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XX50138: Qualitative methods 2

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (units for MRes programmes)
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 50%, OT 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (ES 50%)
  • Report of project on data analysis - group presentation (OT 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take XX50136
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The unit aims to equip students with a thoroughunderstanding of basic qualitative methods in social sciences research, and with the conceptual and practical skills to begin to conduct, analyse, interpret and present qualitative research.

Learning Outcomes:

* Critical understanding of qualitative methods in terms of design, implementation, data analyses and presentation of findings;
* Critical understanding of relationship between qualitative and quantitative methods, and ability to develop rigorous arguments using appropriate qualitative methods;
* Critical understanding of the epistemological assumptions that underpin qualitative methodologies;
* Identify and critically conceptualise appropriate criteria to assess the quality, rigour and integrity of qualitative research;
* Critical understanding of the ethics involved in qualitative research.

Skills:

* Be able to generate researchable problems using qualitative methods
* Be able to select appropriate qualitative methods for research questions in relation to their own discipline
* Be able to conduct research using qualitative methods, including the use of recording techniques
* Be able to manage qualitative data
* Be familiar with methods for the analysis of qualitative data, including computer-based techniques
* Acquire presentational skills
* Appreciate cross-cultural issues in qualitative research
* Be able to identify and address ethical issues arising from qualitative research.

Content:
The unit builds on Qualitative Methods 1 through more advanced methods of data analysis, more discipline-specific developments of appropriate techniques, and greater emphasis on presentation of findings. The unit will comprise of day long workshops on selected qualitative research methods, and support for group based research projects.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

XX50138 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology

XX50138 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Education Department for Health Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • THXX-AFM50 : MRes Politics & International Studies
  • THXX-AFM51 : MRes Politics & International Studies (Leading to PhD)
Department of Psychology Department of Social & Policy Sciences

XX50138 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Education Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • THXX-AFM50 : MRes Politics & International Studies
  • THXX-AFM51 : MRes Politics & International Studies (Leading to PhD)
Department of Social & Policy Sciences

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