The module progresses through the key phases of qualitative research design and implementation, emphasising the (often iterative) links between these activities: epistemological concerns, research questions, data collection and analysis techniques, and the interpretation and implications of qualitative findings. This module is divided into six three-hour interactive sessions that cover methodological concepts used in applied psychology and provide formative hands-on opportunities for skills development. Sessions are structured to facilitate both conceptual learning and the development of applied research skills. Students are expected to take an active role in class.
The module is aligned with the Research Development Framework (RDF) in the following ways.
1. Knowledge base.
- The methods and techniques appropriate for research design
- Literacy and numeracy skills and language abilities appropriate for research
- How to identify, apply and develop methods and techniques appropriate for research projects.
2. Cognitive abilities.
- How to analyse and evaluate findings using appropriate methods
- How to recognise and validate problems; formulate and apply solutions to a range of research problems
One of the pre-requisites for PSYC8042.
The module assumes basic prior knowledge of qualitative methods equivalent to that provided during an undergraduate degree in Psychology.