Introduction to Qualitative Methods

Subject EDUC90716 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 contact hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject provides students with an introduction to the collection, display and analysis of qualitative data in applied research and evaluation studies. Topics that will be examined include: orientations to, and criticisms of, qualitative approaches; planning qualitative data collection using particular strategies and methods of data collection (such as interviews, focus groups, participant observation, case study, document analysis, and the use of video recordings); the use of systematic methods of data reduction, display and content analysis (using both hand methods and appropriate computer packages); and issues of trustworthiness and rigor in qualitative research.

The subject is delivered fully online and in a blended mode that combines online and face-to-face sessions.


On completion of this subject it is expected that students should be able to:
• understand how evaluation/research questions and appropriate data management techniques are linked;
• select and apply a range of key qualitative data collection techniques; and
• undertake simple management, analysis and report writing using small-scale qualitative data sets.


There are three pieces of assessment:

  • Written task of 1500 words due in Week 4 (30% );
  • Written task of 3000 words due at the end of the subject (60%);
  • Class or forum participation throughout the semester (10%).
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Education (Stream 100B)Coursework
Master of Education (Stream 150)
Master of Evaluation
Master of Evaluation
Master of Information Systems
Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation

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