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FMHU5004: Qualitative Analysis and Writing in Health

This advanced unit of study extends students' practical and theoretical knowledge of qualitative research to provide advanced concepts and skills in qualitative data analysis and writing. We will explore the principles of qualitative analysis, review different analytic strategies and key analytic tools. You will learn how to develop codes and themes, use memos and analytic maps, and interpret data through the process of writing. You will learn about starting writing, structuring articles, making analytic arguments, and editing your own work. Throughout, we will consider what it means to think and write 'qualitatively'. Students will conduct a Thematic Analysis on a portfolio of qualitative data and produce a results and discussion section for a journal article. After completing this unit, you will have increased your experience, skills and confidence in qualitative data analysis and writing.

Code FMHU5004
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
FMHU5003 or PUBH5505 or QUAL5005 or QUAL5006 or GLOH5201
Assumed knowledge:
Students should have an understanding of qualitative research as this unit does not cover research design or data collection. Students looking for an introductory level unit should take FMHU5003 Introduction to Qualitative Research in Health.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand, explain and apply fundamental principles underlying qualitative analysis
  • LO2. systematically implement the key steps of one analytic method to a set of data
  • LO3. develop an analytic argument in a piece of qualitative writing and use data appropriately to advance this argument
  • LO4. understand and apply feedback to your analytic work and writing
  • LO5. reflect on challenges and identify strategies to improve your writing quality and productivity

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.