Encounter a range of qualitative research methods and see how they strengthen an academic investigation.Learn techniques involving interviewing, observation and focus groups. Ground your exploration by studying the theory behind qualitative methods.
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- understand the nature of qualitative research procedures and what makes them distinctive
- understand when qualitative techniques should be used and when they are unsuitable
- appreciate the ethical dimensions of research practice
- locate information and critically evaluate the findings of previous research
- draw upon first hand experience in using the techniques of observation and interviewing
- analyse primary data collected from qualitative research
- apply the techniques of 'grounded theory' in qualitative data analysis.
- Introduction to Qualitative Research
- Is Qualitative Research a Science?
- Designing Qualitative Research
- Research Ethics and Politics
- Different Approaches to Qualitative Observation as a Method
- The Interview Technique
- The Interview in Practice
- Focus Groups
- Visual Analysis, Visual Techniques and Task-oriented methods
- Introduction to Qualitative Analysis
- Grounded Theory
- Discourse Analysis
- Writing and Wrapping Up
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Admission to the below degrees
No special requirements
This subject was previously known as SGY888 Qualitative Methods.
This subject provides students with an opportunity to develop practical skills collecting, analysing and presenting data to address essential research questions. The subject 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 subject adopts a hands-on approach to provide an opportunity to develop research skills and a critical perspective of the research process itself.
- Assignment 1 (20%)
- Assignment 2 (30%)
- Participation (10%)
- Research Assignment (40%)