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ET214 - Qualitative Research

  • Module code: ET214
  • Module name: Qualitative Research
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Have you got an inquisitive mind? Would you like to learn how to design, develop and conduct research in issues related to language, communication and culture? The ability to conduct research is a great skill to have, and one that is highly sought after by employers. In this course you will develop an understanding of qualitative research, including the primary approaches to carrying out qualitative research, some of the important data collection techniques, and how to analyse qualitative data. You will also have an opportunity to hone the crucial skills and attributes you need to be able to conduct research in the future including resilience, intellectual curiosity, personal and project management and critical thinking. This course will give you an opportunity to formulate, design and conduct your own qualitative research project related to a language, culture and communication issue you are interested in, and will provide you with support and feedback along the way to help foster your development as a researcher.

Principal learning outcomes

A) Content/knowledge aims: this module will help you develop an understanding of 1. A range of qualitative research approaches and what they allow researchers to explore. 2. A range of data collection techniques. 3. Principles and processes for collecting, preparing and analysing qualitative data. 4. How qualitative research can be applied to issues and topics in the discipline of Applied Linguistics (language, culture and communication). B) Skill and attribute development aims: this module will give you an opportunity to 1. Develop and demonstrate your critical thinking skills with regards to qualitative research and language, culture and communication. 2. Design, carry out and write up a qualitative research project. 3. Develop and demonstrate intellectual curiosity in the field of Applied Linguistics 4. Develop and demonstrate your resilience and problem solving abilities. 5. Develop and demonstrate your time management and personal/project management abilities. 6. Practice communicating complex ideas and presenting your work in clear and engaging ways.

Timetabled teaching activities

30 hours in Weeks 1 – 10 in Term 1, made up of 10 two-hour lectures and 10 one-hour tutorials.

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Other essential notes

Core course 15 Credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ET214-15)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication (X3Q5) - Year 2
Optional Core