Advanced Qualitative Research Methods – BUSI 816

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/01/2022

Course Description

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of advanced qualitative research processes, including data collection methods and data analysis to write relatable results. The course covers critical aspects of conducting rigorous qualitative research exploring concepts like the researcher’s role, reflexivity, and research ethics.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

This course provides a foundation for a more advanced study of interpretive methods in qualitative research methods. It provides a familiarity with theoretical assumptions, procedures, and standards of quality in qualitative research. It also covers essential concepts and strategies for qualitative research studies.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, this course requires the student to complete 3 discussions. Threads should be a minimum of 500 words. The student is expected to use a minimum of three scholarly resources. The student will reply to at least 2 classmates' threads, in at least 250 words each, building upon the original thread or offering a contrasting viewpoint. The replies must be substantive, using at least two scholarly resources, and must further the discussion.

Researcher Identity and Positionality Memo Assignment

The researcher needs to understand their role in the research process.  This exercise aims to provide a structure for the researcher to build off of as they begin the research development process.  It is also to facilitate a written reflection of the researcher's overall identity and how it influences the research. The assignment should be 1 page in length and supported by at least 3 scholarly sources.

Problem Statement & Research Questions Memo Assignment

The student will create a problem statement and research questions for a topic of interest. The assignment should be 2 pages in length and supported by at least 3 scholarly sources.

The "Two Pager" Research Design Memo Assignment

Writing is a fundamental part of the research design process and helps make sense of how the components within research fit together. This assignment will help the student put down on paper the preliminary pieces of a research design draft. The assignment should be at least 2 pages in length and supported by at least 3 scholarly sources.

Interview Instrument Assignment

Crafting good interview questions is essential for success in the data collection process. This assignment will help the student understand the ins and outs of crafting an interview instrument that will aid in the data collection process to best understand the problem being studied. The student should develop 10 interview questions and supported by at least 3 scholarly sources.

Research Proposal Assignment

A research proposal is a document that proposes a potential research study. This assignment will allow the student to provide a rationale for the decisions that  will be made in developing a research proposal draft. The primary goal is to discuss writing the proposal and the next steps the student will take to address areas that need development and refinement as the student works through the proposal process. The assignment should be at least 2 pages in length and supported by at least 3 scholarly sources.

Interviews Assignment

Conducting interviews and transcribing the information is an integral part of the research process. The primary goal of this assignment is for the student to conduct live interviews to obtain rich, in-depth data. The assignment should be at least 5 pages in length and supported by at least 3 scholarly sources.

Precoding Memo Assignment

Pre-coding interview data is a process that involves reading, questioning, and engaging with collected data before formally beginning the official coding process. The student will review the information gathered during 2 interviews and complete the precoding process. The assignment should be at least 2 pages in length and supported by at least 3 scholarly sources.

Final Report Assignment

Coding and data analysis go hand in hand and are part of the data analysis process. This assignment will allow the student to try their hand at coding and data analysis. They will also present their findings and draw conclusions. The assignment should be 5 pages in length supported by at least 3 scholarly sources.