Development of skills to plan and undertake a qualitative study including identifying research questions suitable for qualitative study, recruiting participants, collecting and analysing data.
This paper will give students an understanding of the strengths and the theoretical
underpinnings of qualitative methodologies used in public health research from different
disciplinary perspectives. We will look at a range of qualitative methodologies, as
well as the usual ways of collecting qualitative data. Students will develop skills
on how to assess and ensure the rigour of qualitative studies, as well as ensure that
ethical issues are addressed in the design of their research.
The paper takes an experiential approach, with students working on a research topic of their interest. It will provide a good grounding for undertaking qualitative research at master's level.
|Paper title||Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods|
|Points||15 points 15 points 15 points|
|Teaching period(s)||1st Non standard period (31 August 2020 - 7 November 2020), 1st Non standard period (31 August 2020 - 7 November 2020), 1st Non standard period (31 August 2020 - 23 October 2020)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,428.75|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,181.50|
- PUBH 708
- Limited to
- MA, MSc, MHealSc, MPH, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH, PGCertPHC
- (i) PGCertPHC and PGDipPHC students require approval from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care to enrol for this paper. (ii) This paper runs for the second half of first semester. (iii) Please note that from 2019, this paper will be offered in the second half of the second semester.
- Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent
- More information link
- View more information on postgraduate studies in Public Health
- Teaching staff
- Wellington Campus: Dr Hera Cook
Christchurch Campus: Associate Professor Gillian Abel (Overall Convenor)
Dunedin Campus: Associate Professor Sarah Derrett
- Paper Structure
- Introduction to social research; literature searching
- Planning and designing qualitative research; writing a literature review
- Postpositive/constructionist approaches; in-depth interviews; ethnographic research; field practices
- Critical theory approaches; focus groups
- Postmodern approaches; using documents
- Qualitative analysis; presenting research
- Assignment 1: 45%
- Assignment 2: 55%
- Teaching Arrangements
Wednesday mornings: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Block day 23 September: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
- Tracy S (2013). Qualitative Research Methods: Collecting evidence, crafting analysis, communicating impact. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.(Available as an E-book through the University library)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
- Demonstrate an understanding of the assumptions underpinning qualitative research methodologies
- Demonstrate an understanding of qualitative methods to recruit participants, collect data and analyse data
- Plan a rigorous qualitative study