Qualitative Methods (Previously SGY388) - 2013

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2013: Sess 3
  • Assessment: Assignment (20%) , Interview (20%) - Learn more

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2013 Fees
Domestic 2,150.00
International 2,400.00

This unit will introduce you to the key techniques used by qualitative researchers; explain when and why they are used and give you the chance to try them out in practice. It is organised in four modules: getting started; observing; interviewing techniques; and analysis and writing. The research skills you develop in this unit have many possible applications including, but not limited to: in the bureaucracy, working for a public inquiry; testing public opinion for political parties; marketing a new product; campaigning in a social movement; understanding the impact of a new industry on your local community.

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 firsthand 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 (20%)
  • Interview (20%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Research Project (50%)

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:

  • SGY388 — Qualitative Methods
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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: key concepts and unit overview
2What is qualitative research?
3Ethics and politics
4Learning to look
5Learning to listen
6Observing in the field
7The interview
8The focus group
9Analysing and writing
10Grounded theory
11Computers in qualitative research
12Politics, power and other methods
13Research design and wrap

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Social Research Methods

    By:Bryman, Alan

    ISBN: -


    Supplier:Go to Unibooks

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