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Postgraduate Course: Fieldwork skills for qualitative social research (PUHR11071)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course builds on the core concepts and ideas in qualitative research from the course Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods. There will be a significant practical aspect to the course with the aim that you will finish feeling confident to plan and conduct a research interview in a rigorous and ethical way. We will also spend time linking your interviewing skills to the underlying theoretical ideas introduced in the preceding core module. This is essential preparation for students on the MPH programme conducting qualitative research for their dissertation project with fieldwork to generate primary data. However, the course is framed to be of relevance to anyone who is interested to learn more about qualitative research, to enable you to take an active role in conducting qualitative research in your future work.
Course description This is a 5-week distance learning course worth 10 credits. Students are expected to spend 10 to 15 hours per week on this course. Students will be given a brief overview of the course and will then be provided with relevant materials and resources. Specific tasks and online discussion exercises relating to each week's topic will be set. This will culminate in a written assignment at the end of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their own computer equipment and internet access
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify research questions for which qualitative interviews can be useful
  2. Design a topic guide for a qualitative research interview
  3. Plan and conduct a qualitative research interview in an ethical and rigorous manner
  4. Reflect on the interpersonal and intersubjective aspects of qualitative interviewing
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Graduate Attributes and Skills During this course students will have to demonstrate the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others. Their knowledge and understanding of the topic will improve but they will also learn generic approaches/skills such as classifying information, critically analysing materials and evaluation skills. Since the course is distance learning, it will contribute to their IT, writing and communication skills. Finally, they will be expected to be able to bring together and draw from the information provided through the course during their essay writing. Competencies such as structuring of work and accurate referencing should improve.
Special Arrangements Delivered via online distance learning
KeywordsQualitative research,interviewing,focus groups,public health,interpretive research
Course organiserMs Annemieke Bikker
Tel: (0131 6)50 2679
Course secretaryMrs Rosemary Porteous
Tel: (0131 6)50 9835
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