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Qualitative Research Practice in Health PG (9583.4)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Faculty of Health


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This unit introduces the students to all stages of qualitative research practice that focus on the following aspects:
The theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research;
Research design; Data collection, analysis, and presentation;
Validity and trustworthiness;
Reflexive thinking; and
Ethical and safety considerations in qualitative research practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Critically analyse the ontological and epistemological theories underpinning qualitative research;

2. Critically evaluate relevant common qualitative methodologies and their application;

3. Reflect on ways to evaluate and assure validity and trustworthiness of qualitative research;

4. Engage in critical reflection and evaluation of ethical issues in qualitative research; and

5. Apply specific theories in practical application of qualitative data analysis, using a range of tools or software and reflect on strengths and weaknesses of those tools.

Contact Hours

Online engagement: 45 minute online lecture per week; 30 minutes spent contributing to forums/discussions per week.





Assumed Knowledge

Being a postgraduate level course, it is expected that students who enrol for this course would have critical reasoning and writing abilities expected at this level. No other prior knowledge is expected of a student enrolling for this course.

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