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HS5102 - Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

Credit points:03
Year:2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by:School of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Primary Health Care Research, the Public Health and Tropical Medicine Program (PMHTM, Dip PHTM, PGradDipPHTM), the Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the MSc (Public Health and Tropical Medicine) and other courses by arrangement with the Head of the School.

Qualitative research methods are playing an increasingly important role in health research and, indirectly, in health policy and programs. This unit will introduce students to doing qualitative research, both as a stand-alone approach and as a complement to quantitative research. Topics covered will include: theoretical and conceptual foundations of qualitative research; designing qualitative research; ethical issues in conducting qualitative research; main approaches to generating data; interviewing skills; observational methods; using documentary sources; principles of qualitative data analysis; computer-assisted qualitative data analysis; writing up qualitative research and appraising qualitative research. This unit will also cover emerging methods in qualitative research including research in cyberspace, cross cultural research methods and participatory action research methods.

Learning Outcomes

  • Employ a range of qualitative data collection methods, including interviews, focus groups discussions, observation, documentary sources and participatory action techniques;
  • Analyse qualitative data, both manually and with computer assistance; and;
  • Write up and present qualitative research data for publication;
  • Review qualitative research reports;
  • Design a qualitative research project, or incorporate qualitative methods into a mixed-methods research project.
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Combinations:
TM5524

Availabilities

External, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator:Dr Robin Ray
Method of Delivery:WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment:assignments (20%); develop a qualitative research project due date week 10, 1,500 words. students will be required to design a qualitative research project including research questions, method, sampling and ethical issues (50%); qualitative interviewing due the equivalent of week 13, 500 words. students will be required to interview an individual and analyse and write up the interview results (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements:Satisfactory completion of all assessment items.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

External, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator:Dr Robin Ray
Method of Delivery:WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment:tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (50%); qualitative interviewing due the equivalent of week 13, 500 words. students will be required to interview an individual and analyse and write up the interview results (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements:Satisfactory completion of all assessment items.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.