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On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Design, plan and enact qualitative research at the doctoral level.
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the theoretical and epistemological assumptions which underlie qualitative research method and design.
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the application of particular approaches within qualitative research methods - such as Ethnography, Practitioner Research, and Case Study - and the use of key qualitative techniques such as interviewing and observation.
- Critically discuss the strengths and limitations of qualitative research method and design.
- Analyse and report qualitative data.
- Critique published pieces of qualitative research.
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the ethical issues involved in conducting research with particular reference to qualitative research.
Qualitative Methods & Analysis 1.
• Doctoral Research; the role of theory
• The Philosophical Underpinnings of Qualitative work
• Research Ethics, including ethical approval application procedures at UCD
Qualitative Methods & Analysis 2:
Methods & methodologies
• Case-based Method
• Grounded Theory
• Critical Discourse Analysis
Qualitative Methods & Analysis 3.
Data, Coding & Sensemaking
• Agility in the doctoral space
• Coding cycles and coding as sensemaking
• Describing & theorising.
Qualitative Methods & Analysis 4.
From data to thesis
• Writing from data & using graphics
• Narrative analysis and value creation frames.
PLEASE NOTE that the scheduling of this module involves active, on-site, participation over four SATURDAYS during the autumn term - with preparatory and follow-up readings /individual activity bracketing these.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
The course requires a willingness to develop familiarity with the use of learning technologies to support individual and small-group based learning on-line and/or at-distance. This includes an openness to posting work and commenting on the work of other participants in mediated course fora and other spaces that are private to the course and having an interest in developing the skills and capabilities to learn and share learning through online activities and events.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: A project prospectus detailing design and planning for a Qualitative Research Project.
A substantive, stage-related, written piece as agreed with the relevant doctoral student.
|Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||Yes||
|Remediation Type||Remediation Timing|
|In-Module Resit||Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
This module is based in continuous, task-based learning with learning opportunities built into activities across every session. Feedback to these is kinetic and in-context. The formal module assignment is designed in such a away that it reflects identified learning needs of the individual student; to this end it is negotiated individually, drawing from a range of options relating to stages of the doctoral journey. This assignment is critiqued on completion and feedback made available in written or oral form, as appropriate.
|Ms Elena Revyakina||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|