QUAL5003: Qualitative Research: Analysis and Writing



6 Credit Points

Offered: Semester 2 2013

Classes: Block mode (2x2 day workshops)

Assessment: Practical analysis activities (20%, 20%, 20%), 2000/5000wd draft journal article (40%)



In this Unit you will analyse and write about qualitative data. This intermediate unit assumes a basic understanding of qualitative research and focuses on qualitative analysis and writing.

Workshop One will introduce advanced analytic strategies including:

  • Conversation Analysis
  • Content Analysis
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Grounded Theory analysis


Our expert guest presenters in 2012 included:

Dr Estelle Noonan; Coordinator, Medical Humanities Program, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM):

  • Discourse Analysis


Dr Sarah White; Program Coordinator and Curriculum Developer, Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University:

  • Conversation Analysis


You will have the opportunity to practice the techniques in class. Between workshops, you will work in pairs to analyse a portfolio of qualitative data.

Workshop Two will concentrate on writing; we will practice tricks and tips for starting writing, structuring articles, and editing your own work. Most importantly, we will practice thinking in genres, asking the question: who is going to read this, and how should I write for them?

After completing this Unit you will have a wider range of analytic techniques at your disposal, and will have experience in shaping your writing to make it appropriate for its intended audience.

More information about this Unit, including application information, is available here.