Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Qualitative Research Methods
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Assignment  (2500 words)  (REPORT ON AN OBSERVATIONAL METHODS OR INTERVIEWING EXERCISE)  50%
Semester Assessment Essay  (2500 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Written Assignment 1  50%
Supplementary Assessment Written Assignment 2  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Understand and critically appraise the methodological, philosophical and ethical issues surrounding qualitative research in criminological settings;
2. Design, conduct and critically assess both a qualitative interview and an observational study;
3. Apply key analytic techniques to qualitative data from field observations and interviews;
4. Appreciate how visual materials provide opportunities for critical analysis;
5. Critically evaluate a piece of qualitative research;
6. Develop a practical understanding of the use of computers in managing and analysing qualitative data.

Brief description

The module covers key issues in qualitative research. It will examine the preparation, analysis and presentation of qualitative data and explore the process of coding, entering, indexing and retrieval of qualitative data using software such as NVivo. Basically it will consider the steps involved in planning, conducting, analysing and presenting a research project on a criminological topic with particular reference to research design, fieldwork, ethics, data collection, analytic techniques and data presentation and will use practical sessions to ensure that students not only grasp the ideas but have the opportunity to learn how to apply them.


Week 1:
Research design: methodological, practical and ethical issues
Week 2:
Fieldwork skills and techniques: observation research and interviewing
Week 3:
Ethnographic methods
Week 4:
Visual criminology: still images and visual records
Week 5 - Partially practical session -:
Partially practical session - Data analysis: analytic induction, thematic framework analysis and grounded theory ? including coding
Weeks 6 and 7 - Practical sessions:
Practical sessions - using computers in qualitative research

Transferable skills

Throughout the module, students will practise and develop their skills of research, analysis, time-management, oral and written presentation. In seminars they will develop their ability to listen, understand and explain subject related topics as well as present a point of view orally and discuss their thoughts with the rest of the class; their assignments will enable them to develop their skills of independent research, analysis, presentation and writing (including data collection and retrieval, IT and time management). All learning throughout the module will be relevant to a career in any legal profession.


This module is at CQFW Level 7