HLTH08035 2019 Qualitative Research Methodologies

General Details

Full Title
Qualitative Research Methodologies
Transcript Title
Qualitative Research Methodolo
75 %
Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maire McCallion
Programme Membership
SG_SPUBL_K08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Public Health and Health Prom SG_SHEAL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Science and Physical Activity

This module will focus on current research in the health promotion public health field. It will build on the knowledge acquired in Research Methods 1 & 2 and seek to develop skills in qualitative research methods. Students will be introduced to different paradigms in research and a variety of  approaches to qualitative research. Students will be given opportunities to develop research questions suited to qualitative research. Students will be introduced to using focus groups in qualitative research and will design and moderation  focus groups,  analyse data using thematic analysis and report  their findings. 


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify appropriate research methodologies for a given research question.


Conduct a focus group showing an understanding of skills for collecting qualitative data. 


Analyse data from a focus group using thematic analysis and present their findings. 


Be able to appraise a qualitative research paper or report. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching will incorporate lectures and practicals. The lectures will give the students the theory of qualitative research and an overview of some practical skills in conducting focus groups, analysing data and writing reports. 

Practicals will be focused on group qualitative research projects which students will develop over the module. Students will have opportunity to work collaboratively in the design of their focus groups and in the subsequent analysis of the data. This will be supplemented by samples of data which the students will practice their coding. 

This module with link with Research Methods 1 where students will pilot their focus groups with 2nd year students from that module. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment. 

Learner outcomes and assessment are linked to the performance criteria in the professional competencies for Health Promotion.  

Student assessment includes assessment of  specific skills of conducting research on a health issue through continuous assessment project. Every effort is made to give timely and effective feedback to students in workshops as they complete various tasks of their project including desiging, conducting and analysing focus group data.

Students will keep a learning log to note their learning related to specific tasks of their project to develop reflective practice skills and this assessment will be ongoing. .

Students are required to use Turnitin to discourage the use of plagiarism and to emphasise the importance of accurate referencing.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment of qualitative research

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Research in Public Health and Health Promotion

Approaches to Qualitative Research 

Research Questions and Methods 

Sampling for Qualitative Studies 

Focus Groups - Designing and Conducting 

Thematic Analysis for qualitative research

Strategies for ensuring rigor 

Reflexivity in qualitative research

Writing qualitative research 

Appraising Qualitative Research/ Defending Qualitative Research

Involving users in your research 

Ethical issues in Qualitative Research

Mixed methods in health research


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Plan and Conduct a Focus Group Project Group Project 20 % Week 6 1,2
2 Qualitative Research Report Project Group Project 50 % Week 10 3,4
3 Learning Log Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % OnGoing 1,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Group Learning Flat Classroom Group Learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Problem Based Learning Computer Laboratory Problem Based Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2013-04-05 Successful Qualitative Research SAGE Publications Limited
ISBN 1847875823 ISBN-13 9781847875822

Electronic Inspection Copy available for instructors here Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners is an accessible, practical textbook. It sidesteps detailed theoretical discussion in favour of providing a comprehensive overview of strategic tips and skills for starting and completing successful qualitative research. Uniquely, the authors provide a 'patterns framework' to qualitative data analysis in this book, also known as 'thematic analysis'. The authors walk you through a basic thematic approach, and compare and contrast this with other approaches. This discussion of commonalities, explaining why and when each method should be used, and in the context of looking at patterns, will provide you with complete confidence for your qualitative research journey. Key features of this textbook: - Full of useful tips and strategies for successful qualitative work, for example considering the nervous student not just the beginner student. - Skills-based, utilising a range of pedagogical features to encourage you to apply particular techniques and learn from your experience. - The authors use the same dataset throughout - reproduced in full (with associated research materials) on the companion website - to help you make comparisons across different analytical approaches. - A comprehensive suite of student support materials, including practice exam questions, can be found online at www.sagepub.com/braunandclarke. This textbook will be an essential textbook for undergraduates and postgraduates taking a course in qualitative research or using qualitative approaches in a research project. Visit the Companion Website at www.sagepub.com/braunandclarke

Recommended Reading
2016-09-30 Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Routledge
ISBN 1138792489 ISBN-13 9781138792487

The last two decades have witnessed a proliferation of qualitative research in sport and exercise. The Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise is the first book to offer an in-depth survey of established and emerging qualitative methods, from conceptual first principles to practice and process. Written and edited by a team of world-leading researchers, and some of the best emerging talents, the book introduces a range of research traditions within which qualitative researchers work. It explores the different methods used to collect and analyse data, offering rationales for why each method might be chosen and guidance on how to employ each technique successfully. It also introduces important contemporary debates and goes further than any other book in exploring new methods, concepts, and future directions, such as sensory research, digital research, visual methods, and how qualitative research can generate impact. Cutting-edge, timely and comprehensive, the Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise is an essential reference for any student or scholar using qualitative methods in sport and exercise-related research.

Required Reading
2011-09-02 Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Public Health SAGE
ISBN 9781412990332 ISBN-13 1412990335
Recommended Reading
2018-04-05 Qualitative Methods for Health Research SAGE Publications Limited
ISBN 1473997119 ISBN-13 9781473997110

Packed with practical advice and research quick tips, this book is the perfect companion to your health research project. It not only explains the theory of qualitative health research so you can interpret the studies of others, but also showcases how to approach, start, maintain, and disseminate your own research. It will help you: Understand the role of the researcher Develop an effective research proposal Seek ethical approval Conduct interviews, observational studies, mixed methods, and web-based designs Use secondary and digital sources Code, manage, and analyse data Write up your results Whether you are studying public health, sports medicine, occupational therapy, nursing, midwifery, or another health discipline, the authors will be your surrogate supervisors and guide you through evaluating or undertaking any type of health research. Judith Green is Professor of Sociology of Health at Kings College London. Nicki Thorogood is Programme Director, DrPH, at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Required Reading
2010-12-08 Qualitative Research Methods SAGE Publications Limited
ISBN 1412922267 ISBN-13 9781412922265

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources



Journal Resources

International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/zqhw20/current 

Watkins, D. C. (2012). Qualitative Research: The Importance of Conducting Research That Doesn’t “Count.” Health Promotion Practice13(2), 153–158. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839912437370 

Tong A, Sainsbury P, Craig J. Consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research (COREQ): a 32-item checklist for interviews and focus groups. Int J Qual Health Care. 2007;19(6):349-357.  http://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/coreq/  

URL Resources

Qualitative Chart Chooser http://stephanieevergreen.com/qualitative-chart-chooser/ 

Braun and Clarke (2018). Thematic Analysis and Introduction.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zFcC10vOVY&t=155s

Creswell JW, Klassen AC, Plano Clark VL, Smith KC for the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Best practices for mixed methods research in the health sciences. August 2011. National Institutes of Health. https://obssr.od.nih.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Best_Practices_for_Mixed_Methods_Research.pdf   



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