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NS5352 - Qualitative Research in Healthcare

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will focus on the foundational principles relating to qualitative research design and the strengths and weaknesses of different qualitative methodologies. This subject will focus on a range of methods and techniques including field studies, in depth interviewing, and case studies and will also consider ethics and rigor related to qualitative research. Each element of research design will be covered, from recognising research paradigms and sampling strategies through to analysis of qualitative data. As part of this subject, students will learn how to design and plan qualitative research as sources of evidence in healthcare.

Learning Outcomes

  • Summarise findings of qualitative data analysis to generate original knowledge;
  • Appraise various qualitative research paradigms and explain how they impact on the design and conduct of qualitative research;
  • Devise research questions suitable for qualitative research;
  • Synthesise and analyse primary data collected from qualitative research.

Subject Assessment

  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (60%)
  • Online quiz - (40%).


JCU Online, Study Period 84, External
Census Date 16-Jul-2020
Coordinator: Dr Tanya Langtree
Lecturers: Dr Narelle Biedermann, Dr Tracey Ahern, Dr Helena Harrison, Dr Clare Fenwick.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 60 hours - Online accelerated program, 10 hours/week for 6 weeks
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.