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RESM6305 Mixed Methods

Module Overview

University of Southampton 2 Module Profile 23 February 2017 Mixed Methods 2017-18 This module will introduce you to the use of mixed methods for approaching and addressing research questions in a range of disciplines within social and human sciences. You will be introduced to the theories of mixed methods, and examine the ways in which quantitative and qualitative research designs interact in the context of addressing a research question. You will also be introduced to examples of mixed methods applications within a range of research topics. The module includes a total of 15 contact hours, which includes 4 hours of face-to-face lectures; 4 hours of face-to-face tutor-led tutorials; 5 hours of audio-recorded case studies accessible via Blackboard; and 2 hours of an NVivo workshop on the use of mixed methods.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module is aimed at: • Introducing students to the use of mixed methods for approaching and addressing research questions from a range of disciplines in social and human sciences. • Encouraging the appreciation of the links and interaction between qualitative and quantitative methodologies through case studies.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Know and understand the integrated or complementary nature of the relationship between methods in mixed methods research designs in a range of disciplines in social and human sciences.
  • Know and understand the ethical and epistemological issues involved when using mixed methods.
  • Knowl and understand the strengths and weaknesses of using mixed methods in order to address research questions.
  • Critically evaluate the mixed methods used in examples of research.
  • Critically engage in seminar discussions on the use of mixed methods.
  • Design a project combining different methods of analysis.
  • Use NVivo software to analyse qualitative and quantitative data simultaneously.

Syllabus

The module will include lectures on: the theoretical foundations of mixed methods research; ethical and epistemological issues when applying mixed research methods; the strengths and weaknesses of using mixed methods to address research questions.

Special Features

All lectures and case studies will be audio-recorded and placed on Blackboard, therefore students can access and revisit the learning material in a flexible manner.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module involves 4 one-hour lectures on the principles of using mixed methods; the ethical; and epistemological issues arising from the use of mixed methods; and the strengths and weaknesses of using mixed methods. The lectures are followed by 4 one-hour tutorials, where students are invited to discuss issues or questions related to the lectures. In addition, a number of case studies (between 5-10 in 2017-18) using mixed methods to address a range of research questions will be audio-recorded and made accessible to students via Blackboard (each case study is expected to last approximately 60 minutes). The learning activities include lectures, which will also be audio-recorded and accessible on Blackboard, tutor-led tutorials discussing the lecture content, audio-recorded case studies, formative and summative assessment during the module, and independent study. Students are expected to carry out some reading in advance or after each lecture and tutorials, in order to make the most of the sessions.

TypeHours
Teaching15
Independent Study85
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Bergman, M.M. (2008). Advances in mixed methods research: theories and applications.. 

Hesse-Biber, S.N. (2010). Mixed methods research: merging theory with practice.. 

Alasuutari, P. et al (eds) (2008). The Sage Handbook of Social Research Methods. 

Creswell, J.W. (2015). A concise introduction to mixed methods research. 

Edmonds, W.A. (2013). An applied reference guide to research designs: quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (3000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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Co-requisites

To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

CodeModule
RESM6004Quantitative Methods 1
RESM6003Qualitative Methods 1
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