PUB HLTH 7078 - Qualitative Research Methods In Health
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 7078 Course Qualitative Research Methods In Health Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 3 hours per week plus online activities Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Incompatible PUB HLTH 7078OL and PUB HLTH 7078UAC Course Description Qualitative research is concerned with exploring how people interpret and give meaning to their everyday worlds. This type of research is central to how we come to understand population health issues, as it provides historical and socio-cultural contexts for health and illness. This course comprises an introduction to the skills to review and conduct qualitative research. Students will learn how to recognise and reflect on the strengths and limitations of different qualitative research methodologies, understand the links between theory and practice, critically assess qualitative research, and address ethical and practical issues involved in conducting qualitative research. The course takes a step-by-step approach to the design and implementation of qualitative research and includes: formulating a qualitative research question; collecting, managing, and analysing qualitative data; writing and presenting qualitative findings; conducting ethical research, including writing ethics proposal for qualitative research projects. This course provides options to participate online for students unable to attend in person.
Course Coordinator: Dr Elizabeth HoonStudent & Program Support Services Hub
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 Outline characteristics of qualitative research in health 2 Demonstrate the capacity to make informed ethical decisions about the conduct of qualitative research 3 Recognise and describe the major theoretical perspectives and principles which inform qualitative research 4 Identify the major research methods used in qualitative research, and critique the advantages and disadvantages of each 5 Demonstrate skills in the practical dimensions of qualitative research, including designing a research activity, conducting interviews and observations, analysing and reporting on qualitative data 6 Analyse key concepts, issues, and dilemmas associated with qualitative research. 7 Review and critique qualitative research studies 8 Use terminology for the field of qualitative research correctly and contextually with appropriate referencing 9 Demonstrate ability to work and communicate effectively with others regarding qualitative research
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
1, 3, 6-8
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
2, 5, 6
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
2, 3, 6
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
2, 3, 6
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesLiamputtong, P. (2019) Qualitative research methods, 5th edn. Oxford University Press: Melbourne.
Rossman Gretchen B. (2017) Introduction to Qualitative Research: Learning in the Field. Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, California.
Other essential readings will be available in electronic format through Canvas.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course focuses on the research methodologies and methods used to collect, manage, analyse and report on qualitative data.
Lectures, readings, activities and on-line discussion groups will develop your knowledge of qualitative research. You will also undertake practical work to help you understand the theory and principles underlying qualitative research, and how to conduct qualitative research (including data collection and analysis). You will explore specific issues and dilemmas associated with using qualitative research. You will also develop a portfolio of various resources designed to broaden understanding of the topic and any relevant technology. Lectures, readings and on-line activities will be supported by group work and opportunities to provide feedback on other students’ work.
There are two ways to enroll in this course, reflecting the mode of delivery;
1) Blended mode (Including online lectures, readings and activities, supported by a weekly face-to-face workshop)
2) Entirely Online mode.
If you are enrolled in the online mode for this course, specific activities designed to support your online learning will be clearly labelled in each module, within MyUni.
If you are enrolled in the blended version of this course, you should view all on-line lectures and readings in MyUni before attending the weekly face-to-face workshop.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.In general, about 4-5 hours of independent study will be required each week, in addition to class time. This includes viewing lectures, reading set papers and materials, and undertaking activities The work on assignments will be greater as the due date approaches. Therefore, some allowance will be made in class time for students to complete aspects of some assignments.
Learning Activities SummaryThe course will cover the following content:
What is qualitative research?
Why and how do we do qualitative research?
Theoretical approaches and principles
Sampling, observation, interviews, focus groups, analysing texts, coding, thematic analysis, presenting findings Research with Vulnerable Populations
Cross-cultural & Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples research
Using mixed methods Rigour and Validity, Critical Appraisal
Ethics in Qualitative Research
Specific Course RequirementsStudents should have access to a reliable network connection.
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Assignment 1 Summative 15% 1-3, 6, 8 Group Assignment 2 Summative 20% 1-9 Assignment 3 Summative 35% 1, 5, 6, 8 Assignment 4 Summative 20% 1-8 Participation mark Summative 10% 1-8
Assessment DetailAssignment 1 (15%): Introductory theory and ethics. (1,000 words)
Each student will be assigned a qualitative research paper and asked to identify and comment on the theoretical perspective and key ethical issues apparent in the paper.
Group Assignment 2 (20%): Coding and analysis (presentation)
Students will work in groups of two or three to code and thematically analyse provided transcripts. Students will present their findings in a 10 minute presentation to the rest of the
Assignment 3 (35%): Analysis and discussion. (2,000 words)
This assignment builds on the previous assignment. Using assignment 2 as a basis, students will work individually to conduct further analysis, integrate theory into their analyses, and discuss their findings.
Assignment 4 (20%): Critical Appraisal Quiz
A series of short answer or multiple choice questions will assess student understanding and application of content related to rigour and critical appraisal of qualitative research.
Each student will receive a mark for their participation and engagement in practicals or online learning activities (for solely online students) throughout the semester.
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