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Postgraduate Course: Data analysis in qualitative social research (PUHR11072)

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 an analysis of qualitative data, generated either through your own fieldwork or doing a secondary analysis of existing data generated by other researchers. We will begin with an overview of different approaches to analysing qualitative data then focus on the steps involved in conducting a thematic, interpretive analysis, drawing on aspects of other methods such as grounded theory and framework analysis to produce findings of relevance and utility to public health. You will conduct a secondary analysis of a small qualitative data set in small groups to apply the ideas and concepts we will discuss in the teaching sessions. You will also apply the concepts and criteria of rigour, introduced earlier in the programme (Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods), to your own analysis. We will follow the analysis process to its conclusion by considering how to present the findings of qualitative research for academic and policy/practice audiences both by examining published qualitative research and writing up the results of your analysis. This is essential preparation for a qualitative dissertation project on the MPH programme but the course is framed to be of relevance to anyone who is interested to learn more about qualitative research, to enable you to conduct qualitative data analysis 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 computer equipment and internet access
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Plan and conduct interpretive thematic analysis of qualitative research data using appropriate coding techniques
  2. Practice reflexivity to keep track of your thoughts and assumptions during the research process to ensure rigour
  3. Select and present key findings from your analysis in a way that is appropriate for qualitative research in public health
  4. Demonstrate and critically evaluate the rigour of your analytical work in your writing
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Additional Information
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,data analysis,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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