Applied Qualitative Methods (Conversion) (Online Distance Learning) EDUC5961

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces the range of epistemological and practical issues underpinning the successful and rigorous use of qualitative methods. This course will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of different qualitative approaches in terms of data collection methods and process of analysis. It reviews the emerging field of internet mediated research and highlights opportunities for conducting secondary qualitative research.



Requirements of Entry

2:1 honours degree or equivalent

Excluded Courses






1. Research report assignment, 2000 (70%)

2. Oral Assessment and Presentation via powerpoint/prezi/youtube (30%)

Course Aims

This course aims to prepare students to design, source, select, execute and evaluate a range of qualitative methods suited to different aspects of psychological enquiry.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Identify and select data collection techniques and data sources that best suit the purpose of qualitative enquiry (e.g. Interviews, Focus Groups, Observation, Internet Sources, Visual Methods)

Formulate appropriate research questions suited to promoting qualitative enquiry

Explain the different epistemological principles underpinning different qualitative analysis techniques

Develop analytic skills for commonly used qualitative methods such as Thematic Analysis, IPA, Grounded Theory and Discursive Approaches.

Develop a critical understanding of indices of rigour and quality when designing and planning qualitative research and identify these indices in published research

Describe and evaluate the role of computer aided analysis in qualitative methods.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.