Qualitative Methods - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 3
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,317.00
International 2,567.00

This unit was previously known as SGY888 Qualitative Methods.

This unit provides students with an opportunity to develop practical skills collecting, analysing and presenting data to address essential research questions. The unit introduces participants to a wide range of qualitative research methods, including observation, participant observation, interviewing, the use of focus groups and unobtrusive research methods. Students will also learn how to organise and analyse qualitative research data. The unit adopts a hands-on approach to provide an opportunity to develop research skills and a critical perspective of the research process itself.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the nature of qualitative research procedures and what makes them distinctive
  2. understand when qualitative techniques should be used and when they are unsuitable
  3. appreciate the ethical dimensions of research practice
  4. locate information and critically evaluate the findings of previous research
  5. draw upon first hand experience in using the techniques of observation and interviewing
  6. analyse primary data collected from qualitative research
  7. apply the techniques of 'grounded theory' in qualitative data analysis.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Research Assignment (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SGY888 — Qualitative Methods (Previously SGY388)

Admission to the below courses

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Qualitative Research
2Is Qualitative Research a Science?
3Designing Qualitative Research
4Research Ethics and Politics
5Different Approaches to Qualitative Observation as a Method
6The Interview Technique
7The Interview in Practice
8Focus Groups
9Content Analysis, Visual Techniques and Task-oriented methods
10Introduction to Qualitative Analysis
11Grounded Theory
12Interrogating the Text
13Writing and Wrapping Up

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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