20 credits at level HE7
This module will facilitate an advanced appreciation and understanding of qualitative inquiry methodologies. The module will consider the philosophical and ethical facets of differing research designs in conjunction with contextual prgamatic considerations. The module also considers the range of methodologies, theoretical and practical issues/aspects around qualitative data collection, handling, coding and analysis using both hand and computer-assisted techniques.
Qualitative inquiry - research paradigms/philosophy and interpretive approaches - narrative, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, case study
Governance and ethical considerations and researcher agency
Qualitative methods - action research, diaries and journalling, focus groups, interviews, observation
Data collection - sources and types of qualitative data including narrative, text, audio and video recording
Data handling, management and storage including Data Protection Act
Coding and analysis - theoretical concepts and practical hands on management of qualitative data including conversations, discourse, textual, policy,protocol and content analysis using hand and computer-assisted tools and frameworks
Writing up and reporting qualitative inquiry reports
The module delivery will include a combination of lead lectures, guided reading, seminars and group workshops.
Inter-disciplinary learning opportunities will be encouraged and facilitated through group activities with more focussed discipline specific learning opportunities if appropriate.
Assessment will be through applied activities linking theoretical constructs to the individual learners context.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Develop a critical understanding of the merits and implications of the varying philosophical approaches to qualitative inquiry||Be able to demonstrate a robust argument to underpinning philosophical assumptions in qualitative inquiry|
|2.||Be able to critically evaluate alternative research designs, techniques, methods and data sources||Be able to select an appropriate qualitative design for study|
|3.||Critically appreciate the role/agency of the researcher in the the differing inquiry approaches. Including the ethics, access and researcher accountability.||Be able to justify the researcher's role and agency within differing research designs|
|4.||Have a critical awareness of practical aspects of qualitative data collection and recording||Demonstrate the nature of qualitative data, its recording, management and storage|
|5.||Be familiar with and critically understand the strategies and techniques for coding and analysing data by hand and use of computer software where appropriate||Articulate and evaluate varying strategies and tools for qualitative data analysis|
|6.||Be aware of the ethical and practical processes involved in writing up qualitative inquiry reports||Demonstrate an awareness of the quality frameworks and principles underpinning the presentation of qualitative inquiry|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A critical appraisal/evaluation of the philosophical approach underpinning a piece of published research Max 2500 words||Coding and analysis of qualitative data including a reflective narrative on their interpretation of the analysis and upon their learning Max 2500words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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