HLSC646 - Qualitative Research Methods

10 cp
HLSC640 Interpreting Health Research
Prerequisites: For students undertaking the Master of Health Science Research - HLSC621 Introduction to Health Sciences Research
Teaching Organisation: 150 hours of focused learning

The broad aim of this unit is to provide students with a strong research foundation for those who elect to undertake the research stream at Master’s degree level. This unit is necessary for students to be able to execute knowledge and skills in order to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship that responds to an administrative, leadership, educational or clinical challenge in health care.

The unit meets the course objectives of preparing students to analyse and synthesise complex information and to use decision-making skills to respond to emerging challenges within a dynamic health environment. Specifically this unit aims to develop students’ abilities to use qualitative research methods in the context of ethical, person centred health related research. A variety of research approaches will be explored. Research questions, research design and research methods for qualitative data collection and analysis will be examined with a view to developing and conducting rigorous qualitative research.

The aim of this unit is to develop student’s knowledge and skill in relation to qualitative research methods so as to prepare them to undertake a scholarly research-based project.