Postgraduate Course: Research Design and Qualitative Methods (ECNM12001)
|School||School of Economics
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is for first year PhD students in economics who do not have its learning outcomes already via their masters. It covers the qualitative research design learning outcomes required by ESRC for receipt of their awards.
This course is for first year PhD students in economics who do not have its learning outcomes already via their masters. It covers the qualitative research design learning outcomes required by ESRC for receipt of their awards. The Learning Outcomes are
1) Different purposes and approaches to interviewing, including with individuals and groups (structured, semi-structured, and in-depth) and modes of questionnaire administration (online, face to face, telephone, postal)
2) Diverse approaches to data collection, such as longitudinal, cross-sectional and experimental research designs, including field experiments
3) Ethnographic and case study research designs including participatory research, methods of observation, and analysis of observational data
4) Combining different methods of data collection and analysis (i.e. mixed-methods research)
5) Thematic (framework) analysis and methods for ethnographic analysis
6) Understanding of the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction, research design, and the selection of appropriate analytical techniques
7) Understand the integrated or complementary nature of the relationship between methods in mixed methods research designs.
8) Reflexivity in relation to probability
9) Distinctions in various forms of data, such as documentary, narrative, administrative, digital or "big" data
10) understanding of the application of good ethical practice across the entire research process
The course will be based on School of Social and Political Sciences recorded lectures and tutorials offered by SSPS tutors, but the course is owned and administered by the School of Economics.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% exam in June
||Students may discuss their exam performance with the examiners in the light of a written sheet that offers outline answers to the exam questions.
|No Exam Information
| implement qualitative research design methods
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course provides qualitative research design skills for postgraduate (PhD) research and beyond. It is particularly useful for those intending to do interdisciplinary research with economics as main field and where data collection/interviewing is involved.
|Keywords||Qualitative research design
|Course organiser||Prof Andy Snell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3848
|Course secretary||Dr Joe Stroud
Tel: (0131 6)51 5184