Course Title: Qualitative Research Techniques

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Qualitative Research Techniques

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2362

City Campus

Research

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2016

HUSO2362

City Campus

Research

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2014

HUSO2362

City Campus

Research

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2362

City Campus

Research

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

RSCHYr2017 (ZW73)

Course Coordinator: Kate Cregan

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925

Course Coordinator Email: kate.cregan@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You will have completed a research methods course specific to your discipline prior to commencing this course.


Course Description

This course will enable higher degree by research candidates to explore and employ a range of data collection and analysis techniques to support and conduct advanced research and create new knowledge.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate one or more techniques and their appropriateness for various kinds of research projects
  • Assess the practical implications of implementing different data collection and analysis techniques and be able to write informed research project plans using these techniques
  • Produce high-level reports of research findings derived from the use of one or more data collection and analysis techniques
  • Engage in informed discussions and debates about research analysis techniques and their application in practice


 

In this course you will:

  • Further develop your knowledge of the key approaches to qualitative research including, but not limited to: interviewing, observation and action research
  • Deepen your understanding of the range of data collection and analysis techniques common to these key approaches
  • Have the opportunity to collect and analyse data using one or more of these data collection and analysis techniques and produce high-level written accounts of findings
  • Learn how to use appropriate technology to support data collection and analysis
  • Refine your critical and creative thinking skills in the application of one or more of these techniques and gain insight into the issues of using them in professional research practice
  • Critically engage with debates about the validity and robustness of these data collection and analysis techniques, as well as their practical dimensions


Overview of Learning Activities

During this course candidates will be involved in some, or all, of the following activities: lectures, tutorials, online exercises, workshops, symposia, computer lab sessions and excursions.

You will be introduced to a range of literature in this course and will be expected to read and find other material as necessary to complete the assignments.

Depending on the size of the class, specialised, discipline specific groups will be formed to allow for more in-depth exploration of particular data collection and analysis techniques.

In addition to introducing a range of possible approaches to qualitative research, we will spend time discussing and exploring how to:

  • Plan and implement the various approaches presented in relation to your research project
  • Use appropriate technology to support the collection, analysis and storage of research data
  • Select the appropriate approach and specific techniques to use in your proposed research project
  • Search and select literature(s) to support the use of different data collection and analysis techniques


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content to support your this course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course will typically comprise an extended written assignment related to your doctoral research project. You will be expected to discuss the methodological challenges that you encounter in your research, propose a suitable approach for your project and to defend the decisions you make.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment