Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE PSY2629

 
TITLE Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Psychology

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will cover the following topics:
- Qualitative and quantitative debate
- Steps in the qualitative research process
- Sampling techniques
- Research designs (general overview)
- Theory and practice of:
    • Thematic Analysis;
    • Phenomenological/Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis;
    • Grounded theory;
    • Ethnography;
    • Case study approach;
    • Narrative analysis and Emancipatory research.
- Quality Criteria in qualitative research

Study-unit Aims:

To equip students with the basic theoretical knowledge and practical skills in carrying out a qualitative research project.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- make informed decisions about whether to conduct qualitative rather than quantitative research. Furthermore, should a qualitative approach be chosen, students would be able to make an informed choice about which approach is best suited for the topic under study;
- formulate specific research questions in relation to qualitative research in general and to a project of their interest;
- distinguish different forms of sampling techniques and know the difference between theoretical and statistical sampling;
- identify criteria to evaluate research and ensure that findings are credible and trustworthy.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- construct an interview guide and engage in a process of interviewing;
- recognise that different methodologies discussed in class may be used to analyse data;
- reflect about their role as a researcher and their influence on the research process;
- demonstrating competence in the steps of engaging in a qualitative research project.

Main Text/s:

- Lyons, E. & Coyle, A. (2007) Analysing qualitative data in Psychology. London: Sage (selected chapters).
- Creswell, J.W. (2007) Qualitative inquiry and research design. Choosing among five approaches. London: Sage.

Supplementary readings:

- Flick, U. (2009) An introduction to qualitative research. (4th ed). London: Sage.
- Langdridge, D. (2004) Introduction to research methods and data analysis in Psychology. London: Pearson Prentice Hall.
- Patton, M.Q. (1990) Qualitative research and evaluation methods. London: Sage.
- Plummer, K. (2001) Documents of life 2- on invitation to a critical humanism. London: Sage.
- Wilkinson, S. & Kitzinger, C. (1996) (Eds). Representing the other. A Feminism & Psychology reader. London: Sage.

 
RULES/CONDITIONS Before TAKING THIS UNIT YOU ARE ADVISED TO TAKE PSY1315 OR TAKE PSY1612

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Multiple Choice Questions Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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