Qualitative Methods for Evaluation

Subject EDUC90716 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

January, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start 05-Jan-2015
Teaching Period 12-Jan-2015 to 08-Mar-2015
Assessment Period End 27-Mar-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Jan-2015
Census Date 23-Jan-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 27-Feb-2015

Term 3, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start 13-Jul-2015
Teaching Period 20-Jul-2015 to 13-Sep-2015
Assessment Period End 18-Sep-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 14-Jul-2015
Census Date 07-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 28-Aug-2015

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 13-Jul-2015
Teaching Period 20-Jul-2015 to 13-Sep-2015
Assessment Period End 18-Sep-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 14-Jul-2015
Census Date 31-Jul-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 28-Aug-2015

During the pre-teaching period, students will be expected to complete an online survey and 10 pages of reading provided via LMS, and post a brief reflection and introduction of themselves on the subject's discussion board.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students should have a working knowledge of basic research methods to successfully engage with this subject. EDUC90848 Applied Research for Evaluation (or assessed equivalent) will fill this need; students may take it prior to or concurrent with this subject.

Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject provides students with an introduction to the theory and application of qualitative inquiry. Topics that will be examined include: orientations to, and debates surrounding, qualitative approaches; the collection, display and analysis of qualitative data; the use of systematic methods of data reduction, display and analysis and how qualitative research methods are commonly used in evaluation studies.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject it is expected that students should be able to:

  • define qualitative inquiry and relate it to its theoretical and philosophical foundations
  • determine the conditions and questions for which a qualitative study is most appropriate
  • design and conduct a qualitative study including: selecting and applying a range of data collection techniques; creating and analysing data from field notes and interview transcriptions; developing coding categories and presenting results.

There are three pieces of assessment:

  • Quizzes (2 checks for understanding, 250 words each), due Week 2 & Week 8 (10%);
  • Application assignments (3000 words divided among 5 practical applications), due Weeks 2-7 (50%);
  • Written report based on qualitative data analysis and interpretation (1500 words, due end of Week 9 (40%).
Prescribed Texts:

Willis, J.W. (2007). Foundations of qualitative research: Interpretive and critical approaches. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc. Retrieved from DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452230108

Available in print and online:

Print ISBN: 9781412927413

Online ISBN: 9781452230108

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://www.unimelb.edu.au/online/evaluation/
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Evaluation
Graduate Certificate in Evaluation
Master of Education
Master of Education
Master of Evaluation
Master of Evaluation
Master of Evaluation
Master of Information Systems
Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: MIS Research Specialisation

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