Award: 5 credits at Level 9 towards 90 credit Master in Education (Leadership)
Duration: 15/09/2014 - 24/10/2014
Start Date: 15/09/2014 (Semester 1 part one: Masters programme only)

EDUC42390 Qualitative Research Methods


This module will explore different qualitative research methods, including research interviews, focus groups, discourse analysis, visual analysis and ethnography. At the same time, it will reflect upon theoretical and intellectual issues relating to the practice of doing qualitative research. The module will address key issues, debates and controversies relevant for the way we design and evaluate qualitative studies, while also addressing issues about how such studies are intended to function vis-a-vis the reader.

What will I study?

This module will explore different qualitative research methods, including research interviews, focus groups, discourse analysis, visual analysis and ethnography. At the same time, it will reflect upon theoretical and intellectual issues relating to the practice of doing qualitative research. The module will address key issues, debates and controversies relevant for the way we design and evaluate qualitative studies, while also addressing issues about how such studies are intended to function vis a vis the reader.

How will I study?

This module will be fully online. Key readings and recorded lectures will be assigned for each of the 6 weeks and an online 90 minute weekly tutorial will support each of the research methodologies to be explored.

Expected Commitment

The expected workload is as follows:

  • Contribution to weekly online discussion forum 20 hours
  • Student Autonomous Learning (additional reading etc) 60 hours
  • Assignment 30 hours

How will I be assessed?

Description

Different assessment options are available – details will be provided at the start of the module

% of Final Grade

 

Timing

Variable

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module I will be able to:

  1. Identify the core principles of qualitative research.
  2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of a broad range of qualitative research techniques.
  3. Engage in practical experience of undertaking qualitative data collection.
  4. Acquire practical experience of some methods of qualitative data analysis and presentation.
  5. Engage in a critical exploration of ethics in qualitative research.
  6. Make connections between the empirical, methodological and epistemological issues involved in conducting fieldwork and to reflect critically their own experience.
  7. Develop teamwork, oral, and written skills.