APME40-Qualitative Research Methods

Module Provider: Agr and Food Econ
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Giacomo Zanello

Email: g.zanello@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module aims to introduce students to qualitative research methods and to provide students with an appreciation of the contribution of such methods to social science research, particularly in relation to economics and as applied in the fields of agriculture and food.


Aims:
This module aims to introduce students to qualitative research methods and to provide students with an appreciation of the contribution of such methods to social science research, particularly in relation to economics and as applied in the fields of agriculture and food.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of this module students will be able to:
• Recognize the role and value of qualitative research methods to social science research.
• Understand the objectives and characteristics of quantitative and qualitative research methods and the synergies between the two.
• Assess the circumstances under which particular qualitative techniquesresearch methods might be used and why and be able to apply them in practice.
• Design and evaluate qualitative research

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
• Classification and overview of qualitative methods
• Design qualitative research and ethical issues
• In-depth interview
• Focus groups and panels
• Participatory methods and ethnographic research
• Projective techniques and unobtrusive measure
• Mixed-methods and qualitative research in practice (NVivo)

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Practicals classes and workshops 8
Work-based learning 80
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 60
Class test administered by School 40

Other information on summative assessment:

Group assignment: Run qualitative research on case studies provided   distil the lessons learnt in a report and present the findings  – Week 9 and 10 (60%)



 



Test: Multiple choice test in Week 11. One hour, 30 questions (40%)


Formative assessment methods:
Moderated group work sessions
‘Snap-tests’

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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

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Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
By examination in August/September.

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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