Module Information

Module Identifier
PGM1120
Module Title
Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
External Examiners
  • Dr Jane Wellens (Head of Graduate School - University of Nottingham)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 2 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2,500 word Text Analysis  based on an historical or contemporary text  50%
Semester Assessment 2,500 word qualitative essay  which discusses the application of survey methods and three types of quantitative and qualitative techniques to a research project of students choice.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Text Analysis  - resubmission of failed components using a different set of data from original submission  50%
Supplementary Assessment Qualitative essay  - resubmission of failed components using a different set of data from original submission  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an ability to conduct small and large scale survey projects
Collect qualitative data
Demonstrate an ability to manage research data , and use IT in such data management
Conduct research in a manner which is consistent with professional practice
Produce and interrogate qualitative data

Brief description

This module is designed to be an integral component of the RT courses which the University has introduced in order to meet the joint funding Research Councils statement on Research Training. Through this module Masters and PhD students will gain a broad knowledge of a range of transferable skills which they can apply in a variety of research contexts.

Aims

This module is designed to give students a grounding in the basic principles of qualitative research methodology. It will provide students with an introduction to the major methods of qualitative data collection and analysis, how qualitative data are actively constructed and interpreted by a researcher and an appreciation of the practical and epistemological concerns raised by qualitative data collection.

Content

  • Principles of Qualitative Research
  • Semiotics
  • Designs - qualitative and mixed methods
  • Data Collection including Sampling, In depth interviews, Focus groups, Interviewing, (preparation, protocol, design, implementation, questionnaires)
  • Data Analysis including Content Analysis,Grounded theory, Discourse analysis, Archival analysis
  • NVIVO
  • Interdisciplinary research

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7