Core Module Information
Module title: Introduction to Qualitative & Mixed Methods

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC11155
Module leader: Carol Gray Brunton
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

This module reflects the programme focus on how knowledge can be acquired and applied to practice with the intent to drive improvements in health and social care contexts.

Qualitative research provides rich descriptions and understandings about people’s experiences in health and social care contexts that are essential in order to inform positive changes in practice. Qualitative methods focus on understanding how individuals perceive or respond to a situation. These methods also focus on understanding social interaction in real-life situations. Qualitative methods are often used for studying potentially sensitive topics which may be challenging to investigate using quantitative methods. The module will explore these methods and assess how more recent study designs that combine both qualitative and quantitative methods can strengthen studies

The combination of methods can pose challenges to our assumptions about knowledge itself and so will be addressed to raise awareness of the limitations of some approaches. Key skills demanded in real world scenarios include the ability to discern between high-and low-quality qualitative studies (how trustworthy they are), the ability to match designs to specific questions, and to anticipate likely feasibility and ethical challenges that may arise. The module will address all of these through a combination of critically appraising published studies and considering different frameworks to do so.

Learning Outcomes for module:

1) Compare different philosophical stances that underpin different mixed, multimethod and qualitative approaches
2) Critically appraise and debate different approaches to critique of qualitative and mixed/multi-method studies
3) Critically appraise the ways in which qualitative and mixed/multi- methods can contribute to the process of achieving practice change in health and or/social care settings
4) Evaluate the likely practical and ethical challenges involved in implementing diverse mixed, multimethod and qualitative approaches

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Carol Gray Brunton
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 165
Online Lecture 5
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 15
Online Guided independent study 5
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 100 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 00.20
Component 1 subtotal: 0
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 0

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC11155 Introduction to Qualitative & Mixed Methods