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UniSC Sunshine Coast
|Blended learning||Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.|
|Online||You can do this course without coming onto campus.|
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Qualitative research is used in everyday settings to answer questions related to issues of interest and their underpinning phenomena. You will attain a sound grounding in applying appropriate qualitative research methods. Theoretical content covers: qualitative methodologies, qualitative research methods, and presenting qualitative results. Course workshops promote critical thinking and provide opportunities to practice using qualitative research methods. While learning is self-directed, workshops and online forums allow discussion of theoretical and practical questions throughout the course.
|Information session – Course introduction via Zoom||1hr||Week 1||Once Only|
|Learning materials – Online asynchronous learning and teaching materials and self-directed study.||4hrs||Week 1||5 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial||2hrs||Week 2||4 times|
|Information session – Course Introduction via Zoom||1hr||Week 1||Once Only|
|Online – Online asynchronous learning and teaching materials. Self directed learning.||4hrs||Week 1||5 times|
Perspectives, principles , underlying assumptions and application to methodologies and methods
Collecting Qualitative Data (process and practice)
Analysing Qualitative Data
Reporting and Dissemination
700 Level (Specialised)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Critically appraise different qualitative methodologies.||
Creative and critical thinker
|2||Apply a research method to a qualitative research topic.||
Creative and critical thinker
|3||Effectively communicate an informed argument on a qualitative research topic area.||
Creative and critical thinker
Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Enrolled in any PGRD level Program or SC420 or SC423
Fundamental research methods knowledge and understanding of research procedures including ethics in human research.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
In week three you will submit your first assessment task, a short, written assignment in which you will present your initial understanding of principles of qualitative research principles and assumptions. You will receive feedback on this work with guidance that will help you to develop your knowledge and skills during the course and to assist you to complete the substantive assessment. Feedback will be available individually as well as to the course cohort via Blackboard communication, workshops and online drop-in.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Week 4||Online Submission|
|All||2||Artefact - Technical and Scientific||Individual||25%||
1000 -1250 words
|Week 8||Online Submission|
|Week 12||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Written assignment. Qualitative research fundamentals|
The goal is for you to present your formative understanding of fundamental principles and underlying assumptions of qualitative research. You will receive feedback and guidance to develop your knowledge and skills in the course and to support your completion of assessment tasks 2 and 3.
Choose two published qualitative research papers that address a topic/issue of interest to you. They should use different methodologies to investigate the topic/issue. For each paper briefly summarise the aim, research question and rationale for undertaking the study. Provide an overview of the principles and underlying assumptions that inform the aims, question(s) and methodologies used in the two studies and critically appraise the application of these in the reports presented. Briefly identify what your review contributes to your plan for investigating a topic/issue using a qualitative approach
|All - Assessment Task 2:Digital presentation. Data collection and analysis|
The goal is for you to represent your engagement and learning about qualitative data collection and analysis approaches and practices.
|Product:||Artefact - Technical and Scientific|
You will produce a short PowerPoint presentation designed to share with peers which sets out your understanding of principles/ assumptions and procedures in qualitative data collection and analysis. You will produce one slide for each of the following content items: Preparing to collect data Data collection process and procedures Preparing to analyse data Analysis process and procedures You will also include a title slide and a reference slide. Notes: For each content slide you will complete 'notes' to illuminate and explain the slide content. Each content note is to be written using academic written communication structure and grammar and include appropriate citations. Each content note is to be no longer than 200 words in length.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Written assignment. Plan for a qualitative research study|
The goal is for you to apply qualitative research principles, underlying assumptions, methods and procedures to a plan for a research study.
In your plan you will: Set out a research aim and question, and provide a case for the conduct of a qualitative study to investigate the question Set out a suitable methodology for the proposed study and justify the use of this methodology Set out the research method and procedures that would be used to conduct the study including: Context Population and sample Data Analysis approach and procedures Ethics Reflexivity and rigor
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Virginia Braun,Victoria Clarke||2013||Successful Qualitative Research||n/a||SAGE Publications Limited|
You will require a computer headset with a microphone and audio for web conferencing activities.
Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation. It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline. This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.
Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person. You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.
In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin. This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying: The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4% The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct
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