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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Professor Lenore Manderson


This unit introduces students to qualitative research methods and is specifically aimed at people working within the health sciences. Students will be introduced to the theoretical frameworks underlying qualitative research and methods used in qualitative research. The unit will incorporate basic research skills such as
framing a qualitative research question, research ethics, choosing a qualitative method of data collection and analysis, and ensuring rigour and validity. The unit will assist students to develop research skills by a primary focus of the unit being skill-based and will include modules on, for example, refining a research question, running a focus group, conducting a semi-structured, in-depth or narrative interview, analysing
qualitative data, and dissemination of findings.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical frameworks and epistemology
underpinning qualitative research methods;
  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of different types of qualitative research methods;
  2. Present a basic argument to justify the choice of particular method (when to use, how to select);
  3. Design a rigorous and valid qualitative research project, which will include the
collection of qualitative and quantifiable data;
  1. Discuss the strengths and limitations of various approaches and methods; and
  2. Understand how to analyse, report and disseminate qualitative research findings


Essay (1500 words)(20%)
Three short practical experience reports (1000 words)(30%)
30 minute group presentation (10%)
Research Proposal (2000 words)(40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Lenore Manderson