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Postgraduate Course: Qualitative Methodologies in Psychological Research (PSYL11072)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaPsychology Other subject areaNone
Course website Please use Learn Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides a conceptual and practical introduction to the core qualitative methodologies used in Psychology, including conversation analysis, discursive psychology, and interpretative phenomenological analysis as well as a historical/discursive approach to published text. It presents the rationale for the various qualitative approaches, provides students with the practical and analytic skills required for conducting their own qualitative research, and engages them in current debates regarding ethics, natural versus contrived data, generalisation, and the application of qualitative research. The course includes lectures, seminar presentations, practical work and tutorial discussion and is supported by an online resource for analytic work.

Feedback Events:
The course is part lecture, part practical tutorials, including data sessions and design exercises, all of which will provide feedback opportunities
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 87 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should
understand the rationale underlying qualitative methodologies, and know about various means of collecting qualitative data, and related conceptual issues;
be able to design and conduct their own qualitative research project;
have a basic practical understanding of how to do discursive psychology, conversation analysis, and historical discursive analysis;
understand the underlying rationale and process of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA).
Assessment Information
Practical portfolio comprising several short assignments

Assignment Deadline: Thursday 23rd January 2014 by 12 noon
Assignment Return Date: Friday 14th February 2014
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Schedule of lectures:
Lecture 1: Introduction to Qualitative Research: what and why
Lecture 2: Designing Qualitative Research and Collecting Qualitative Data
Seminar 3: Ethics and other issues in Data Collection
Lecture 4: Analysing Interaction 1: Getting Started
Lecture 5: Analysing Interaction 2: conversation analysis
Lecture 6: Analysing Interaction 3: discursive psychology
Lecture 7: Working with published data 1
Lecture 8: Working with published data 2
Lecture 9: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis 1: Phenomenology
Lecture 10: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis 2: Interpretation
Transferable skills Students will gain significant research and analytic skills as well as an appreciation of qualitative research and methodologies.
Reading list Forrester, M (2010) Doing Qualitative Research in Psychology: A Practical Guide. London: Sage.
Wetherell, M., Taylor, S. and Yates, S.J. (2001) Discourse as Data: A guide for analysis. London: Sage.
Willig, C. and Stainton-Rogers, W. (2008) The SAGE handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology. London: Sage.
Wooffitt, R. (2005) Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis: A comparative and critical introduction. London: Sage.
Wooffitt, R. & Hutchby, I. (2008) Conversation Analysis.
Langdridge, D. (2007). Phenomenological Psychology: Theory, Research and Method. Pearson Prentice Hall.
Reid, K., Flowers, P. and Larkin, M. (2005). Exploring Lived Experience. The Psychologist, 18, 20-23.
Smith, J. A., Flowers, P. and Larkin, M. (2009). Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory Method and Research. London: Sage.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sue Widdicombe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3411
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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