units

PBH1101

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Coordinator(s)

Dr Sylvia Pomeroy

Offered

Caulfield

  • First semester 2016 (Day)

Synopsis

This unit introduces students to qualitative research methods and why, when and how they are used in health research. The unit will develop students' understanding of both the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research and the practical skills in research design using qualitative methods. In developing these skills students will learn about sampling, qualitative data collection and qualitative data analysis techniques and mixed methods designs in the arenas of clinical health service delivery, public health and health policy. The cultural, ethical and political contexts within which research takes place will be discussed to highlight that research takes place in the real world, which both enables and constrains research design and practice.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a researchable question requiring a qualitative research design.
  2. Discuss the options and constraints associated with different types of mixed methods research design.
  3. Select sampling strategies appropriate to answering a posed researchable question.
  4. Describe and appropriately use qualitative data collection methods in qualitative research.
  5. Describe and use the appropriate tools for analysis of qualitative data.
  6. Choose appropriate strategies for designing, implementing and evaluating qualitative research accounting for ethical and cultural sensitivities.

Assessment

Flipped tutorial activity (10%)
Literature review (1,500 words) (25%)
Research design protocol (1,500 words) (25%)
Examination (MCQs and short answer questions) (2 hours) (40%)

Hurdle requirement:
80% attendance at tutorials and participation in online tasks.

Workload requirements

6 hours per week contact hours plus 6 hours per week private study.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Health science

Prohibitions

PHH4104.