Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will be introduced to issues critical for qualitative enquiry such as philosophical foundations, theory building, the design and conduct of qualitative study, methods of data collection and analysis, researcher role, ethics, quality of qualitative research, presentation of findings and the writing of a qualitative research paper. Students will design and execute a small qualitative research project. Throughout the semester, students explore a variety of qualitative research methodologies such as descriptive studies, ground theory, ethnography, action research, unobtrusive observation, case study, phenomenology, etc. The subject content and structure will be responsive to students' needs with practical skill development being emphasised, such as data collection and analysis strategies.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorVirginia Dickson-Swift

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE2AHR or appropriate studies in research methodologies.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorVirginia Dickson-Swift

Class requirements

Block Mode
One 5.0 days block mode per study period and delivered via blended.
"39 hours per semester (equivalent of 13 hours lectures, 13 hours of seminars and 13 hours of tutorial activities per study period) offered in a blend of face to face and/or online learning."


Assessment elementComments%
1,800-word individual report40
10-min individual presentation (equiv to 500 words)20
15-min data collection task with field notes or data collected (equiv to 1,200 words)20
six discussion postings (equiv to 900 words)20