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QUAL5005: Introducing Qualitative Health Research

Introducing Qualitative Health Research is perfect if you're a beginner and want to gain an overview of this research approach. Over the course of the unit we will address: What is qualitative research? How is it different from quantitative research? What research problems can it address? How do I design a qualitative study? What are the different (and best) ways to generate data? How do you analyse qualitative data? How are theories used in qualitative research? What is good quality qualitative research? Can I generalise qualitative findings? You will get practical experience and skills through carrying out an observation, participating in a focus group, conducting an interview, analysing data, arguing for qualitative research in health, and appraising the quality of published literature. You will also meet working qualitative researchers and hear about their projects. This introductory Unit will give you the skills and confidence to begin evaluating qualitative literature and doing qualitative research for yourself.

Code QUAL5005
Academic unit
Credit points 4
PUBH5500 or QUAL5006

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

  • LO1. describe the characteristics and value of qualitative research
  • LO2. understand and apply the principles underlying qualitative study design
  • LO3. understand and apply qualitative data collection principles and evaluate your data collection skills
  • LO4. understand qualitative data analysis principles and analyse qualitative data at an introductory level
  • LO5. evaluate the quality and contribution to knowledge of published qualitative literature, and argue for the value and usefulness of qualitative research.

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