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Qualitative Methods & Research Planning

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGLODE303
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits

10 ECTS

Level of Study

Master's

Full-time/Part-time

Full-time

Objectives and Content

The course builds on Introduction to methodology, and provides a broad overview of (i) approaches to qualitative research, (ii) qualitative data collection methods, (iii) analysis of qualitative data, (iv) ethics throughout the research process, and (v) writing the thesis proposal. The main aim of the module is to prepare the student for their own master¿s thesis research.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the students should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge:

The student has in-depth knowledge of:

  • Different approaches to qualitative research
  • Characteristics and appropriate use of a range of qualitative methods/techniques
  • Different approaches to analysing qualitative data
  • Trustworthiness and reflexivity in qualitative research
  • Ethics throughout the research procedure
  • The requirements for the Master's thesis proposal

Skills:

The student has the ability to:

  • Design an interview guide and conduct an in-depth interview and use at least two other qualitative data collection methods/techniques
  • Code and analyse qualitative data
  • Evaluate ethical procedures related to research design and data collection
  • Design a research project and write a project plan

General competence:

The student:

  • Can communicate and discuss different qualitative research designs and account for their respective advantages and uses
  • Can make qualified choices between different qualitative research methods
  • Can collaborate professionally in groups

Required Previous Knowledge

Students must have completed GLODE302 Introduction to Methodology or an equivalent introductory course to research methods.

Access to the Course

Open to all students registered in Master's Programme in Global Development Theory and Practice. Open to master's students registered in other relevant programmes at UiB.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The teaching methods will consist of lectures, group work and a field work exercise.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in all activities related to fieldwork exercise, (group work tutorials; presentation of project and results)

Essay ¿ a critical discussion of a selected aspects of qualitative methodology relevant to own research project

All activities and assignments must be completed and approved before the student¿s individual work will be evaluated.

Forms of Assessment

Master thesis proposal to be approved by the course leader and the individual supervisor.

Grading Scale

Pass-fail

Assessment Semester

Spring semester every year.

Reading List

Will be made available on 1st December.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the Faculty of Psychology's routines for participatory evaluation and the University of Bergen's Quality Assurance System.

Programme Committee

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology.

Course Coordinator

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology

Course Administrator

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology

Contact

Contact Information

Faculty of Psychology,

Information Centre: studierettleiar.psyfa@uib.no

Tlf: (+47) 55 58 27 10

Exam information

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

  • Type of assessment:

    Submission deadline
    28.08.2017, 12:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    14.08.2017
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam