Qualitative and Quantitative Methods Research Methods

This course is divided into two broad sections. The first section will be an overview of statistical techniques that are appropriate to health related research. It will provide students with some basic building blocks that they can use to carry out their own research and critically evaluate the work of others. Students will be introduced to SPSS in the Quantitative Methods section (this will be used extensively in the Statistics section). The second section is designed to assist students in developing their understanding of a variety of qualitative research methods and to start to develop the skills necessary to conduct a qualitative research project. There is a focus on the general epistemological assumptions which underpin a qualitative research approach and continue with discussions of the different types of qualitative methods and modes of analysis.