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Qualitative Research and Analysis

Key facts

  • Module codeNURP003/NURP004
  • Start date 17 Sep 2018
  • Application deadline15 Jul 2018
  • DurationNURP003: 15 weeks NURP004: 30 weeks
  • Days on campus0
  • Credit value SCQFSCQF 11 20
  • Fees Non-overseas: £522 Overseas: £857
  • Study mode Online, Part-time

This module provides an advanced introduction to Qualitative Research, with particular reference to health and social care research. Students are introduced to philosophical concepts that underpin qualitative approaches 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.

  • 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.
    • An overview of a range of qualitative approaches with their strengths and limitations.
    • Developing a deeper understanding of how qualitative research can be used to address a research question.
    • Enable students to apply techniques of qualitative analysis, interpretation and reporting.
  • Structure and content

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

    • Research paradigms and theory e.g. epistemology and reflexivity
    • 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

    Dr Fiona Harris

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