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PSYC13024 - Qualitative Research Methodology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will develop a useful toolbox for undertaking qualitative research that is applicable to your chosen career. This unit covers how to design, conduct, analyse and write up qualitative research. It includes issues such as entering the field, ethical issues in qualitative research and dilemmas of reflexivity and voice. We will analyse some intriguing examples of qualitative research to think critically about current issues. We will develop self-awareness and reflexive skills, exploring our own social, economic and political positions and how these shape our views on the world. By producing a piece of qualitative empirical research, you will learn how to apply the knowledge acquired. 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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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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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 25%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 45%

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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 46.67% response rate.

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: Evidence based practice (literature reviews) Self reflection Student feedback
Continue to deliver residential school online due to success of this method in 2020.
Pilot the use of streaming software and utilise new features in Zoom (such as the ability to use multiple cameras - May 2020 software update) to enable more interactive learning and further improve the quality of the audio and video streaming.
Action Taken
OBS (Open Broadcast Software) was used to improve the quality of the audio and video streaming and new features in Zoom such as gestures and polling were used during the residential to improve interaction.
Source: Not applicable
Not applicable
This unit is being discontinued at the end of 2021 T2. Therefore no further recommendations for quality enhancement are applicable for this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the philosophies and principles behind qualitative research
  2. Critique qualitative research presented in existing literature
  3. Conduct focus groups, interviews and ethnographic observations
  4. Write a qualitative research report

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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