PUB HLTH 7078OL - Qualitative Research Methods In Health
Online - Semester 1 - 2016
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, PUB HLTH 7078 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: Professor Annette Braunack-MayerCourse Coordinator: Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer
Phone: +61 8313 1694
Location: Level 7 , 178 North Terrace
Course Coordinator: Teresa Burgess
Phone: +61 8313 3468
Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace
Learning & Teaching Team
Phone: +61 8313 4637
Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace
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 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 principled 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-8 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 3, 6-8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4-6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2, 5, 6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2, 3, 6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
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:
The University of Adelaide
ADELAIDE SA 5005
Phone: +61 8 8223 4366 Toll free: 1800 182 003
Fax: +61 8 8232 7315
Other essentials readings will be available in electronic format through MyUni.
The Course Workbook will be available to students through MyUni before the course commences.
Online LearningThe course will be offered online.
Access Adelaide is the name of the online service that allows students to access and, in some cases, amend their records. It can be found at: https://access.adelaide.edu.au/sa/login.asp
Students can log into Access Adelaide to view:
· their enrolment details for any term
· their academic results
· their unofficial academic transcript
· their personal details
· the fees, charges and payments on their University account
· their exam schedule
· their graduation eligibility details.
· change their address and telephone details (please inform the Discipline as well)
· change their password
· set a password clue to help them remember their password.
Students should set up a university email and check it regularly. Information from the course coordinator and student administration will be sent via the University of Adelaide email address. It is the student’s responsibility to check their email. Students will need their student number located on their student card to log in. http://webmail.adelaide.edu.au/
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 students’ knowledge of qualitative research. Students will also undertake practical work to help them understand the theory and principles underlying qualitative research, how to conduct qualitative research (including data collection and analysis). They will explore 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. Lectures, readings and on-line activities will be supported by group work and opportunities to provide feedback on other students’ work.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.In general, about 6-7 hours of independent study will be required each week. This includes viewing lectures, reading set papers and materials, undertaking activities and contributing to online discussions. In addition, students will need to set aside additional time to complete 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, and 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.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning course objective(s) being addressed Assignment 1 Summative 15% 1, 5, 6 Assignment 2 (Group) Summative 20% 1-6 Assignment 3 Summative 35% 1, 2, 5, 6 Assignment 4 Summative 30% 1, 2, 4
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
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%): Vulnerable populations
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 and create a short presentation summarising salient issues.
Assignment 3 (35%): Coding and analysis. (2000 words)
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.
Assignment 4 (30%): Critical Appraisal. (1,500 words)
Each student will submit a written critical appraisal of a nominated article.
All extensions for assignments must be requested, at the latest, by the last working day before the due date of submission. Extensions will generally be granted only on medical or genuine compassionate grounds. Supporting documentation must be provided at the time a student requests an extension. Without documentation, extensions will not be granted. Late requests for extension will neither be accepted nor acknowledged.
Only the Course Co-ordinator(s) may grant extensions.
Supporting documentation will be required when requesting an extension. Examples of documents that are acceptable include: a medical certificate that specifies dates of incapacity, a police report (in the case of lost computers, car & household theft etc.), a letter from a Student Counsellor, Education and Welfare Officer (EWO) or Disability Liaison Officer that provides an assessment of compassionate circumstances, or a letter from an independent external counsellor or appropriate professional able to verify the student’s situation. The length of any extension granted will take into account the period and severity of any incapacity or impact on the student. Extensions of more than 10 days will not be granted except in exceptional circumstances.
Marks will be deducted when assignments for which no extension has been granted are handed in late.
All assignments, including those handed in late, will be assessed on their merits. In the case of late assignments where no extension has been granted, 5 percentage points of the total marks possible per day will be deducted. If an assignment that is 2 days late is awarded 65% on its merits, the mark will then be reduced by 10% (5% per day for 2 days) to 55%. If that same assignment is 4 days late, the mark will be reduced by 20% (5% per day for 4 days) to 45%, and so on.
The School of Public Health reserves the right to refuse to accept an assignment that is more than 7 days late.
Assignments submitted after the due date may not be graded in time to be returned on the listed return dates.
Students submitting examinable written work who request (and receive) an extension that takes them beyond the examination period are advised that there is no guarantee that their grades will be processed in time to meet usual University deadlines.
If a student is dissatisfied with an assessment grade they should follow the Student Grievance Resolution Process <https://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/grievance/process/>. Students who are not satisfied with a particular assessment result should raise their concerns with Course Co-ordinator(s) in the first instance. This must be done within 10 business days of the date of notification of the result. Resubmission of any assignment is subject to the agreement of the Course Co-ordinator(s) and will only be permitted for the most compelling of reasons.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
- Academic Support with Maths
- Academic Support with writing and speaking skills
- Student Life Counselling Support - Personal counselling for issues affecting study
- International Student Support
- AUU Student Care - Advocacy, confidential counselling, welfare support and advice
- Students with a Disability - Alternative academic arrangements
- Reasonable Adjustments to Teaching & Assessment for Students with a Disability Policy
- LinkedIn Learning
Policies & Guidelines
This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.
- Academic Credit Arrangement Policy
- Academic Honesty Policy
- Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy
- Assessment for Coursework Programs
- Copyright Compliance Policy
- Coursework Academic Programs Policy
- Elder Conservatorium of Music Noise Management Plan
- Intellectual Property Policy
- IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy
- Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment
- Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Policy
- Student Grievance Resolution Process
Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.
The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.