This unit of study develops students' ability to plan, conduct and analyse qualitative research studies. Studies that exemplify qualitative research principles and processes are drawn from disciplines including psychology, sociology, gender studies and education. On completion of this unit of study students will be able to: appreciate the contribution made by qualitative research methods and the ways in which they may be used in social research; understand the various design elements in qualitative studies including methods, sampling, analysis and presentation. The philosophical background to social research and appropriate theoretical frameworks are presented in this unit and students will have the opportunity to undertake a small scale qualitative project.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
APS2030

Prerequisites

APP1013 - Psychology 1B

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise the values, principles and assumptions that underpin different forms of research;  
  2. Differentiate between theoretical frameworks and methods used in qualitative research;  
  3. Collaborate in designing and conducting, a small scale qualitative research project in an ethical and professional manner; and  
  4. Critically review literature and discuss research project findings in relation to literature base.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Project Group Project Proposal (Groups of 4)(500 words per individual) 25%
Report Group small scale qualitative research report (Groups of 4, 2000 words per individual) Submission in 2 parts: Part 1-25%, Part 2-30%. 55%
Test Test (1.5 hour) 20%

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