QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS - 2017/8
Module code: PSYM064
WILLIAMS EI Dr (Psychology)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 90
Lecture Hours: 33
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||RESEARCH REPORT 2,500 WORDS||100|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The module examines the philosophical and practical basis of a range of qualitative approaches to psychological research and, through the provision of supervised qualitative research, develops/refines student’s skills in the field. The purpose of this is to allow students to understand the research literature that they are reading in other modules and to conduct qualitative analyses for their own research dissertation.
Provide students with philosophical knowledge underlaying qualitative psychological research
Provide students with knowledge of a range of qualitative approaches to data collection and data analysis
To give the opportunity to students to apply qualitative research methods knowledge to a topic
|Develop qualitative research question/s||KC|
|Identify appropriate methods of data collection and data analysis to help answer the research question/s||KC|
|Conduct a qualitative interview and other sources of data collection||CPT|
|Analyse qualitative data||KC|
|Write a qualitative research report||KCPT|
|Evaluate critically qualitative research||KCPT|
|Reflect critically on personal interpretative framework||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
Week 1 Introduction to qualitative research and the group project
Week 2 Generating qualitative data: Individual interviews/Group report
Weee 3 Generating qualitative data: Focus groups/Group report
Week 4 Thematic Analysis: a foundational method of qualitative analysis/Group report
Week 5 Phenomenology and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)/Group report
Week 6 Grounded theory/Group report
Week 7 Dicourse Analysis/Group report
Week 8 Narrative Analysis/Group report
Week 9 Presentations of group report I
Wee 10 Presntation of group report II
Week 11 The “So what?” question, credibility and ethics in qualitative research.
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Develop skills in qualitative research through small group discussion, facilitated by the lecturer.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Lectures and supervised group work. Each three hour is comprised of one hour lecture and two hours group work.
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:
Research Report (addresses learning outcomes: 1 - 7) Submission: Week 12
Students present an initial qualitative analysis in groups and receive feedback from the module convener on this.
Written feedback on the assignment is provided by the course convenor.
Reading list for QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psym064
Programmes this module appears in
|Health Psychology MSc||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Environmental Psychology MSc||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Social Psychology MSc||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Research Methods in Psychology MSc||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.