QUALITATIVE METHODS IN HEALTH RESEARCH

PHE5QMH

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students are introduced to qualitative methods and the opportunities for applying these in the health field. An overview of the research being conducted in health is used to identify the real and potential role of qualitative methods such as ethnography, interview methods, unobtrusive methods, online research and arts-based methods. Processes of qualitative methods are covered, including identifying a research problem, thinking about methodological framework, sampling and rigour, collecting data, analysing data, and writing up a thesis.  Although there are two enrolment methods, all students have access to the same teaching resources, which will be made available via the LMS.  Face to face sessions will be Echo recorded and there are also a number of recorded resources available for perusal. Online students are more than welcome to attend any face to face session if they choose during weeks 26-27.  In addition, there are three collaborate sessions for online students in the following three weeks after the block mode (weeks 28-30). 

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Higgs

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsQualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches (2nd Ed).PrescribedCreswell, J. (2007).SAGE, THOUSAND OAKS
ReadingsQualitative research methods, 4th ednPrescribedLiamputtong, PMELBOURNE OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsQualitative research: The essential guide to theory and practice.PreliminarySavin-Baden, M., & Major, C. H. (2013).ROUTLEDGE, NEW YORK
ReadingsThe Sage Handbook of qualitative researchPreliminaryDenzin, N K and Lincoln, Y SSAGE, LONDON

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Discuss how qualitative health research can address problems, issues and questions

Activities:
Series of topic specific seminars. Individual and group work exercises

02. Explain the scope of a range of qualitative research methods for different research questions

Activities:
Series of topic specific seminars. Individual and group work exercises

03. Identify the main data-collection methods used in qualitative research and explain their advantages and limitations

Activities:
Series of topic specific seminars. Individual and group work exercises

04. Design and implement a qualitative research project using theoretical frameworks, analytical approaches and regard for ethical issues

Activities:
Series of topic specific seminars. Individual and group work exercises

05. Critically assess evidence to offer answers to research questions

Activities:
Series of topic specific seminars. Individual and group work exercises

06. Appraise study conclusions from evidence reported by other studies to address similar research questions

Activities:
Series of topic specific seminars. Individual and group work exercises

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2018, Week 26-27, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Higgs

Class requirements

Lecture/Practical Week: 26 - 27
Five 5.0 hours lecture/practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 26 to week 27 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Provisional schedule 0930-1230 each day Schedule may be varied to meet the collective expressed needs and preferences of the enrolled students Franklin Street Campus Sessions to be Echo recorded"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
4500-word (major) written assignment70 04, 06, 05, 03, 02, 01
1500 word (minor) written assignment following online group discussion30 05, 06, 04, 03, 02, 01

Online, 2018, Week 26-30, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Higgs

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 26 - 29
Nine 3.0 hours block mode other recurrence from week 26 to week 29 and delivered via online.
"Self paced use of online resources and access to face to face Echo recordings equivalent of 2 one-hour lectures per week."

Collaborative Based Learning Week: 28 - 30
Three 2.0 hours collaborative based learning per week from week 28 to week 30 and delivered via online.
"Weekly forum at set time to discuss issues arising from use of the online recorded material"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
4500-word (major) written assignment70 04, 06, 05, 03, 02, 01
1500 word (minor) written assignment following online group discussion30 05, 06, 04, 03, 02, 01