PUB HLTH 7078OL - Qualitative Research Methods In Health
Online - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 7078OL Course Qualitative Research Methods In Health Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 3 Contact Online Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Incompatible NURSING 7002HO 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.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jaklin Eliott
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Outline the contribution to, and characteristics of, qualitative research to population health 2 Demonstrate the capacity to make informed ethical decisions about the conduct of population health research 3 Critically evaluate the use of qualitative methods in population health research 4 Recognise and describe some of the major theoretical perspectives which inform qualitative research 5 Identify the major research methods used to collect data in qualitative research, and critique the advantages and disadvantages of each 6 Demonstrate capacity to appropriately collect, analyse, and report on qualitative data 7 Use terminology for the field of qualitative research correctly and contextually with appropriate referencing 8 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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3-5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4-7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 8 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-8 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-8 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 4
Required ResourcesLiamputtong, P. (2013) Qualitative research methods, 4th edn. Oxford University Press: Melbourne.
The prescribed text is integral to the course and may be purchased from Unibooks:
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Online LearningThe course will be offered online.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be offered completely online.
Online learning modules (using Articulate and/or text where appropriate)
Online learning modules covering the research methodologies and methods used to manage qualitative data, specifically examining; the theory and principles underlying qualitative research; how to conduct qualitative research (including data collection and analysis); and specific issues and dilemmas associated with using qualitative research. They will also develop a portfolio of various resources designed to broaden understanding of the topic and any relevant technology. Student learning will be self-directed.
Moving from research question to ethics application
As part of formative assessment, students will submit and provide feedback to others’ proposed research questions (see below). Other written summative assessment tasks for this course will provide opportunity to develop aspects of the final assignment.
The final assignment for students will involve submission of a completed application for ethical approval, as if to the University of Adelaide Human Research Ethics Committee. Applications can be found here: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/ethics/human/
Online discussion boards
Students will be able to post questions and answers to a discussion board associated with each of the modules. This will be monitored by the course coordinator but students will be encouraged to answer each other’s questions.
Peer assessment & feedback (non graded)
Students will join/be allocated to groups to discuss and provide feedback about each other’s proposed research question. Online asynchronous or synchronous discussion will be facilitated through MyUni using discussion boards, webchat, Collaborate or Skype depending on the students’ preferences and availability. The discussions will be schedule to align with the related assessment tasks.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Refer to coordinator
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecture Week 1 Definitions and Ethical Aspects What is Qualitative Research
Ethics of Qualitative Research
Week 2 The Role of Theory
Qualitative Research Questions
Why use Theory in Qualitative Research?
Developing a Qualitative Research Question
Week 3 Evaluating Qualitative Research 1 Rigour & Validity Sampling Week 4 Evaluating Qualitative Research 2 Social Constructionism
Week 5 Theoretical Approach 1 Critical Approaches:
Feminist & Discursive Analysis
Week 6 Research with special populations Cross-cultural & indigenous research
Research with vulnerable populations
Week 7 Theoretical Approach 2
Ethnography & Critical Ethnography
Mixed Methods & Health Services Research
Week 8 Methodology 2 Coding
Week 9 Methodology 3 Interviews
Week 10 Theoretical Approaches 4
Week 11 Proposing and presenting research Developing a Qualitative Research Proposal
Writing up your research
Week 12 Student-directed revision Opportunity for clarification on course content or assessment
Specific Course RequirementsStudents should have access to a reliable network connection.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning course objective(s) being addressed Assignment 1 Formative Nil 1,2,7,8 Group Assessment Summative 10% 1,2,7,8 Assignment 2 Summative 20% 1,3,7,8 Assignment 3 Summative 30% 1-8 Assignment 4 Summative 40% 1-8
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment DetailAssignment 1: (0%). Developing a qualitative research question
As part of formative assessment, each student must submit a, and provide feedback on others’, qualitative research question. The
feedback discussion will be facilitated by staff via online asynchronous or synchronous discussion tools (e.g., MyUni discussion boards, webchat, Collaborate, or Skype, depending on student preferences and availability). This question may form the basis of the final assignment 4, namely, a completed Ethical Application; criteria for assessment will be made available via MyUni. This activity will commence in Week 1, and follow through to Week 4.
Group Assessment (10%). Qualitative research with a specific special/vulnerable population
Students will be allocated into groups to discuss and present issues associated with a ‘special population.’ Students will identify issues associated with conducting qualitative research with their population, focusing on the potential ethical sensitivities, reference to the NH&MRC guidelines, and practicalities involved. Groups may use online asynchronous or synchronous discussion tools (e.g., MyUni discussion boards, webchat, Collaborate, or Skype, depending on student preferences and availability) to coordinate activities and create a short presentation summarising salient issues. These will be submitted by the end of Week 4. Presentations will be made available to the student cohort, who may post questions regarding the content; presentation formats may include narrated powerpoint, or Prezi. Assessment will include the presentation, and their responses to peer and staff questions; further instructions and criteria for assessment will be made available via MyUni.
Assignment 2: (20%). Essay: Critical Appraisal of a provided article
Each student must submit online, via MyUni, a written critical appraisal of a nominated article (max 1000 words); further instructions and criteria for assessment will be made available via MyUni. Assignments will be submitted by the end of Week 6.
Assignment 3: (30%) Essay: Coding, and thematic analysis of a short piece of provided interview data
Students will be required to code and thematically analyse a provided transcript, providing a short introduction referring to relevant previous research, and concluding with a summary and recommendations/implications for policy and/or practice. Further instructions and criteria for assessment will be made available via MyUni. Assignments will be submitted online via MyUni by the end of Week 10 (max 2000 words).
Assignment 4: (40%) Developing an Ethics Application for a nominated research project
Students will complete an ethics application as if to the University of Adelaide Human Ethics Research Committee for an approved research project (project topics are provided): Forms for the application can be found at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/ethics /human/guidelines/applications Students must consider the requirements of the "National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007)": http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/publications/synopses/e72syn.htm which has sections on both Qualitative Research and researching with particular populations. Research with Indigenous communities, the NHMRC (and hence all Ethics Committees) also requires consideration of "Values and Ethics - Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research": http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/publications/synopses/e52syn.htm Further instructions and criteria for assessment will be made available via MyUni. Assignments will be submitted online via MyUni by the end of Week 13.
SubmissionSubmission of Assignments
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Longer than one week
Students who require an extension for longer than one week should contact the Course Co-ordinator Jaklin Eliott on Jaklin.firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your request. If requesting an extension for longer than a week due to illness, a medical certificate will be required.
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Late Submission of Work
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Late submission without an approved extension will be penalised at the rate of 10% of available marks for each day after the due date. Work submitted more than ten days after the due date may be returned unmarked. This action will be taken to prevent students who do get their work in on time being disadvantaged.
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