090014 Fundamentals of Qualitative Research
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Credit points: 3 cp
PostgraduateResult type: Grade and marks
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This subject provides a practical introduction to qualitative research in health. Students build skills and knowledge concerning the role and application of qualitative research in health and the relationship between qualitative research questions, theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, data collection and analysis. Students have the opportunity to apply their learning by developing a proposal for a qualitative study and, with the approval of the subject coordinator, undertake fieldwork, analyse data and report the subsequent findings.
Subject learning objectives (SLOs)
|A.||Justify the selection of a theoretical position, qualitative data collection tool/s and a method of analyzing data for a proposed study that is aligned with an appropriate research question|
|B.||Identify a theoretical position in qualitative health research|
|C.||Discuss practical and ethical issues in relation to non-probability sampling and participant recruitment, particularly in the context of research with vulnerable populations|
|D.||Demonstrate data analysis according to a selected approach|
|E.||Demonstrate rigor, trustworthiness and critical reflexivity|
|F.||Apply quality reporting criteria for qualitative research|
Teaching and learning strategies
This blended-learning subject is taught in three face-to-face workshops (3 hours each) and through weekly active online learning distributed over a period of six weeks. There is an expectation that students attend all workshops to get the most out of the subject. Online activities and tutorial-style face-to-face workshops give students the opportunity to prepare workshop activities, gain knowledge using a range of material including case studies and apply their knowledge in real-world exercises and role-plays. During workshops students will engage in group activities to discuss, analyse, and develop ideas to address contemporary public health issues using qualitative research methods and theory.
Online activities will provide students with relevant material to deepen their understanding of qualitative research concepts and theories. Assessments are designed to complement the learning by providing students with the opportunity to practically apply theories and track their understanding of qualitative research methodology relevant to public health. Students will receive feedback from teaching staff and peers in workshops, and in online discussion and activities and on assessment tasks.
- Theoretical perspectives in qualitative health research
- Planning and designing a qualitative health study
- Designing and conducting qualitative data collection methods
- Accessing vulnerable, marginalized and underserved populations & gathering data on sensitive issues
- Key concepts in qualitative research: rigour, reflexivity and transferability
- Analysing qualitative data
- Appraising qualitative research reporting
Assessment task 1: Research Proposal
This assessment enables students to develop a proposal for qualitative research.
Maximum 1,000 words excluding references
Assessment task 2: Fieldwork Report
This assessment allows students to undertake fieldwork, analyse data and report the subsequent findings.
1,500 words excluding references
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