QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS - 2020/1
Module code: PSY2029
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1. The module will introduce qualitative research methods. Students will be introduced though lectures to: 1. the key principles and characteristics that distinguish qualitative research; 2. methods of generating data commonly used by qualitative researchers; and, 3 a foundational method of qualitative data analysis (Thematic Analysis). The workshops will then build on the lectures by helping develop student’s skills in the field through a supervised qualitative research project. This will equip students to conduct qualitative analyses for their own research dissertation should they wish to do so in their final year.
2. Introduce students to: a) the importance of ethical principles, following the guidelines outlined by the British Psychological Society (BPS) where the focus will be on a number of key issues, including special populations, sensitive topics, deception and management of data in accordance with GDPR (2018) guidelines; b) the university ethics system (SAGE) and how the ethical principles previously discussed are dealt with within this system. This will equip students with the ability to complete their ethics form when conducting own research dissertation in their final year.
WILLIAMS Emma (Psychology)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: C833
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Qualitative research Component
Week 1 Introduction to qualitative research and the group project
Week 2 Generating qualitative data: Constructing and Conducting individual semi-structured interviews/Group project
Week 3 Reflexivity and evaluation in qualitative research/Group project
Week 4 No lectures/workshops [students collecting data]
Week 5 Introducing Thematic Analysis (TA): a foundational method of qualitative analysis/ Group project
Week 6 Coding in TA and what makes a good quality TA/Group project
Week 7 Advice clinics
Week 8 Introduction to BPS ethical principles and guidelines
Week 9 Dealing ethically with special populations and sensitive topics
Week 10 Dealing ethically deception and management of data following GDPR guidelines and
Week 11 Introduction to University Ethics System/workshop giving students opportunity to complete a SAGE form online
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||Qualitative Research Report (5 pages)||60|
|Examination||Ethics MCQ exam (1 hour)||40|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the skill to analyse and report qualitative data using one qualitative research method.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Group Presentation (addresses learning outcomes 1-7): Students present an initial qualitative analysis in groups.
Research Report (addresses learning outcomes: 1 - 10): Students will write up the research study as a qualitative report including critical reflection.
Students present an initial qualitative analysis in groups and receive formative feedback from the module convener and GTA’s on this which they can use for their written report.
- Provide students with philosophical knowledge underlying qualitative psychological research
- Provide students with knowledge of methods of qualitative approaches to data collection and data analysis
- To give the opportunity to students to apply qualitative research methods knowledge in data collection and analysis to a topic
- Introduce students to the overall ethical principles and guidelines outlined by the BPS.
- Ensure students understand the importance of, and reasons for, particular BPS ethical guidelines around key issues including sensitive topics, vulnerable populations, data management and deception.
- Introduce students to the concepts of open science and pre-registration
- Introduce students to the online university ethics system and how the ethical principles/ guidelines outlined by the BPS are attended to within this.
|001||Understand how to formulate qualitative research question/s||CK|
|002||Understand the utility of using qualitative methods.||CK|
|003||Construct a semi-structured interview schedule||CP|
|004||Conduct a qualitative interview||CPT|
|005||Understand the interpersonal skills required to conduct a good quality interview||CKPT|
|006||Critically reflect on the experience of developing and implementing an interview schedule||CPT|
|007||Analyse qualitative data (using thematic analysis)||CP|
|008||Write a qualitative research report||CKP|
|009||Critically evaluate qualitative research||CPT|
|010||Reflect critically on personal interpretative framework||CPT|
|011||1. Understand the ethical principles and guidelines as outlined by the BPS||KC|
|012||2. Understand the key ethical issues around research which involves vulnerable populations and sensitive topics||KC|
|013||3. Understand the key ethical issues relating to data management||KC|
|014||4. Understand the key ethical issues relating to deception as grounded in the BPS guidelines||KC|
|015||5. Introduce students to the concepts of open science and pre-registration||KCP|
|016||6. Complete an ethics form following the BPS guidelines using the University online ethics system||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 18
Independent Study Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 12
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
1. Develop skills in qualitative research through small group discussion, facilitated by the lecturer and graduate teaching assistants
2. Develop skills in applying ethical principles and guidelines learned in lectures through completing an online ethics application facilitated by lecturer and graduate teaching assistants
The learning and teaching methods include: Lectures and supervised group work.
32 contact hours and 118 hours of independent study (reading and developing assignments).
The contact hours will be comprised of 9 two-hour lecture sessions, 6 two-hour workshops and 1 two-hour advice clinic. The majority of the workshop sessions will include group work in which the students will work on developing their interview schedules and analysing the data obtained from their interviews for their group project.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Psychology BSc (Hons)(CORE)||2||Core||Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module|
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