On Campus
6 x 2-hour lectures per semester
6 x 1-hour tutorials per semester
6-hours project work once-only

Distance Online
6 x 2-hour online lectures per semester
6 x 1-hour online tutorials per semester
6-hours project work once-only
Enrolment not permitted
1 of PHCA8502, PHCA9502 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Project, Tutorial participation
Topic description

The topic introduces students to qualitative research methods and assumes no prior knowledge or skills of the area. It begins with an examination of the history, philosophical underpinnings and use of qualitative research and explores a range of methods used for data collection. This includes interviews, focus groups and observation methods. We then look at the various theoretical perspectives that can be used to inform and analyse qualitative research. Close attention is paid to maintaining quality and rigour in the research process.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in qualitative research and to understand and apply the theoretical and methodological foundations of qualitative approaches to health services research.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Develop skills in undertaking qualitative research
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the kinds of questions and issues best addressed by qualitative methods
  3. Critique examples of qualitative research in terms of such issues as ethics, credibility and rigour
  4. Analyse, interpret and report qualitative data
  5. Understand the role of qualitative research methods in health research