This module has two goals. First to teach students the foundations, principals and methods of qualitative research. Second to support students in identifying a topic and designing a research project for their third year dissertation.
One of the pre-requisites for PSYC3053
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Outline the epistemological foundations and key principals of qualitative research
- Identify methodological challenges and ethical issues of a research project and propose ways to address them.
- Critically evaluate methods, tools and techniques for collecting different types of qualitative data
- Undertake a literature review for a research study, outlining and synthesising relevant substantive and methodological debates and drawing on these to formulate clearly articulated research questions.
- Critically evaluate methods, tools and techniques for analysing qualitative data.
- Produce a clearly written and well structured dissertation proposal demonstrating correct citation and referencing.
- Design a study to address these research questions including relevant and appropriate tools and techniques for sampling, data collection and data analysis.
1.Epistemological foundations of qualitative research
2.The key principles of qualitative research
3.Collecting qualitative data – Interviews and focus groups
4.Collecting qualitative data – Ethnography and observation
5.Analysing qualitative data
1.Designing a research study (the dissertation)
2.The literature review
3.Forming research questions and designing methods.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
This module is delivered via a programme of 16 lectures, 6 seminars, and a workshop. Lectures include a research support session with the library, and a ‘career opportunities’ session with the Careers Service. The first part of the module is focused on the methods tools and techniques of qualitative research. The second is focused on the key stages of designing a research study. A mixture of synchronous and asynchronous methods are used with a blended learning approach involving lectures, reading worksheets and seminars. The two parts of the module aim to support students becoming independent learners.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Bryman, A (2004, 2008, 2012). Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Short answer worksheet||10%|
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External