module is suitable for professionals from a wide range of health and social care backgrounds, as well as students from other academic disciplines.

Objectives

The module aims to provide:

 

  • An introduction to epistemology and the links between theory, methodology and choice of research design and methods.
  • An overview of a range of qualitative methods, including: ethnographic research and participant observation; the use of interviewing; focus groups; case studies and the strength and limitations of such approaches.
  • Developing a deeper understanding of how qualitative research can be used to address a research question.
  • Enable students to apply basic techniques of qualitative analysis, interpretation and reporting.

 

Structure and Content

This module provides an overview of a range of qualitative methods and approaches and develops skills in qualitative analysis. Study is via online materials and podcasts, which lead the student through four study units:

  • Research paradigms and theory e.g. epistemology and reflexivity
  • Applying qualitative research: data collection and sampling
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Writing up and reporting qualitative analysis.

The assignment for this module emphasises research skills, thus students will be asked to write a report based on the qualitative analysis of interview transcripts from a real health research project. Students are supported via online ‘Collaborate’ sessions when they will be able to see analytical techniques demonstrated and can take part in guided discussions.

 

Delivery and Assessment

The assignment for this module emphasises research skills, thus students will be asked to write a report based on the qualitative analysis of interview transcripts from a real health research project. Students are supported via online ‘Collaborate’ sessions when they will be able to see analytical techniques demonstrated and can take part in guided discussions.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module students should be able to:

 

  • Critically discuss theoretical issues central to the conduct of qualitative research and design
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the qualitative research process including strengths and limitations of such approaches.
  • Demonstrate skills in thematic analysis, including the use of analytical software (NVivo)
  • Be able to write up results from qualitative analysis in appropriate reporting formats
  • Show an understanding of when and how to conduct qualitative research and analysis.
  • Demonstrate an ability to generate explanatory theory and report qualitative results.

 

Students will develop written communication skills and will particularly focus on the development of critical reflection, analysis and interpretation.

Reading list

There is no required preparatory reading for this course. However, the recommended textbook is Silverman, David (2013) Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook, London: Sage.

Module Co-ordinator(s)

Dr Fiona Harris

Strengths

Those who complete this module will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and capabilities needed to complete the dissertation option, Research Proposal. 

Application deadline Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:11:00 GMT

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