PYM0QQ-Applying Qualitative Methods in Psychological Research

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: PYM0S1 Data Collection and Analysis 1 PYM0S2 Data Collection and Analysis 2
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Kate Harvey


Summary module description:
The purpose of this module is to inform students about the approaches used in qualitative research. Students will gain practical knowledge of key methods.

This module offers students a grounding in the use of qualitative research methods in psychology. It examines the complementary roles of qualitative and quantitative approaches in psychological research, and introduces key methods for collecting and analysing qualitative data. Criteria for evaluating the rigour of qualitative research are considered.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
1) describe qualitative approaches to psychological research in relation to other methodological approaches
2) describe methods of collecting qualitative data
3) outline the processes involved in conducting qualitative analysis
4) understand rigour and be able to evaluate qualitative research

Assessment will be by coursework. Students will conduct a small research project under the direction of the module lecturer. From this, the student will produce a portfolio that will be assessed.

Additional outcomes:

The content of this module will be drawn upon in many parts of the programme, in practical assignments (PYM0RT, PYM0EP) and in theoretical or evaluative aspects of other modules.

Outline content:
Session 1: Introduction to qualitative methods in psychology
Session 2: Qualitative methods of data collection
Session 3: Qualitative methods of data analyses
Session 4: Rigour in qualitative research
Session 5: Portfolio support

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will be given directed readings that they will be expected to have read before attending seminars. Classes will last around 3 hours and will consist of a formal and structured overview of the area and a discussion in which students will be expected to participate. Some sessions will also involve a component of “hands on” collection and analyses of qualitative data and discussion of the issues arising from applying particular qualitative methods.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 15
Guided independent study 85
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will conduct a small project which will involve the collection and analysis of qualitative data. Details of this will be given out during term time. This work will be presented as portfolio which will be assessed.

Relative percentage of coursework:
100%. With respect to assessment, further general information will be available in the Course Handbook, and module-specific details will be made available in module material.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
A failing piece of coursework may be resubmitted at a date in June, by arrangement with the Course Director. Students should note however that, given the University regulations on failing credits, it may not be in their interests to resubmit the coursework.

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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