PSYC13024 - Qualitative Research Methodology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will develop a toolbox of practical skills for undertaking qualitative research. This unit covers how to design qualitative research, conduct interviews, thematically analyse qualitative data and evaluate the quality of qualitative research. It explores challenges and builds skills for first time researchers such as developing a research question, how to build rapport and trust with participants, ethical issues in gathering data and reporting qualitative research and what it means to be reflexive in research. You will develop self-awareness and reflexive skills, exploring your social, economic and political positions and how these shape your views on the world. By designing and developing a qualitative research proposal, you will learn how to practically apply your knowledge. Qualitative skills are highly sought after in many career paths. Ultimately this unit will equip you with skills that are of benefit to careers in research, business, government, community development and education.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: Minimum of 48 credit points (8 units).

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say survey
Feedback
The compulsory residential school experience was positive for the majority of students, but required students to engage with the tutorials prior to the residential school in order to get the most out of the experience.
Recommendation
Continue to use the compulsory residential school as part of the course and highlight in the Welcome section of the Moodle page and in the News Forum the importance of undertaking the readings and exercises offered in the first four weeks of the course.
Action Taken
This recommendation was enacted. A residential school was held during the 2019 Term 1 delivery of this unit.
Source: Have Your Say survey
Feedback
The unit assessments originally included an option for students to use a topic of their choice for the interview, article review and research report. However, using their own topic for the interview to be conducted at the residential school was problematic for students who had a) not engaged with the tutorials for choosing a topic and b) who chose topics that could not be used when interviewing fellow students.
Recommendation
Provide a set interview topic for Assessment 1 that all students use to develop and conduct their interview.
Action Taken
This recommendation was enacted. A topic was set for Assessment 1. This topic was 'university student attitudes towards mental health'. This was a topic that was popular with the class and worked well for the assignment.
Source: Self reflection Peer review Student feedback
Feedback
Innovations in the use of high quality audio-video production and the use of visual metaphors, animations, infographics and adoption of new filmic styles was rated with very high levels of student satisfaction.
Recommendation
Maintain and continue to develop high quality audio-video teaching videos.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self reflection Student feedback
Feedback
The residential school was a great success this year and though it was expensive in terms of time and money for students, it was widely described by students as a success. The residential school gave students the opportunity to connect socially with their classmates and enabled the tutor to directly supervise student learning.
Recommendation
Continue the residential school ensuring the learning activities during the residential maximise the opportunities for student social interaction and peer supported learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect on the philosophies and principles behind qualitative research
  2. Critique qualitative research in existing literature
  3. Exemplify qualitative skills in data collection.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment